Page Six reports that former socialite Tinsley Mortimer, who was arrested last week for trespassing on her ex Nico Fanjul’s Palm Beach property, was in an allegedly abusive relationship with Fanjul.
According to police reports also obtained by People, Mortimer—who nowadays plans events for a tax company called Engineered Tax Services—was found “crying and screaming irrationally” on Fanjul’s property last week, where he was with his new girlfriend; she spent three hours in jail. This appears to have been the latest in a string of incidents involving Mortimer and Fanjul, the latter whom is the son of billionaire “sugar baron” Alexander Fanjul.
Their on-and-off relationship began in 2012 and ended earlier this month, according to a Page Six source; Fanjul reportedly kept the relationship “confined to after-hours hookups” and friends described it as “unhealthy.” According to one police report, Mortimer was hospitalized on Christmas Day 2013 “due to a possible battery”; via Page Six:
“We saw that Tinsley had a laceration on the back of her head that was still bleeding . . . The left side of her face next to her eye was very swollen with yellow-and-green bruising. We also saw red and bruised markings on her forearms, biceps and elbows,” wrote the officer after visiting Mortimer, who had her mother, Dale Mercer, by her side, at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach.
She received three staples in the back of her head. Originally, Mortimer told officers that she tripped and fell.
Later, she told officers that she tried to intervene in a fight between Fanjul and his brother, who struck her in the eye; Fanjul then allegedly defended his brother, and “the argument escalated to the point he covered her mouth and nose.”
A few days later, according to People, an apparently intoxicated Mortimer was issued a warning for trespassing on Fanjul’s property, at which point she told police of “an incident of battery/domestic violence” that allegedly occurred on December 25; when contacted by police for follow-up, Mortimer declined to provide a statement and “made several references to how powerful the family is and did not want to start anything.”
In June 2014, Mortimer told police that Fanjul “tried to smother her with a pillow,” according to Page Six, after which she locked herself in the car; although she took an iPhone video of Fanjul keying the car, ripping off the windshield wipers, and breaking the windshield, Mortimer refused to sign an affidavit. In December 2014, police were dispatched again, finding only an intoxicated Fanjul with scratches and bruising on his body; a neighbor told police that he “witnessed Fanjul tackle [Mortimer] and push her head into the pavement.” When police contacted Mortimer, she did not wish to prosecute.
“The one regret I have is that I stayed in an unhealthy relationship for as long as I did,” Mortimer told Page Six.
Fanjul was not reached for comment, but his mother, Nicole Fanjul, denied the allegations against her son in a somewhat stunning statement to Page Six:
“It’s all hearsay, and all [Mortimer’s] black-and-blue stuff is what she’s done to herself or what somebody else has done to her,” Nicole says. “She hides in the bushes, she hides in her car, she puts cigarettes out in his face, did anybody ever tell you that? This makes ‘Fatal Attraction’ look like a cartoon. She’s insane. This is a result of a woman scorned.
“She’s going up against us and she’s going down.”
Page Six also for some reason contacted Mortimer’s ex Constantine Maroulis, of American Idol fame. “She needs to love herself more, and respect herself more, and find someone who’s going to care about her,” Maroulis said.
I’m sure Tinsley is finding that very helpful, Constantine.
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