A Manhattan socialite and her high-powered entertainment lawyer hubby are suing Verizon for $20 million, claiming they were forced to spend hours in a Manhattan jail cell after being wrongfully accused of stealing a phone they’d bought and paid for.
Jane and Paul Schindlers new Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit claims that Jane one-time model and actress whose been seen rubbing elbows with the likes of “RHONY” cast members and Tommy Hilfiger traded in two iPhone 8s at the West 57th Street Verizon store on Oct. 29 so she could get a discount on two new iPhone XS Max devices she bought for herself and daughter for $530.52
But Janes new phone didnt activate and she held on to her iPhone 8 Plus which still had her contacts and information on it while the store kept the newly purchased phone, according to the lawsuit.
When Janes old phone died two days later, the company told her to go back into the store which she and Paul — of white-shoe law firm Greenberg Traurig — did Nov. 1, according to the court documents.
But as soon as she and husband Paul got there, “hostile employees informed [them] that the mobile device was stolen, even though Jane Schindler purchased the mobile device … several days prior, the court papers say.
As the couple was about to leave, the cops showed up and arrested them before bringing them in two cars to the Midtown North Precinct, the suit alleges.
They claim the store misled them and gave the police false information all while the mobile device that Verizon had claimed was stolen was handed back to Jane Schindler before her arrest,” according to court papers.
The suit says the Schindlers were in jail for three and a half hours and “they were provided with no water and were not allowed to make any phone calls. In addition, during the false imprisonment, for several hours, Paul Schindler was held in a jail cell, while Jane Schindler was chained to a bench and fainted.”
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office said it declined to prosecute the Schindlers.
The general manager of the store declined to comment, and a Verizon rep said the company doesn’t comment on pending litigation.
The couple’s 2002 Central Park wedding had a celebrity guest list including singer Denise Rich, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey.
Additional reporting by Rebecca Rosenberg