In August 2007 in Las Vegas, there was a call to 9-1-1 from one Edward Scheetz who had found his girlfriend dead in his penthouse apartment. The local coroner stated that she had died from an accidental drug overdose – oxycodone and cocaine. No lawsuit was filed. The woman was Michelle Hatchel, a 24-year-old high school dropout who worked in a tanning salon.
Three weeks later, Scheetz resigned as the CEO of the Morgans Hotel Group and left that company. He moved to New York and bought a $10 million Soho penthouse.
Now the woman’s family has filed a wrongful death suit for $645 million. The plaintiffs are her mother, brother, grandmother and aunt and they are alleging that Scheetz provided Hatchel with the drugs. They claim that Scheetz transferred his assets after Hatchel’s death, anticipating a wrongful death suit.
Scheets is married but reportedly “lived a hedonistic lifestyle…with multiple sexual partners.” The lawsuit alleges that he used cocaine and provided both cocaine and oxycodone to various other people besides Hatchel. The suit further alleges that Morgans paid for Scheetz’s high living activities and that a private jet was supplied for his use as well as the Las Vegas penthouse in Turnberry Place.
Hatchel’s family are claiming that Scheetz lied to police about Hatchel’s whereabouts on the day she died, and that he had sexual relations with her at 9 a.m. that morning. He also assaulted her sometime between August 18 and August 29 in 2007, injuring her hands, legs, and right eye.
Morgans has not issued any comment on the lawsuit and Scheetz has not been reached by reporters.
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