A bitter divorce battle between the co-owners of a popular vegan Manhattan ice cream shop could lead to the store closing, the New York Post reports.
Derek Hackett and ex-wife Blythe Boyd, both of Manhattan, opened East Village store Lula’s Apothecary in 2008 while still married — quickly establishing a loyal following that included Paul McCartney’s ex, Heather Mills.
But the couple got divorced in 2012 — and earlier this month, Hackett filed papers in Manhattan Supreme Court demanding the business be dissolved because Boyd is hoarding the profits for herself.
Hackett claims that his ex-wife has completely frozen him out of the business despite their equal ownership and that profits are tanking, court papers show.
“Boyd controls the operations and has looted, wasted or diverted for non-corporate purposes all assets,” he claimed in court papers.
“Boyd has substantially cut the hours of the retail location during the busiest season, the late spring and summer months, and as such continues to operate to the detriment of the shareholders.”
As a result, Hackett claims he’s on the edge of bankruptcy and wants the business shut down so he’s no longer liable for financial mismanagement, court papers show.
His filing also suggests that she is trying to force him out of the business in order to find a new investor, court records show.
But Boyd, 37, countered that she did all the work — and that Hackett just reaped the profits and used them to pay his rent.