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Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary and his wife seem unbothered by $2M lawsuit against them

Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary and his wife Linda are all smiles as they relax on a Miami beach – even as they face a $2 million lawsuit following their horrific boating accident which left two people dead.

Businessman Kevin, known as ‘Mr Wonderful’, is seen laughing and joking next to his wife while sitting with friends in the VIP cabana section of a luxury beachfront resort in Florida.

The O’Learys seemed upbeat in spite of the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of one of the victims of the crash in Ontario, Canada.

Linda, who was driving the boat, escaped jail despite being charged with careless operation of a vessel over the crash on August 24, 2019.

The O’Learys, who have been married for more than 30 years, are estimated to have a net worth of $400 million. The couple share a lake house near the site of the accident.

It emerged Linda, 58, had alcohol on her breath at the time and admitted to drinking some vodka after the crash but prior to a breath test.

Gary Poltash, 64, from Florida, and mother-of-three Susanne Brito, 48, from Ontario, were killed in the nighttime collision.

Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary and his wife Linda are all smiles as they relax on a Miami beach – clearly unperturbed by a $2 million lawsuit they face following their horrific boating accident which left two people dead

Businessman Kevin, known as 'Mr Wonderful', is seen laughing and joking next to his wife while sitting with friends in the VIP cabana section of a luxury beachfront resort in Florida

Businessman Kevin, known as ‘Mr Wonderful’, is seen laughing and joking next to his wife while sitting with friends in the VIP cabana section of a luxury beachfront resort in Florida 

The O'Learys are clearly unaffected by a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of one of the victims of the crash in Ontario, Canada

The O’Learys are clearly unaffected by a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of one of the victims of the crash in Ontario, Canada 

The O'Learys, who have been married for more than 30 years, are estimated to have a net worth of $400 million. The couple share a lake house near the site of the accident

The O’Learys, who have been married for more than 30 years, are estimated to have a net worth of $400 million. The couple share a lake house near the site of the accident

Gary Poltash, 64, from Florida

Mother-of-three Susanne Brito, 48, from Ontario

Gary Poltash, 64, from Florida, and mother-of-three Susanne Brito, 48, from Ontario, were killed in the nighttime collision

The driver of their boat, New York native Richard Ruh, has been charged for driving without navigation lights.

Linda had faced a maximum 18 months imprisonment and a $1 million fine, but both drivers avoided jail time and instead will likely receive marine violations and a $10,000 fine if found guilty.

Seventeen months on from the tragedy, DailyMail.com spotted Kevin and Linda kicking back and enjoying a break on a beach in Miami.

Wine executive Linda, wearing a light blue beach dress, is sat next to her 66-year-old husband, wearing shorts and a blue t-shirt and a dark jacket and baseball cap.

The couple laughed and joked with companions before leaving the beach a couple of hours later.

Linda, who serves as the VP of Marketing for O’Leary Wines, was driving her and Kevin’s luxury boat on Lake Joseph in Ontario, Canada on August 24 in 2019 when it collided with another vessel causing the two fatalities and injuring three others.

Police previously stated that Linda was not drinking or taking drugs at the time the accident occurred, but documents obtained by CBC News in Canada revealed that she ‘was administered an alcohol screening device test (after the crash) and it registered an alert’.

Linda vehemently denied she drank alcohol before or while steering the boat, with the document stating that ‘she claims to have consumed a drink of vodka following the collision but prior to the breath test’.

She reportedly does not remember who handed her the alcoholic beverage in the aftermath of the crash.

Linda’s lawyer, Brian Greenspan, had told CBC that his client was not intoxicated at the time of the crash and that the accident ‘had nothing to do with alcohol’.

