Second Real Estate Agent in Alleged Sex Scandal Files Countersuit

Jeannemarie Phelan claims the owner of a home she and a colleague were allegedly filmed having sex is attempting to extort nearly $1M from her.

A screenshot of Phelan from realtor.com.
A screenshot of Phelan from realtor.com.

Jeannemarie Phelan, a real estate broker who allegedly had sex multiple times with a colleague in a client’s home, has filed a countersuit against the homeowner.

Phelan is accusing homeowner Richard Weiner of trying to extort nearly $1 million from her or else he would release video of her and colleague Robert Lindsay having sex in the home. Security cameras allegedly filmed the pair having sex 11 times in several locations in the house, according to Weiner’s lawsuit.

Lindsay also filed a counterclaim against Weiner on Tuesday claiming he tried to extort nearly $1 million from the former president of the Passaic County Board of Realtors.

Phelan’s attorney Kal Geist told NorthJersey.com Thursday that Weiner’s lawsuit is “tantamount to extortion” and that, while her actions may not have been appropriate, they did not cause Weiner any harm.

Lindsay and Phelan, both Wayne residents, allegedly used the home to have “sexual escapades” together.

According to Weiner’s lawsuit, Lindsay had the home listed above its market value so he wouldn’t have to show it to potential buyers.

The Passaic County Real Estate Commission is investigating the matter.

Bobtwo January 23, 2014 at 09:19 AM
Kris, sounds to me like you are making excuses for the guy. These are two people that did something wrong and leave it at that.
eyes wide shut January 23, 2014 at 12:27 PM
Scondo...You have NO CLUE as to what commissions are in Counties...Every commission is up for negotiations BEFORE the seller signs a listing agreement..In fact if you look at the commission rates in NJ as compared to the rest of the country you will se NJ is on the low end..Commissions in other parts of the country can range fro 5 to 8% and with sellers paying closing costs. Its the old saying "You get what you pay for" Any agent that is willing to discount their commission is someone id be scared of. If they are willing to cut their commission, imagine what they would do when it comes to negotiating an offer on their listing.. Top producers stick to their guns when listing homes.. Would YOU go to a Dr who discounts their rates or would you go to a Dr that charges the norm and gets things done...If you got in trouble with the law, would you hire an attny that is CHEAP or would you pay to have the best?? Do top athletes look for discounts when hiring agents or do they want the best? Do you think someone like Tiger Woods, would hire an agent that Discounts? So to say that Bergen County gets 4% commissions all the time is not true.. A house is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it....Remember that
Scondo January 23, 2014 at 02:08 PM
EWS Average commission rates for the nation are only slightly above 5%, on the order of 5.05% . Under new mortgage rules it is carefully circumscribed as to what closing cost may be paid by a seller. Just sold a property in Bergen County with a top producer who was given an exclusive at under 4% and she said they are happy to get the 4% due to the competition, the property sold quickly and we were very pleased with the real estate agent we had selected. very professional , informed, knew her market . BTW, a comparable home in Wayne would sell for significantly less. Bergen County is apparently the place to be in NJ
KrisTee January 23, 2014 at 02:49 PM
Bobtwo, by no means am I making excuses for either one of them, you're correct, it was inexcusable to take advantage of their trusted positions as realty agents.
eyes wide shut January 24, 2014 at 10:38 AM
Scondo. Apparently Morris county is not only the place to be in NJ but ranks near the top in the Country. Home values in Morris County are only second to Hunterdon Co. then Followed by Somerset, Bergen Co ranks 4th in NJ. A home in Wayne would sell for less compared to WHAT town in Bergen? You are comparing a town to a county. Would a home in Wayne sell for less than homes in say towns like Elmwood Pk, East Ruth. Ruth. Garfield, Lodi, Hack. Has Hgts, Lynd. Moonachie, Ridgefield, Saddle Brook, Wallington,?? I think not, You are not comparing apples to apples. An Exclusive listing just means that the agent is NOT putting the listing into the MLS. Thats what is called a "pocket listing" and of course the commission would be less. When the commission is "co-brokered" thats when agents would charge the 5.05% realize this, at a co broke of 5% if sold by another agency the listing broker is winding up with 2.5% and then take his/her split out of the 2.5% so in many cases the agent is getting 1.25% of the listing. Not all cases but the majority.


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