Salim’s race to find $1 million
LIFE'S never dull for controversial businessman and former Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer.
On top of facing a series of court battles over everything from his former relationship to his crumbling business empire, now he can reportedly add the threat of bankruptcy to the list.
The 31-year-old is currently under "virtual house arrest" and facing charges of breaching an AVO taken out by ex-wife Aysha, committing electoral fraud and civil cases about his property developments.
Now, he has been threatened with bankruptcy unless he coughs up $1 million in the next fortnight to pay for a lavish marble staircase in his ostentatious Lidcombe home, according to The Sunday Telegraph.
The floating staircase inside his $3 million home featured in a music video clip for US rapper Bow Wow.
The marble marvel was made by Prime Marble & Granite, but Mehajer did not pay the invoice of $596,178, the newspaper reports.
The Greenacre company sued him and won, with NSW District Court Judge Judith Gibson in October ordering Mehajer to pay up to almost $1 million - the cost of the staircase and about $400,000 to cover Prime Marble's court costs.
Mehajer was served a bankruptcy notice on November 3 after failing to pay, and has until December 12 to pay up, according to The Sunday Telegraph.
He's been given until December 12 to pay the $1 million or be made the subject of bankruptcy proceedings in time for Christmas. But Mehajer is understood to be fighting the move, with a Federal Circuit Court date for a hearing to have the notice set aside.
Mehajer's parents declared themselves bankrupt in December 2016 after allegedly clocking up $10 million in unpaid tax debts.
Mehajer's lavish house was the backdrop for his extravagant wedding to his now-estranged wife Aysha Learmonth in August 2015. It was the so-called 'wedding of the century', which shut down a suburb and involved four helicopters, a jet, a private sea plane and a motorcade of luxury cars and motorbikes.