Columbia Records executive Julian Swirsky said he bought the £1.7 million apartment at the new 32 East Village in New York in 2021 but is not able to live there.
A music industry executive said he had to move out of his £1.7million apartment after he was sickened by “toxic dust”, according to court documents.
Columbia Records boss Julian Swirsky, who has produced for the likes of Justin Bieber and Nicole Scherzinger, said he bought the luxury two-bedroom pad in New York last February.
But his health took a turn for the worse soon after he moved in and he has been unable to live there for six months, Manhattan Supreme Court heard on Friday.
The record label executive, who was last month hired as senior vice president, began experiencing “severe respiratory problems and skin irritation including swelling and ugly red blotches” when using the air conditioner, court papers allege.
His 1,089 sq ft apartment is part of the new 32 East 1st Street building in Manhattan, which was touted for its facilities including a space, sauna and state of the art gym, the lawsuit said.
Swirsky’s new home became uninhabitable “because of construction defects that poisoned the air with carcinogens and toxic dust, the filing alleges.
The conditions reduced when he was travelling and reappeared when he returned home, it adds.
Swirsky had to carry out work and repairs at the flat in December before moving in because the building management, co-op and co-op sponsor failed to do so, according to the lawsuit.
He later hired an investigator after the building allegedly suppressed findings from its own research.
Findings revealed “massive amounts” of construction dust and debris had been left in the HVAC system ducts of Swirsky’s home, reports the New York Post.
The suit claims that this includes known lung cancer causing mineral quartz with levels eight and ten times higher than normal in parts of the property.
“You buy an apartment like this in the city and you have a right to expect it’s in liveable condition when you move in,” his lawyer Jeffrey Mitchell told the publication.
Gypsum, minerals and lead were also discovered by investigators, it adds.
Meanwhile other issues at the development include mould in other units, defective flooring, persistent leaks and “failure to complete the supposedly first-class amenities” according to the lawsuit.
It said: “Having had success in his career, Swirsky was looking to take some of his hard-earned money and buy an apartment in one of the high-end newly constructed buildings in New York City with luxury owner amenities, believing that would be the best fit for his lifestyle, which includes lots of client entertainment and travel.”
Swirsky tackled the problems himself and is now asking a judge to force the co-op and management company to refund him the approximate £112,000 he has spent plus another £150,000 in damages.
“He’s now fixed everything and removed the contaminated materials but he can’t get reimbursed,” Mr Mitchell added.
He is also asking for the building to resolve the underlying issue so that it does not return.