‘Real Housewife’ Sonja Files for Bankruptcy

By: / November 17, 2010

Sonja Tremont-Morgan, one of the new stars of Real Housewives of New York, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Wednesday in Manhattan.

The 46-year-old socialite listed $19.8 million in debt and $13.5 million in assets on her bankruptcy petition.

Sonja blamed her financial woes on a recent legal battle with Hannibal Pictures, Inc. over a failed movie project with John Travolta. Sonja claims that John demanded too much from her production company, Sonja Productions, and she was unable to meet his requests.

The film, Fast Flash to Bang Time, stopped production in 2006 and Hannibal Pictures filed a lawsuit against Sonja Productions in California and won a $7 million judgment. Sonja claims she was poorly represented during the case and claims she has filed an appeal.

Sonja also blames some of her financial woes on her painful (and unresolved) divorce with her husband, an alleged descendant of J.P. Morgan tycoon John Adams.

Watch Sonja introduce herself to the Real Housewives of New York below.


 

Sonja has also had her fair share of legal woes in the past few months – in June, Sonja was arrested for drunk driving in Long Island, NY.

Sonja isn’t the first member of the Housewives franchise to file bankruptcy, New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and her husband famously filed for bankruptcy earlier this year after bragging about their wealth to Bravo cameras.

The New York cast of Housewives is currently filming their fourth season.

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