Linda had faced a maximum 18 months imprisonment and a $1 million fine, but both drivers avoided jail time and instead will likely receive marine violations and a $10,000 fine if found guilty

Linda had faced a maximum 18 months imprisonment and a $1 million fine, but both drivers avoided jail time and instead will likely receive marine violations and a $10,000 fine if found guilty

Linda, who serves as the VP of Marketing for O'Leary Wines, was driving her and Kevin's luxury boat on Lake Joseph in Ontario, Canada on August 24 in 2019 when it collided with another vessel causing the two fatalities and injuring three others. Pictured: One of the O'Leary's boats

Linda, who serves as the VP of Marketing for O’Leary Wines, was driving her and Kevin’s luxury boat on Lake Joseph in Ontario, Canada on August 24 in 2019 when it collided with another vessel causing the two fatalities and injuring three others. Pictured: One of the O’Leary’s boats

Ontario Provincial Police charged Linda with ‘careless operation of a vessel’, but as it is not a criminal charge, Linda will not face jail time if found guilty.

In November 2019 the family of Susanne Brito filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the O’Learys after learning that Linda would avoid jail.

Brito’s parents, Rosa and Antonio Ragone, and sister, Paula, are seeking $2million in punitive, exemplary and aggravated damages for wrongful death.

In a news release, the family’s attorney Patrick Brown, of McLeish Orlando LLP, said at the time: ‘For this grieving family, it is about obtaining civil justice so as to prevent these types of deaths and curtailing reckless and dangerous behavior from continuing on our lakes.’

‘Our family has lost a beautiful, loving person. We are devastated,’ Brito’s mother Rosa said in the release.

‘We sincerely hope that through this process, that justice is served and that steps are taken so that innocent victims like Suzie, are not seriously injured and killed and that other families do not have to go through such pain and loss,’ she added.

But the O’Learys have since filed a motion in federal court denying any negligence and liability in the crash.

They are seeking to prevent any additional claims being made against them in other courts and also seek to limit any damages to $1 million under the Marine Liability Act.

Wine executive Linda, wearing a light blue beach dress, is sat next to her 66-year-old husband, wearing shorts and a blue t-shirt and a dark jacket and baseball cap

Wine executive Linda, wearing a light blue beach dress, is sat next to her 66-year-old husband, wearing shorts and a blue t-shirt and a dark jacket and baseball cap

In November 2019 the family of Susanne Brito filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the O’Learys after learning that Linda would avoid jail.

In November 2019 the family of Susanne Brito filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the O’Learys after learning that Linda would avoid jail.

Seventeen months on from the tragedy, DailyMail.com spotted Kevin and Linda kicking back and enjoying a break on a beach in Miami

Seventeen months on from the tragedy, DailyMail.com spotted Kevin and Linda kicking back and enjoying a break on a beach in Miami

The couple laughed and joked with companions before leaving the beach a couple of hours later

The couple laughed and joked with companions before leaving the beach a couple of hours later

The O’Learys have also filed their own lawsuit claiming more than $3 million in damages against Irv Edwards, the owner of the other boat involved in the crash, and Richard Ruh, the man who was driving, according to documents obtained by CBC News.

Marko Petrovic, the lawyer representing in the lawsuit, said the men will not be commenting.

In court documents, Edwards and Ruh both deny responsibility for the crash.

Two law firms are representing the O’Learys in the separate cases.

Authorities said Poltash died instantly when the O’Leary’s smaller vessel crashed into theirs and struck him in the head.

Brito suffered severe injuries and died two days later in a hospital.

Kevin returned to TV screens just 72 hours after the crash, with an appearance on CNBC’s Closing Bell, in which he did not disclose that it had happened.

In an interview on the subject on October 30, 2019 Kevin told Fox Business: ‘It’s a horrific accident and it’s exactly that, nobody wanted this to happen and both drivers of both boats were given marine violations, they’re not criminal charges.

‘But out of respect for the families that were involved in this and the people that were injured, I really don’t discuss it much, because I want the process to just play out as it should.

‘I have a lot of respect for their privacy as they grieve. It’s a horrible accident, just that, there’s nobody to blame, it’s sad that it occurred and my heart goes out to those families and that’s what I tell everybody.’


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