Taylor Swift came out on top in a lawsuit filed against her in 2017, claiming that she owed a Manhattan real estate broker a whopping $1.08 million commission for the purchase of her Tribeca townhouse.
In the case, a broker claimed that he had shown the three-story property to a rep from Swift’s company, Firefly Entertainment, in February 2017, and even gave the rep blueprints to the townhouse; the singer snapped it up for $18 million later that October. But the broker claimed he was never paid the hefty commission fee, and thus filed a lawsuit against the “Look What You Made Me Do” singer. Swift argued that she had never signed a contract—and on Thursday, a Manhattan federal court judge agreed, siding in Swift’s favor and relieving her of having to pay the hefty commission.
In addition to the four-bedroom home, the Grammy Award winner also owns three apartments on nearby 155 Franklin Street. Her most recent purchase took place in late January 2018, when she snapped up a second-floor,3,540-square-foot apartment from financier Jeremy Phillips.
(The two other units she owns in the building are, by contrast, top-floor apartments that she combined to create an unreal penthouse duplex measuring a sprawling 8,000 square feet. Fun fact: The combined penthouses previously belonged to Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson).
As for the townhouse in question, Swift dropped a cool $18 million for the light-filled apartment, which was renovated by architect and designer Leopoldo Rosati in 2011. And it has its own pseudo-celebrity pedigree as well: At one point, the townhouse belonged to disgraced International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.