The estranged husband of actress Kate Walsh has filed papers asking a judge to force her accounting firm to produce more financial information about her and their home.
20th Century Fox studio executive Alex Young married the actress, who plays the role of Dr. Addison Montgomery on "Private Practice" and "Greys Anatomy," in September 2007.
They were married for only about 14 months before he filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Shortly before their marriage, they bought a multimillion-dollar home and more than $800,000 worth of valuable furniture and artwork using both their earnings, according to his petition to the court. All of the financial records related to the house and payment of bills went to their Santa Monica-based accounting firm, London & Co., which also acted as their business managers and tax preparers. Young, 37, signed on with the firm, which Walsh, 42, had been using before their marriage.
After Young filed for divorce on Nov. 22, 2008, in order to maintain peace and in an attempt to diffuse hostilities, he volunteered to move out of the house and took next to nothing, said his petition. Walsh (pictured) retained exclusive possession of the house, along with all its furnishings and artwork.
Starting in December and continuing into January, Young asked the accounting firm to provide him with documents and information, primarily about the house and payment of expenses for the house. However, his petition contends, London & Co. was very slow to respond and it would not answer certain questions that Mr. Young [asked] it about the payment of expenses and the way that London & Co. continued to use Mr. Youngs earnings, which were still being deposited into accounts by London & Co.
The firm did not respond to a request for comment by WebCPA, nor did Walshs or Youngs attorneys.
The accounting firm asked the court for an order of protection against Young last month, claiming that he was bothering them in the midst of tax season.
"Young is intent on harassing London, a non-party accounting firm, on the week before the tax-filing deadline through a series of cryptic, threatening and abusive letters, said the firm, according to Radar Online.
London & Co. told the court it had sent about 3,000 pages of documents to Youngs attorneys, but, Youngs motive is to compound the stress of tax season and harass London and its employees.
Young asked Judge Rafael Ongkeko not to grant the accounting firms request. He claimed the firm had given him overwhelming stress, according to TMZ.com.
In his April petition, Young claimed the firm had violated federal regulations, state law and the ethical rules that apply to accountants by failing or refusing to provide basic financial documents and information when its client, Mr. Young, requested those things. He accused the firm of having a conflict of interest by continuing to perform services for Walsh and claimed that violated the ethical rules for accountants.
He also accused the firm of seeking negative publicity against him. London & Co. is well aware that both Mr. Young and Ms. Walsh are public figures and that documents that it filed in the courts publicly accessible file will be picked up and published by the news media, he said. Thus, it is clear that London & Co.s very inaccurate and incomplete motion was designed as a press release to benefit one client, Ms. Walsh, and prejudice another, Mr. Young. Youngs petition also charged that the firms spin on the facts is not accurate and should not be believed.
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