December 12th, 2013
11:53 AM ET

Elle Macpherson's Husband at Center of Helicopter Crash Lawsuit

Former supermodel elle macpherson's billionaire husband is at the center of a bombshell lawsuit, CNN's Nischelle Turner reports.

Daria Pastouhkova filed a "wrongful death" suit against Jeffrey Soffer in a Miami federal court for a whopping $100 million.

The suit alleges Soffer caused a helicopter crash that killed her husband, Lance Valdez, in November 2012.

According to the complaint, Soffer was "recklessly flying and controlling" the helicopter as he attempted to land at Baker's Bay golf club in the Bahamas.

Pastouhkova says turbulence suddenly hit when the chopper was less than ten feet off the ground. Soffer then allegedly pulled back too sharply on the controls, causing the helicopter to spin out of control and to rear backwards some 75 feet, causing it to crash violently into the ground.

After the crash, Pastouhkova says Soffer "conspired" with the other passengers and duped her into signing a contract that gave her "$2 million in insurance proceeds..."

An effort, she alleges in the complaint, to conceal that he was piloting the helicopter "for the primary purpose of avoiding his own personal liability."

CNN reached out to Soffer's lawyer for comment– they didn't reply. A rep for Macpherson said the supermodel had "no comment."

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  1. Timmy Mcdonald

    This comes as no surprise. He was notorious for flying many different types of aircraft when he shouldn't have been at the controls, despite the fact he may have owned them. Many incidents arose when he decided to take the controls, and put in jeopardy the lives of others, as well as the careers of others who took the blame. Live and learn, money doesn't mean you CAN do anything you want. Reliable source of a source.

    December 13, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Reply

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