Son of Georgetown socialite settles lawsuit for alleged theft of her valuables

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The son of a late Georgetown socialite has settled a lawsuit he filed against his mother’s romantic partner, who he accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and other valuables from him , and then resell them.

The settlement appears to end a costly 20-month legal battle between the family of Jacqueline Quillen, a wine expert who was 77 when she died in 2020, and her boyfriend, Lawrence E. Gray, 78, a professor retired political scientist.

Although the dispute pitted Quillen and Gray’s heirs against each other, it caught the attention of the wealthy Washington, New York and Rhode Island social network the couple traveled to.

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Both parties disclosed the settlement to DC Superior Court in early August, according to court records. However, the terms of the settlement are not included in the records.

Parker Quillen, the son of Jacqueline Quillen, described the settlement as “acceptable, if not satisfactory” in a brief telephone interview, but declined to give further details as he said the terms of the agreement were confidential. He brought the suit in his capacity as trustee of the Jacqueline Quillen Living Trust.

In a later text, Parker Quillen wrote that as a trustee his role was to “recover and liquidate the assets of the trust”.

“Having accomplished this, continuing to privately fund what should have been the work of law enforcement, protecting private property and prosecuting crime – that’s what taxes are for – has become financially burdensome and unsustainable. .”

Gray did not respond to emails seeking comment. Suzanne M. Tsintolas, Gray’s attorney, described the settlement as “amicable between the parties”. She declined to discuss the details of the settlement, citing confidentiality.

“Mr. Gray was not liable to the trust for the allegations made against him,” she said.

In a separate case, Gray faces charges of stealing a diamond and sapphire brooch worth $32,000 from a friend’s home in Newport, RI, where he and Jacqueline Quillen stayed in 2016 Police allege Gray gave the brooch to Doyle Auctions, who paid him $19,871 after selling it.

Gray pleaded not guilty in November. Kevin Hagan, Gray’s attorney, declined to comment on the case. The next preliminary hearing in this case is scheduled for September 28.

Gray, who taught at John Cabot University in Rome, and Quillen met in DC in 2004, according to an account of their relationship in a counter-suit filed by Gray.

Quillen came from a prestigious family. His grandfather, Alfred Lee Loomis, after earning a fortune on Wall Street, founded a laboratory that helped develop radar technology. Loomis associates included Albert Einstein.

Quillen, a divorcee with three children, started a wine department for Christie’s auction house and was known to host well-attended dinner parties at her home, which Gray eventually moved into.

A claim in the DC lawsuit filed by Parker Quillen in January 2021 was that Gray still resided in the Northwest townhouse owned by Jacqueline Quillen’s estate despite family objections. Gray’s attorneys argued he had a valid lease. After Gray left in January 2022, the estate sold the home for $1.975 million, according to property records.

parker Quillen’s lawsuit also alleged that Gray stole a cache of valuables from Jacqueline Quillen, including a $17,000 diamond ring, $4,700 diamond earrings and a $10,000 Patek Philippe watch. $. The lawsuit accused Gray of selling some of Quillen’s art, clothing, and other possessions to an upscale antique and consignment store in Georgetown. The lawsuit also claimed that Gray had given other valuables to an auction house.

Jonathan C. Windle, who also represented Gray in this case, described Parker Quillen’s trial in a court filing as “hyperbolic fiction.” In his counter-complaint, Gray claimed Quillen took a $160,000 engagement ring that Gray bought for Jacqueline — a charge Quillen denied.

As part of the settlement, according to a filing jointly filed by attorneys for Quillen and Gray, the agreement was reached “without any admission of wrongdoing, liability or wrongdoing.”