Yesterday, Faye Dunaway was facing eviction. Today, she’s firing with both barrels. In her sights? Henry J. Moses, the landlord who filed a lawsuit to remove her from her rent-stabilized New York City apartment. Moses claims Dunaway does not keep her primary residence in the Upper East Side apartment, but rather in L.A., and therefore isn’t eligible for rent stabilization. As such, when Dunaway moves out of the apartment, Moses can likely rent it for at least twice the price of the $1,048.72 monthly rent Dunaway is paying currently.
Today, Dunaway told the New York Times that she has not been ordered to leave. “I have chosen to leave because of the state of the apartment, and also because I am spending less and less time in New York,” she said in a voicemail, elaborating that Moses, “refused to paint the house, and bugs were everywhere.” Dunaway also accused Moses of being a “slum landlord” with “no class.”
Moses’s lawyer Craig Charie played the Times three voicemail messages Dunaway left yesterday for Moses in which she offered to hand back her apartment keys. As of press time, though, Dunaway had not handed over her keys and didn’t seem to be pulling any punches in her parting shot to Moses: “I hope you need that money like crazy and you’ll give it to poor people. I hope you have a terrible life.”