Prospective Saddleback Buyer Talked of Arranging Hostesses 'So We Don’t Have to Get the Bloody Brothel Licence'
Majella is facing multiple lawsuits in Australia.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
Saddleback Base Lodge, March 18, 2018
Majella CEO Sebastian Monsour was planning to set up "private entertainment spaces" from Australia to the United States with special arrangements "so we don’t have to get the bloody brothel licence," the Courier Mail reports.
According to the Courier Mail, Monosour told employees, "You never tell the wives this."
The Courier Mail also reports that La Trobe Financial won a $659,184.84 default judgment against Majella in March and that an entity named Hays successfully sued over an outstanding $34,569.15 invoice in February. Queensland Business Monthly reports that multiple individuals have not been paid wages from Majella.
In addition, the Courier Mail reports a foreign Majella investor is suing Monsour and Majella in Queensland Supreme Court for "misleading and deceptive conduct" and that Monsour is claiming “privilege against self-incrimination."
The latest saga dates back to July 2015, when the Berry family, owners of Saddleback, announced the Rangeley double was "at end of its useful life" and that operations would cease if the lift could not be replaced. The lift was not replaced and the ski area sat idle for the following two winters.
On September 18, 2017, Majella declared "dominoes have fallen into place" and that "physical work is starting" and that "the first step will be taking down the existing Rangeley lift." As of mid December, the chairs remain on the Rangeley Double. However, chairs were removed from the other lifts and remain on the ground, now buried in snow. Saddleback's lifts have not passed state inspection since November 2014.
Also on September 18, with regard to a 2017-18 reopening, Majella posted, "only thing that is going to hold up or delay this process is Mother Nature" and that Majella was "committed to opening in some capacity for the 2017-18 ski season, assuming Mother Nature does not deliver an early winter with heavy snow."
On November 9, Majella announced delays in the sale, while also adding uncertainty to a 2017-18 reopening by stating it "will not be a full opening, rather a limited operation that, if possible, will allow our Saddlebackers and their families to return and enjoy the mountain in some capacity."
On November 21, NBC Portland reported it had "learned exclusively that the money isn’t there," adding "if the group doesn't come up with the money soon, the deal could fall apart entirely."
In March 2018, NBC Portland released leaked audio in which Monsour stated "I have a very very very small amount of funds" and that "opening the mountain at Saddleback for the Saddleback Resort is not a primary concern for us."
Saddleback did not operate during the winter of 2017-18.