updated 05/14/2009 AT 6:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/14/2009 AT 7:00 AM ET
Now that a New York State Appellate Court ruling has placed in jeopardy Victoria Gotti’s Long Island mansion – the five-bedroom, 5½-bath white brick residence familiar to viewers of her 2004 Growing Up Gotti reality show – the daughter of late Mob boss John Gotti declares, “This is by no means over!”
Speaking outside Brooklyn Federal Court on Wednesday, after a hearing over her dispute with over her $650,000 debt to housing lender JPMorgan Chase, Gotti, 46, said, “I’m never going to lose the house – trust me,” reports New York’s two tabloids, the New York Post and Daily News. “The only way I’m leaving is selling it, and we wanted out of there, anyway.”
The house currently is on the market for $3.2 million.
When word of Gotti’s housing problem became public earlier this week, the so-called Mafia Princess told Newsday, “I’m bitter. The house, all the marital assets, are part of a divorce package [from ex-husband, Carmine Agnello], I have never seen yet.”
A 2007 lower court decision called JPMorgan Chase’s foreclosure on the property premature, while last week a Brooklyn appeals court reversed that ruling – as well as approved a plan to appoint a referee to coordinate the sale of the residence.
Her Financial Plan
But Gotti insists there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. She intends to clear her debt once she seizes control of commercial properties belonging to her ex, an auto shredder who served a nine-year prison sentence for racketeering.
Though at the time of his sentencing in 2001 Agnello surrendered his claim on the properties, the feds have agreed to permit Gotti to assume ownership – provided she can pay off the liens on them. This would allow her to lease out the properties and pay off her mortgage.
But, both newspapers point out, Agnello’s 85-year-old mother, Marie, owns three of the properties in question – and could therefore kill any chance for Victoria’s deal.
Not that Gotti is playing diplomat. Speaking outside the court Wednesday, she blasted Carmine for taking an $856,000 loan out against the Westbury, Long Island, home without her knowledge and called him a deadbeat dad to their three sons: Carmine Jr., John and Frank Agnello.
“Too many fathers walk away from their responsibilities, and my ex-husband is one of them,” she said, according to the News.