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Estée Lauder heir settles lawsuit with ex-mistress over $7m mansion

Estée Lauder heir settles lawsuit with ex-mistress over $7m Bel Air mansion he claimed he no longer had to pay for after she spoke out about their affair which produced a lovechild

  • The legal war first erupted in August 2018 when Taylor Stein, 55, claimed that Lauder stopped making payments towards the five-bedroom Los Angeles home
  • But Lauder said that he was exempt from making annual payments for the $7million mansion because she had broken a confidentiality agreement
  • The couple met at Lauder’s mansion in Aspen in 2000, when he was still married to his wife Karen 
  • Stein – the daughter of New York City nightclub entrepreneur Howard Stein – got pregnant with his lovechild in 2006
  • She welcomed a baby girl the following spring 

An heir to the Estée Lauder cosmetics fortune has settled a lawsuit with his ex-mistress over her $7 million Bel Air mansion he says he shouldn’t have to pay for. 

William Lauder, 62, is no longer at war with his former lover Taylor Stein after she sued him for not making the annual payments on the five-bed, six-bath property.

Details of the August 9 settlement have not been shared, and its unclear whether Stein, a New York-born socialite, will get to remain in the property with the couple’s daughter, 15.  

Lauder, who’s also chairman of Estée Lauder, argued that Stein was no longer entitled to $1m-a-year payments from him after the couple’s daughter breached a privacy agreement with an Instagram post. 

His relationship with Stein began in 2000, when Lauder was still married to his ex-wife Karen, with whom he has two children. 

Lauder, whose grandparents founded Estée Lauder Companies in 1946, settled the lawsuit with Stein after she reportedly forced into a confidentiality agreement to keep the identity of her daughter’s father a secret. 

He said that had been breached after the couple’s daughter made an Instagram post about her parents.  


Billionaire cosmetics heir William Lauder (left) has settled the legal war with former partner Taylor Stein (right)

The legal war first erupted in August 2018 when Stein, 55, claimed that Lauder stopped making payments towards the five-bedroom Los Angeles home – which he agreed to do while she lived there with their shared teenage daughter.

Stein also adopted a son. 

She took the billionaire businessman to court and claimed that he was attempting to kick the family out of the Bel Air home. 

But the cosmetics chairman clapped back with his own suit, saying that he was exempt from making the annual payments for the $7million mansion because she had broken their 2007 confidentiality agreement.  

Stein has now again accused Lauder of breaching their court-brokered arrangement to support her

Pictured: The $7million 6,000-square-foot mansion in Bel Air, Los Angeles, where Stein lives with Lauder’s lovechild. It’s unclear if they will stay in the home after settling the lawsuit

He reportedly drew up an agreement that would see Stein receive an annual payment of $1million if she did not publicly disclose that her daughter was in fact his child.

The 2007 deal also claimed to keep the mistress at least 100 yards away from any member of the Lauder family in Aspen, Palm Beach, and New York.

However in 2020, their teen lovechild allegedly posted on social media, airing out the family’s dirty laundry by talking about how her parents were divorced. This also breached the confidentiality agreement, sources claim.  

Billionaire Lauder and his former mistress did however agree to seal certain documents in the now-settled lawsuit in a bid to protect sensitive information about their child, according to the New York Post.

Details of the suit have not been disclosed – and it’s unclear if Stein, who is still listed as the owner of the $7million Bel Air home, will have to move out of the mansion. 

William Lauder and his ex-wife Karen, who he divorced in 2010. He met his mistress in 2000 while the pair were still together.

William Lauder is pictured with his billionaire philanthropist father Leonard A Lauder at the Lincoln Center Corporate Fashion Gala in New York City in November 2019

Taylor Stein (second right) attends the LEVIEV Party for ‘GLAMOUR GIRLS’ at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles in 2008 with Patrick McMullan (left), Lara Shriftman (second left), and Dean Winters (right)

The couple met at Lauder’s mansion in Aspen in 2000, when he was still married to his wife Karen.

Lauder and Stein allegedly began an affair the following year. She became pregnant in 2005, and Lauder told her to have an abortion because he was in the middle of negotiating a settlement agreement with his wife, whom he divorced in 2009.

Stein – the daughter of New York City nightclub entrepreneur Howard Stein – got pregnant a second time in 2006, and welcomed a baby girl the following spring.

Desperate to keep the birth under wraps, Lauder allegedly sent Stein and the baby to Aspen to keep them out of the ‘gossip press.’

The latest developments in the couple’s legal battle came eight years after Stein and Lauder engaged in a shouting match on a street in Los Angeles, which ended with her punching him in the face.

Stein ultimately pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge and served 19 days of community service.

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