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High roller Vadim Trincher sues for $6 million over mildew damages at Trump Tower condo

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, Published: Sunday, October 7, 2012

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Vadim Trincher and his wife, Elena, believe the mold came from an upstairs rehab of a duplex.

High-rolling businessman and professional poker player Vadim Trincher knows when to hold and when to fold, but he says there’s never a good time for mold.

According to papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday, Trincher and his wife, Elena , are seeking $6 million for mildew-related damages to their lavish 63rd-floor Trump Tower condo at 721 Fifth Ave. They claim those damages stem from the gut rehab of an upstairs duplex that was once owned by Bruce Willis and Demi Moore .

Trincher’s lawyer, Alexander Shapiro , says the trouble began last Oct. 17, when his clients’ maid went to clean a closet in the guest room and discovered 3 inches of water and lots of mold. Shapiro said experts later told them that even though there was no smell, the mold had been growing for weeks. They estimated the leak started a month earlier as the result of a broken valve in a duplex bathroom on the 64th floor. The leak was severe enough that the contractor who was working upstairs reported a problem to building managers on Oct. 14, according to court papers.

The mold ruined custom-made, silk-covered wall panels in the guest room and living room. Shapiro said the fabric was specially designed for the couple and is irreplaceable. The lawsuit pegs an estimate value for the walls at $5 million. It says the water also ruined “an extremely rare silk carpet” worth $150,000.

Elena Trincher claims that mold was also responsible for making her ill with a respiratory condition. According to the News’ Barbara Ross , these conditions also caused the Trinchers to cancel a fundraiser for Newt Gingrich ’s presidential campaign that they’d hoped to host last year.

The Trinchers’ suit is being filed against their condominium association and contractor Hunter Roberts Construction. That association had no comment. Neither Trincher nor Hunter Roberts returned our request for comment.

The Trinchers purchased the three-bedroom, 3,000-plus square-foot unit for $5 million in May 2009. A little more than a month earlier, he had won a $731,000 tournament at Foxwoods. The unit’s asking price was said to be $1 million higher, but apparently the Trinchers called the seller’s bluff.

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