Former Wayne homeowners are speaking out through their lawyer for the first time since accusing a real estate agent they hired to sell their township home of having sex with a colleague in the residence nearly a dozen times.
Ronald T. Nagle, an attorney representing Richard and Sandra Weiner, issued a statement last week saying his clients are not seeking media attention with their lawsuit.
The Weiners filed a lawsuit in December claiming Coldwell Banker realtor Robert Lindsay, a Wayne resident, had sex with his colleague, Jeannemarie Phelan, also a Wayne resident, in their home 11 times. The couple claims they caught the “sexual escapades” on their home’s security cameras.
Both Lindsay and Phelan have filed countersuits claiming Weiner tried to extort $1 million from them.
“Despite a strong public and social media interest in this matter, the Weiners have not spoken to the press and have not granted any requests for interviews despite numerous demands,” Nagle said in the statement. “One of the defendants’ attorneys was quoted as stating the Weiners wanted to try their case in the media—this is not true.”
Coldwell Banker representatives have said the company cut ties with Lindsay and Phelan immediately after hearing about the alleged incidents. The company also referred to the real estate agents as "independent contractors." However, Nagle argues the realty’s reaction was not been severe enough.
“Coldwell Banker has treated this matter as if their realtors Robert Lindsay and Jeannemarie Phelan spilled a cup of coffee in the Weiner’s home,” he said.
“The allegations are much more serious and important to the Weiners and, clearly, should be important to current Coldwell Banker clients.”
The lawyer questioned whether the real estate agency actually severed its relationship with the realtors.
Nagle also refuted claims the Weiners’ home contained hidden cameras, and released a photo showing the placement of one of the cameras in the home.
“Our only intention here is to refute and clarify the obvious public positioning of both Coldwell Banker and the two former Coldwell Banker realtors,” he said.
The New Jersey Real Estate Commission is investigating the case. Since the alleged incidents occurred beginning in 2011, the Weiners have moved to Denville.