Heidi Fleiss’ foray into dog grooming has hit a snag. The former Hollywood Madam is being sued over her recent acquisition of her Las Vegas pet pampering business.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in District Court by Jeffrey Marvian, estranged husband of the woman from whom Fleiss took over the business.
Marvian argues that his wife, Nickol Marvian, sold Little Buddy Bath to Fleiss and porn star Kendra Jade Rossi in violation of the Marvians’ ongoing divorce proceeding.
He also contends Fleiss and Rossi knew the business was part of the divorce proceeding but conspired to transfer its ownership anyway to cut him out of proceeds of the sale.
According to the lawsuit, the Marvians borrowed $60,000 from the equity in their home to start Little Buddy Bath.
Jeffrey Marvian is asking the court to block Fleiss and Rossi from operating the business, which they have renamed Dirty Dog. The lawsuit also seeks unspecified damages and court costs from Fleiss, Rossi and Nickol Marvian.
Fleiss said Thursday she knew about the divorce, but didn’t purchase an active business so much as take over Nickol Marvian’s lease after she shut the place down.
“What he doesn’t realize is I didn’t buy anything,” Fleiss said of Jeffrey Marvian. “There was nothing to buy.”
Fleiss said Nickol Marvian originally was supposed to work for her at the shop, but they parted company after a disagreement over how it should be run.
For the moment, Fleiss said Dirty Dog is closed for remodeling.
She hopes to open up as early as today, however, assuming the business passes a fire inspection and receives its business license.
Fleiss and company told a different story in an interview with the Review-Journal last week. Both she and Rossi said Dirty Dog already was open for business, despite ongoing renovations at the small storefront in a Kmart shopping center at Sunset and Sandhill roads.
During that interview, a customer came in and got his puppy washed at the shop.
Fleiss said on Thursday that “nothing like that is going on now” at Dirty Dog.
A decade after she was busted and sent to prison for running a high-priced ring of call girls to the stars, Fleiss made headlines in 2005 when she moved to Pahrump and announced plans to open a legal brothel catering to women.
She has since abandoned those plans, but she still lives in the town 60 miles west of Las Vegas, where she owns a laundromat called Dirty Laundry.
This is the second civil case pending against Fleiss in District Court. Late last year, her former landlord filed a lawsuit alleging that Fleiss’ menagerie of parrots caused more than $40,000 in damage to a home she was renting in Pahrump.
As for Jeffrey Marvian’s bid to get the dog grooming business shut down, Fleiss said she isn’t worried.
“He can get a court injunction against Little Buddy Bath, but it’s not here. This is Dirty Dog.”
Contact reporter Henry Brean at hbrean @reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0350.