Donovan Eckhardt was the former host of “Windy City Rehab,”It appears that it is an insult to injury.
First, the star of the show, Alison Victoria, labeled him an untrustworthy villain, an unreliable builder, and a cheat who pocketed construction funds — accusations that are false, according to a pending defamation lawsuit against the show’s producers.
And now she’s trying to cash in on a hot real estate market by selling her own extravagant Bucktown home for more than $2 million — that Eckhardt built.
Eckhardt, in an effort to convince a Cook County judge to scuttle an attempt by the show’s producers to have the case transferred to a court in California, pointed out that the case should continue here because nearly every relevant witness lives in or around Chicago.
“Alison, who made most of the false and defamatory statements about me during the season two episodes … lives in Chicago (in a home that I built),”Eckhardt made the statement in an affidavit last week.
Eckhardt’s attorney, Dan Hogan, declined to comment on the parenthetical comment.
Alison Victoria’s Bucktown home that’s for sale.
Victoria listed her Bucktown home for the first time in September 2013 at $2,295,000
After taking the home off the marketplace, she re-listed the property five weeks later after slashing $100,000.
An online listing describes the property as follows: “stunning full masonry brick and limestone single family home in prime Bucktown. With design treasures sourced from Parisian markets and hand-crafted work by local artisans, this custom home celebrates timeless old world sensibilities blended with contemporary living.”
It continues: “As soon as you enter the home you notice an abundance of natural light, high coffered ceilings, herringbone white oak floors, and traditional millwork that add vintage charm.”
Eckhardt’s defamation suit, which seeks $2.2 million in damages, states he “has suffered from depression, sleeplessness, loss of appetite”He has received counseling for the treatment. “embarrassing, traumatic and humiliating”Experience.
It also notes that although the show was a huge hit with viewers, he was only paid $3,000.
HGTV, which produces the show, announced that in February, fans could expect new episodes. “Windy City Rehab”Episodes will begin airing later in the year.