Estée Lauder heiress settles lawsuit against New York celebrity’s ex-lover

Cosmetics heir William Lauder has settled a lawsuit over a $7 million Bel Air mansion that sparked a full-blown legal battle between the Estée Lauder chairman and his former lover, New York socialite Taylor Stein, according to The Post confirmed.

According to court documents obtained by The Post, the chief executive officer of The Estée Lauder Companies and Stein reached an agreement on Aug. 9, but the terms of that agreement remain confidential.

Stein first filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles in August 2018, alleging that Lauder backed out of their agreement when he refused to make the annual payments for the sprawling five-bedroom, six-bathroom home while she, their teenage daughter and her brother lived there.

Stein also claimed Lauder was constantly harassing her and hired high-profile private investigator Jack Palladino to spy on her, sources told The Post.

William Lauder
William Lauder settles lawsuit over $7 million Bel Air home
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Taylor Stein first filed the lawsuit, alleging that Lauder backed out of their agreement when he refused to make the annual payments on their home.

Lauder fired back with his own lawsuit, alleging that Stein violated their 2007 confidentiality agreement and a “non-denigration” provision “multiple times” that he alleges triggered a “reclaim” provision that barred him from the Relieved obligation to pay for the house and would allow him to evict his baby mom and former lover of the Bel Air mansion.

As part of their 2007 agreement, Lauder had reportedly agreed to pay Stein $1 million for each year she was silent and not publicly reveal that he was her daughter’s father.

Lauder, son of billionaire Leonard and Evelyn Lauder, wanted to keep his affair with the socialite out of the press.

Evelyn Lauder and Leonard Lauder
Evelyn Lauder and Leonard Lauder are William’s parents.
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According to a Forbes report, Stein, the daughter of legendary nightclub owner Howard Stein, agreed she would not come within 100 yards of any member of the Lauder family in Palm Beach, Aspen and New York.

In court documents, Lauder said he had “no interest” in sacking Stein, his daughter or Stein’s brother, but said the socialite “should not derive any personal benefit from their violations.”

The feuding ex-boyfriends agreed on one thing – they asked the court to seal various documents in the case because of the sensitive information about them and their beloved child.

According to transcripts obtained by the Post, on Sept. 2 the judge granted their joint motion to have the documents sealed to protect their teenage daughter.

The feud between the two began in 2020 after the couple’s then 13-year-old posted on social media that her parents were divorced. Lauder said the Post also violated the confidentiality agreement, sources said.

It’s not known if Stein will have to move out of the residence, but according to the Los Angeles County Registry Office, Stein’s Trust is still listed as the owner of the $7 million Bel Air mansion.

Karen Lauder and William Lauder
Lauder began his love affair with Stein during his marriage to his first wife, Karen.
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Messages to Lauder and Stein’s attorneys went unanswered.

The pair first began dating when Lauder saw Stein at his mansion in Aspen, still married to his wife Karen. Their daughter was born as a result of the affair, but their relationship had been strained for years.

Stein was arrested in 2013 on a domestic violence misdemeanor after the former couple argued on the street in Los Angeles.

The socialite pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 13 days of community service cleaning the streets for the California Department of Transportation. Estée Lauder heiress settles lawsuit against New York celebrity’s ex-lover


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