Celebrity hair stylist who accused his heiress ex of tricking him into a ‘sham wedding’ for publicity launches legal battle to keep $31,500 sheepskin CHAIR with bull horns and bronze goats feet they received as a marriage gift
- William Jordan Blackmore says he was duped by then girlfriend Andi Potamkin
- He says he thought the pair were wed in 2015 at the Amangiri resort in Utah
- Celeb guests flew in by private jet to the four-day event covered by a magazine
- But Blackmore, 35, now calls it a ‘sham’ after their officiator was not ordained
- He alleges Andi, 30, formed the plan with her millionaire dad Alan Potamkin, 70
- Alan was said to be worried Blackmore would not sign a pre-nup, documents say
- Andi told a friend the officiant did not need to become ordained, the suit claims
- Blackmore learned they were never legally married when documents sent by Andi referred to their ‘symbolic’ ceremony, his lawsuit claims
A celebrity hair stylist has filed a lawsuit against his heiress ex seeking possession of a $31,500 chair that they received as a gift at their ‘sham wedding’.
William Jordan Blackmore, 37, tied the knot to longtime girlfriend Andi Potamkin, 31, in a star-studded ceremony back in 2015, only to learn three years later that they were not legally wed.
New York-based Blackmore filed a lawsuit against his ‘wife’ last year, alleging that she had told the celebrant not to get ordained so that the nuptials would not be legally binding.
Blackmore said Potamkin simply wanted a lavish wedding ceremony for publicity, and did not actually want to be his wife.
He later dropped that lawsuit, but the pair are still embroiled in a messy legal battle over their possessions – including the bespoke chair.
The snazzy seat – known as the ‘Beast Chair’ – was designed by the Haas Brothers, and is covered in Icelandic sheepskin, according to The New York Post.
Celebrity hair stylist, William Jordan Blackmore, has filed a lawsuit against his heiress ex Andi Potamkin seeking possession of a $31,500 chair that they received as a gift at their ‘sham wedding’. The couple are pictured in happier times
The ‘Beast Chair’ – was designed by the Haas Brothers, and is covered in Icelandic sheepskin, according to The New York Post
It also features ‘spike carved wooden horns and cast bronze goat hoof feet’.
The New York Post reports that it is complete with ‘a bronze penis and testes to boot.’
Blackmore – who trims the tresses of Elizabeth Olsen, Marc Jacobs and Selena Gomez – wants to sell the unusual wedding gift.
Legal documents filed last week also reveal that he is hoping to offload other items that he and Potamnkin received at their ‘wedding’.
They include an $8,500 bar cart and a high-end digital clock.
Blackmore also claims that that Potamkin is refusing to give back six artworks that he originally owned before their ‘sham’ marriage – including an original Andy Warhol.
Meanwhile, Potamkin filed her own lawsuit last December seeking to sell the couple’s 80-acre estate in Hudson Valley, New York and keep the profits.
Blackmore has filed a counterclaim, seeking to keep the cash from the sale.
Blackmore and Potamkin met at a Miami nightclub in 2006, and became engaged in 2010
Blackmore and Potamkin met at a Miami nightclub in 2006, the year she turned 17 and he turned 22.
They fell in love and got engaged four years later when Blackmore proposed with a $90,000 ring.
Their 2015 ‘wedding ceremony’ was held at the $3,000-per-night Amangiri resort in Utah, and was attended by guests including Elizabeth Olsen.
Those in attendance were told ‘frequent outfit changes encouraged’ as they took part in zip-lining, hiking and poker among other activities at the extravaganza dubbed ‘the dreamiest desert wedding you’ve ever seen’.
The long-term couple – who met in a Miami nightclub in 2006 and even got matching tattoos – were not really getting hitched and split in 2018
The groom alleges Andi formed the plan with her millionaire dad Alan Potamkin (pictured)
According to Blackmore’s 2019 lawsuit, he claimed that it was Potamkin’s wealthy father, Alan, who did not want her to be wed.
The lawsuit claimed: ‘The truth was that Andi never wanted to marry Jordan; she just wanted a lavish wedding experience, a public-relations stunt and the attention that came with it’.
Alan wanted ‘to give his daughter the fantasy experience and attention she so desired, with no lasting consequences under law’ the suit adds.
It went on: ‘Alan also did not want his daughter to be legally married to Jordan because he was afraid that Jordan would not sign a prenuptial agreement before the wedding. So Alan and Andi fraudulently induced Jordan unwittingly to participate in a wedding that was a sham.’
Blackmore dropped the lawsuit.
Blackmore learned they were never legally married when legal documents sent by Andi referred to their ‘symbolic’ ceremony, his lawsuit claims