From the Record:
Pay me $990,000 or have your love nest exposed and your reputation destroyed.
That’s the choice a Wayne real estate agent claims he was presented by a homeowner suing him for allegedly overpricing his home so that it wouldn’t sell while he and a female colleague met there and had sex — trysts the homeowner says were captured on videotape by a security camera.
Robert Lindsay, a former Coldwell Banker agent now working for Re/Max, filed a countersuit Tuesday in state Superior Court in Passaic County accusing his former client of attempted extortion by demanding just shy of $1 million in return for his silence and not releasing the alleged sex tapes to the media.
The lawsuit filed Dec. 6 by the homeowners, Richard and Sandra Weiner, prompted an investigation by the New Jersey Real Estate Commission that could result in Lindsay, a past president of the Passaic County Board of Realtors, and Jeannemarie Phelan losing their real estate licenses and being fined, a spokesman for the state Department of Banking and Insurance said last month.
The countersuit’s claims could make it a criminal matter, according to Lindsay’s attorney, Joseph Afflito Sr. of Wayne.
The shakedown, the suit states, began soon after the Weiners viewed the tapes.
“Thereafter, on numerous occasions, plaintiffs, both directly and by and through agents, made numerous demands on Coldwell Banker to be paid $990,000 in order to avoid instituting suit,” according to the countersuit.
In their lawsuit, the Weiners accused Lindsay of deliberately listing their home above its market value to avoid having to show it to prospective buyers and using the bedroom and other locations in the home to have sex with Phelan. Eleven sexual encounters were caught on tape by a security camera, the suit states.
In one instance, according to the lawsuit, Sandra Weiner was watching a live feed and called police when she didn’t recognize the two people in the house. When police arrived, they found Lindsay pulling up his pants, the suit states.