PHOENIX—James R. Grdina, the brother of John “Jay” Grdina, the ex-husband of porn legend Jenna Jameson, has filed suit against the former couple in Maricopa County court, accusing them of failing to repay a $250,000 loan he made to them in 2003 for the purchase of Penthouse magazine.
The deal never went through, reports Courthouse News Service, and James Grdina says he was repaid only $125,000.
According to the complaint, the loan was supposed to be repaid from proceeds of the sale of Club Jenna, the defendants' adult entertainment company, which was sold to Playboy Enterprises. James Grdina claims, however, that despite the fact that he was a partner in Club Jenna and was entitled to income from the company when it was sold, the club was never fully paid for and he was never fully compensated.
He further claims that federal tax forms reporting his earnings from Club Jenna as $227,822 are erroneous; he never got that money and instead incurred tax liabilities of $111,405.
Grdina says he loaned another $275,000 to the couple and Club Jenna in 2006, but did not get that money back, either.
The complaint alleges that Jameson and John Grdina bought customized Jacob & Co. watches for themselves and as gifts for employees, "yet failed to pay James Grdina back for any of these purchases."
Dolce Amore, CJ Inc. and Evolution Media Group are also named as defendants. James Grdina is represented by Lisa M. Borowsky and Brooke L. Findley with Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Borowsky Law.
Jenna Jameson is now in a relationship with former UFC champ Tito Ortiz, with whom she has twin boys.