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Manager Mom Responds to Supermodel Hilary Rhoda's Lawsuit

By Ephrat Livni, Esq. on January 15, 2016 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Supermodel Hilary Rhoda sued her mother and former manager in 2014, claiming mom pilfered millions from her personal accounts. Now, her mom has counterclaimed, denying all of the allegations and saying that her daughter breached her management contract, reports People.

The model's filings make some very serious allegations of financial fraud. Not only did mom use Hilary's money and credit cards for her own personal use, but she also forged her kid's signature, according to court documents.

Mom to Manager

The civil suit alleges that Marianne Rhoda "manipulated her familial role to improperly seize -- and then abuse -- enormous power over Hilary's finances." Hilary Rhoda is alleging that her mother embezzled more than $2 million from her personal acounts and charged hundreds of thousands of dollars on her daughter's credit card.

But the model's mother denied all of the allegations in her counterclaim and said that it is her daughter who acted improperly. There were no details reported on how Marianne claims that Rhoda breached her contract with manager-mom.

Family Feud

Sources told the New York Daily News last fall that the real reason Rhoda and her mother are feuding, however, is the model's new husband, former National Hockey League player Sean Avery. Rhodes and Avery were married in October 2015 and Hilary's brother and mother were not invited because Avery had allegedly driven a wedge between the once-close family members and "brainwashed" Rhoda into cutting out her mother.

Making It in Modeling

Mother Marianne is credited with making her daughter Hilary an international star. Hilary started modeling in Maryland, where she was discovered at a scouting event. She soon started working for Abercrombie and Fitch and eventually became the face of Estee Lauder in 2007.

Rhoda has represented the world's biggest fashion houses in advertising and on the runway. She has been featured as one of the highest paid models in the world in a ranking by Forbes. But she is perhaps best known for her appearance in the popular Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues in 2009-2011.

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