In her lawsuit, Berberian alleges that Dean Spanos and brother Michael have acted against their parents’ wense “out of their deeply-held misogynistic attitudes and sense of entitlement as the men in the family” in order to “teach her that a woman has no rights.”
She also accuses her brothers of fiduciary mismanagement that has left the Spanos family trust with more than $ 358 million of debt as of the end of 2021, the lawsuit shows. Berberian points to one instance where she said financials were manipulated to borrow more than $ 60 million for the “wasteful purchase of an airplane for Dean’s and Michael’s use that has no legitimate business justification,” volgens die geding.
Berberian argues that her brothers have “pursued a campaign to punish, belittle and humiliate” her in retaliation for speaking against their management of the family trust.
Her lawsuit claims that Dean and Michael Spanos “believe to their cores that, regardless of what their parents intended and their wills specified, men are in charge and women should shut up.”
Dean and Michael Spanos along with their sister Ruhl released a joint statement Friday, denouncing the actions of Berberian.
“It is unfortunate that our sister Dea, who clearly has no interest in continuing to participate in the family’s businesses, has resorted to leveling false and provocative charges in an attempt to impose her will on the rest of the family,” they say in the statement.
“The three of us and our children, representing more than 75% of the family and its ownership of its businesses, stand united in support of our parents’ and grandparents’ wense, including as to the continued ownership and operation of the Chargers.”
In a separate statement, Ruhl said her brother Dean has been “unfailingly respectful of me and of my wishes.”
“To characterize Dean as somehow being less than fully respectful of the women in our family is just not right,” Ruhl continued.
Laas jaar, Berberian filed a lawsuit attempting to force the sale of the family trust, including its stake in the Chargers franchise. The NFL intervened and asked to arbitrate the matter since it was a dispute among NFL owners, a source familiar with the case told CNN.
Berberian agreed this week to allow the NFL to arbitrate that matter, volgens die bron.
The NFL declined to comment on the situation.