A wealthy New York socialite who once compared herself to Princess Diana was arrested Tuesday for allegedly attacking her former housekeeper, police said.
Libbie Mugrabi, 43 — the ex-wife of billionaire Andy Warhol art collector David Mugrabi — is accused of breaking her ex-employee’s cellphone and threatening her with a knife and mop handle over the summer.
She was busted in her Sag Harbor home and charged with menacing, criminal mischief and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.
The fight broke out July 31 after the housekeeper complained about money she was owed, and ended when Mugrabi “forcefully and unlawfully” evicted the employee, Southampton Town Police said in a statement.
The socialite was released without bail following her arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court, sources said.
Mugrabi’s lawyer called her a “pillar of our community” in the ritzy Hamptons and insisted she was innocent.
“Libbie Mugrabi is a pillar of our community and a law abiding citizen,” Marianne Bertuna, of Aidala Bertuna & Kamins, said in a statement. “The evidence will show that she is innocent of all these charges. We look forward to this matter being swiftly dismissed in its entirety.”
Friends of Mugrabi said she denies the charges, with one Hamptons pal huffing, “Libbie is innocent of the claims she is accused of.”
Mugrabi grew up in Deal, New Jersey, the daughter of a plastic surgeon dad and a mother who was a nurse. After culinary school she met David, the son of a businessman known for his extension art collection.
The two got married without a prenup, and called it quits in 2020 in what was called the nastiest divorce in New York City. The pair, who share a son and a daughter, tussled over a $72 million townhouse, a nine-bedroom estate and control of the Mugrabi art collection.
They finally reached an unspecified settlement after Mugrabi sought $100 million in the divorce, but her ex took her to court claiming she never returned several pieces of art, a Ferrari and a Porsche.
Mugrabi compared herself to the late Princess of Wales during the acrimonious split.