Williams is reportedly caught up in a complicated legal battle with a former employee launching a $100 million lawsuit against it and owners Dorilton Capital.
The Times has reported that former marketing executive Claudia Schwarz has brought a lawsuit against the team for allegedly attempting to ruin her reputation and to force her out while avoiding any contract payouts.
The claims allege the team leaked information to a magazine of a supposed affair with former Chief Executive Darren Fultz – which Schwarz has denied.
Williams has reportedly countered with its own claim, worth $6.9 million, with Schwarz accused of involving husband Axel Ludwig in a scheme that saw her pass work to suppliers with personal connections that, in turn, overcharged the team for over a year.
The team has reportedly alleged Schwarz started an affair with Fultz in order to help allow “inaccurate and overinflated invoices and improper credit card charges”.
She is fighting back
Jeremy Friedman – acting lawyer for Schwarz – issued a statement which read: “This lawsuit will bring to light what we contend are false public statements made by Dorilton and Williams about Schwarz and her company that we believe have been done in a calculated effort to avoid both contractual obligations and to put pressure on Schwarz to stay quiet and not defend herself.
“They believed Schwarz would not fight back and defend herself, her companies and her reputation.
“She is fighting back.”