Clayton bid to get proceeds of US apartment sale adjourned
A High Court application by U2 bassist Adam Clayton (above) to get the proceeds of sale of an apartment in New York allegedly purchased with his money by his former personal assistant Carol Hawkins has been adjourned to allow for settlement talks.
The court heard yesterday Ms Hawkins had lodged appeals against her conviction and seven-year sentence imposed after being found guilty of stealing €2.8 million of Mr Clayton’s money.
In proceedings before Mr Justice Paul Gilligan yesterday, lawyers for Mr Clayton of Danesmoate Demesne, Kellystown Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin claimed Ms Hawkins, using Mr Clayton’s money, bought an apartment in New York in 2007 for $465,000.
The property was subsequently sold and about €193,000 remained held in a bank account in the names of lawyers representing the parties.
Ms Hawkins’s lawyers claim they are entitled to more than €70,000 of that sum for fees, and previously obtained freezing orders restraining her dissipating certain assets pending the outcome of proceedings.
Yesterday, after lengthy discussions between the sides, the judge adjourned the case to early March.