I’m on a council house list, says star’s ex Karla
SOCIALITE TO SOCIAL WELFARE: I’m penniless, says Karla Elliott
EX-MILLIONAIRE rock star wife Karla Elliott has put herself on a Dublin council housing list.
Karla, who was married to Def Leppard star Joe Elliott, has declared herself so poor that she cannot afford to pay staff at her failed beauty salon.
The mum-of-one has revealed at an employment appeals tribunal that she is living on social welfare payments as a lone parent.
She told the tribunal that she had been put on the housing list for Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council, in a bid to find a home.
The ex-model has fallen from the heady heights of celebrity living in Dalkey to having to rely on State handouts and benefits.
The penniless socialite and former model has told former employees from her Sanas Beauty Salon in Churchtown that she cannot afford to pay them outstanding wages.
Sanas went out of business two years ago.
Karla Elliott has purchased the salon from the parents of Fran Cosgrave, a nightclub owner and I’m A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here reality TV contestant, years before she was forced to shut it down.
Ms Elliott was not present at a hearing of the Employment Appeals Tribunal in Dublin yesterday where the full extent of her financial woes was laid bare.
The tribunal ruled against the socialite who must pay outstanding wages. If she fails to do so, she can be pursued through the courts.
Karla Elliott, who also dated controversial celebrity chef Conrad Gallagher, came under fire in January 2009 after she made the decision to shut the beauty salon without any notice to customers.
Vouchers and package deals for the salon were sold right up until the date of the salon's sudden closure.
Ms Elliott claims she is “clearly embarrassed” about the financial position she now finds herself in.
The tribunal heard how Elliott had sent a letter to a former employee last February stating that she was unemployed and living on social welfare payments to look after her 11-year-old daughter.
She also admitted that she has sought help from MABS (the Money Advice and Budgeting Service) to help plan finance for her daughter's education.
She claims to have been placed on the housing list for Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown Count Council but said she has little hope of obtaining accommodation due to the lengthy waiting lists.
The Employment Appeals Tribunal issued an order to compel Ms Elliott to implement a ruling of a Rights Commissioner to pay a former employee of her beauty salon a total of €1,236 owed in wages.
It is understood that other former employees from the Sanas Beauty Salon are planning to take similar action against Ms Elliott in order to obtain outstanding wages.
Karla Elliott’s current circumstances contrast greatly with the lavish lifestyle she enjoyed in the 1990s.
She and her husband Joe Elliott were the toast of Dublin's social scene during their 12-year marriage, which ended in divorce in 1997.
The couple lived in a luxury 7,000 square feet home in the exclusive area of Vico Road in Killiney.
Bono, Van Morrison and Lisa Stansfield were close neighbours of the couple at the time.
Following her divorce, Ms Elliott had a string of high profile relationships with the likes of celebrity chef Conrad Gallagher, Texan millionaire David Doane and nightclub security manager Dave Walsh.
Mr Walsh is the father of her daughter, Emily Jade.
Karla Elliott, whose maiden name is Ramdhanie, is the daughter of an Irish mother and an Indian father, a doctor who studied in the College of Surgeons. The family grew up in Walkinstown in Dublin.
Her modelling career began when she was spotted by a talent scout as she walked along Grafton Street with her mother. She met Dep Leppard star Joe Elliott through her modelling and they began dating in 1986.