Mauricio Umansky (Credit: Getty Images)Is any press really good press? Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky might respond with a resounding “no” these days.The couple’s presence on Bravo TV’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” has, for nine years, served to give Umansky’s Los Angeles brokerage, The Agency, a national profile while also allowing him to show off his flashiest luxury home listings.But all is not well at the Beverly Hills-based brokerage, which has seen a fair share of heavy-hitting brokers depart, either disgruntled by the firm’s practices or in fear of fallout from a major lawsuit Umansky faces from the vice president of Equatorial Guinea. Umansky allegedly misrepresented the value of the vice president’s mansion in Malibu when he sold it in 2015.In The Real Deal’s summer cover story, associate web editor Natalie Hoberman reported on the struggles The Agency is facing as it continues to rapidly expand beyond California.ADVERTISEMENTAnd when Kyle Richards was questioned about Umansky’s suit during this week’s reunion episode of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” — and she responded that “your question from, whoever the fuck Monty in Magootville, saying my husband is scamming people $36 million… that’s a misleading question” — fans of the show went looking for answers and found our story.As Redditors on the /BravoRealHousewives board opined on the couple, the suit, and our story, we learned a few things. And we’re here to share them with you.1. The Agency’s model of having co-founders like Umansky on most listings sparked comparisons to Keller Williams and virtual brokerage eXp.“I started at KW [Keller Williams] but personally [have] no experience working at EXP. However I know people that have and they say it’s a very similar model to ‘profit share’ at KW,” one user said. “Also when you pass your board test, KW and EXP called me non-stop. The more agents paying monthly fees before selling anything the better.”2. One reader defended The Agency against an accusation that it paid out a commission unfairly.“My guess is, it was in their contract. As a newer agent, they might not have the funds or resources to market a luxury listing, and the contract probably said it’s a 50/50 split and we will front you the money to market but you pay it back out of your 50 percent,” one Redditor said. They added that “if the [gross commission income] was 100k the agent would have gotten 50k, and the agency 50k. But if the agent owed the agency 45k for marketing and office fees, then the Agency took it. Totally guessing, but that wouldn’t be unheard of as far as an arrangement when partnering with a senior broker on a luxury sale.”3. Some people are finally getting the Hilton & Hyland connection to the Agency.One thing you’ll regularly be reminded of while watching RHBH is that Kyle Richards is Paris Hilton’s aunt. Paris’ mother Kathy Hilton has made appearances on the show and is rumored to be a cast-member next season. Her husband, Rick Hilton, co-founded Hilton & Hyland in 1993 with Jeff Hyland. Umansky was a broker there before starting his own brokerage and currently directly competes with his former employer for listings.One redditor says: “Somewhere in LA, Kathy Hilton cackles.” Another responded: “Thought the same thing about Kathy, especially since it said some of their top guys went to Hilton & Hyland. That had to sting.” Another added: “This will create good tension to make a storyline if Kathy Hilton joins the cast next season as she is rumored.”4. Some think Umansky’s problems might be enough to make Richards leave the Bravo show.“Here’s something what if all this leads Kyle to walk away from BH ? she doesn’t want to talk about it and wouldn’t she rather save face and leave before this all gets worse ? I’m wishful thinking btw ?” one Redditor said.5. But others just want to see more of The Agency drama spill onto the screen.“I wonder if they will force Kyle to address this for the next season,” one commenter said. “This is definitely becoming harder and harder to ignore and I feel like RHBH already gets a lot of criticism for not sharing everything/confronting things happening in their [sic] life on the show.” And another Redditor is certainly out for on-screen catharsis: “The producers have got to find them a bone collector in this group. Someone who will actually bring this shit up on camera and demand answers and real conversations.” This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
The Texas Department of Public Safety on Wednesday closed the state Capitol and surrounding grounds after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. during the certification of the Electoral College.An official with the law enforcement agency confirmed the move in a statement to The Texas Tribune.“The Capitol and Capitol Complex are closed to the public effective immediately,” the agency said in a statement attributed to Freeman Martin, the agency’s deputy director of homeland security operations. Earlier Wednesday, Trump supporters had also started gathering outside the state Capitol. Media reports did not appear to indicate that the event was violent, with rally goers holding signs and cheering as cars drove by.— By Cassandra Pollock of The Texas Tribune, a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. In a statement soon after, an agency spokesperson told the Tribune that the building and its grounds were closing to the public “out of an abundance of caution” and that “DPS will continue to adjust our operations as needed to maintain public order and address potential threats.”The news comes as chaos erupted in Washington as Trump supporters protested the certification of the Electoral College.The shutdown of the Texas Capitol, which reopened to the public Monday after being closed for months, also comes days before the Texas Legislature is set to convene for its 2021 legislative session.
SALT LAKE CITY — University of Utah head swimming coach Greg Winslow has been suspended from his job pending an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl while at his previous job in Arizona six years ago.Winslow is alleged to have sexually abused the minor when he was the coach at Sun Devil Aquatics, a club team at Arizona State University, in 2007, according to a statement from Arizona State University following a lengthy investigation by the Arizona State University Police Department.News of the allegations first surfaced Wednesday night when a blogger posted that a police report had been filed about the alleged incident in Arizona and the story was reported by Swimming World Magazine. The allegations claim the abuse happened in a locked coach’s office. It is alleged to have continued over a two-year period.The Utah swimming and diving team is currently competing at the Pac-12 Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash., which run through next Wednesday.In regards to the accusations leveled against Winslow, director of athletics Chris Hill made the following statement Thursday.“The Athletics Department first learned of the allegations against our swim coach Greg Winslow last night,” Hill said. “While it is my understanding from an article published this morning that charges have not been filed against Coach Winslow, I feel the allegations are serious enough to suspend him immediately pending further investigation.”Hill has appointed Richard Marschner, who is in his third year as the diving coach, as the interim swimming and diving coach. He will oversee both the men’s and women’s teams.In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Hill said University of Utah officials learned Thursday morning that Arizona State University’s police department had contacted the University of Utah’s Department of Public Safety on Dec. 5, 2012, regarding Winslow.”The police chief was asked by the investigators when they called to keep it confidential, and he did,” said Keith Sterling, communications director for the University of Utah. “So no one was made aware of these allegations until last night when the news broke.”Concussion Inc. first reported the allegations involving the unidentified teenage swimmers at the Arizona club. In a statement to the website, Winslow said: “These are extremely serious allegations, and if I am accused, I will certainly respond.”Hill said a number of factors went into deciding to place Winslow on leave before charges are filed, but first and foremost was the serious nature of the allegations. He said they will continue to seek more information, but so far have relied on news reports. “We have not heard anything yet, from anybody today, nothing official,” said Hill. “In many ways we’re reacting as you are today, something we’ve just heard.”Winslow has also been under investigation by the University of Utah’s Office of Equal Opportunity for incidents involving African-American swimmer Karson Applin. The OEO talked to more than 50 swimmers in an investigation spanning nearly three months.According to Hill, the OEO advised him in late January that no disciplinary action was recommended.Because of that, the administration took no action against Winslow.During Winslow’s six years as the U. coach, well over a dozen swimmers either quit or were dismissed from the team. Also two of his assistant coaches resigned last year and have taken other collegiate swimming jobs.Hill said the only other issue Winslow has had is some struggles with alcohol, which he’s been very open about, Hill said.Winslow does oversee a swim camp during the summer at the University of Utah. Those who work at the camp undergo background checks, said Hill.As for how the team is handling the situation at such a critical point in the season, Hill isn’t sure.”I haven’t talked to anyone on the swim team,” he said.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Investigators release findings on Ute swim team probe Related