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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Billionaire Estee Lauder heir locked in legal battle with baby mama

LauderBillionaire cosmetics heir William Lauder is "trying to kick his baby mama out of the $7 million Bel Air mansion he gave her. . . " 

The battle was apparently ignited by their child's "innocent social media post." 

The battle is centered on the Bel Air mansion which is 6,000 square feet and looks over Los Angeles. William Lauder is working hard to kick his ex-lover, Taylor Stein out of the mansion. 

William Lauder is son to billionaire philanthropist Leonard Lauder, who has donated more than $1 billion worth of art to the Metropolitan Museum. Stein is the daughter of legendary NYC nightclub impresario Howard Stein, who has sense past away. Stein's grandfather was a loan shark who was murdered by the Westies gang. 

Lauder and Stein met in 2000 at a party at Lauder's mansion in Aspen. At the time, Lauder was still married to his wife Karen. The two strikes up an affair about a year later and Stein was pregnant by 2005. Apparently, Lauder asked Stein to end the pregnancy because he was negotiating an agreement with his wife. 

Lauder and Stein have had a rocky relationship since then that has involved legal agreements, NDAs, and restraining orders. 

The battle at issue now began last year when Lauder and Stein's 13-year-old daughter described her parents as "divorced" on social media. 

See Isabel Vincent & Melissa Klein, Billionaire Estee Lauder heir locked in legal battle with baby mama, N.Y. Post, March 20, 2021. 

Special thanks to Laura Galvan (Attorney, San Antonio, Texas) for bringing this article to my attention.  


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