Headhunter Guilty Of Stalking Hedge Fund Honcho's Wife

Dec 7 2011 | 10:12am ET

A domestic staff headhunter for the rich and famous has been convicted of stalking the wife of King Street Capital Management founder Brian Higgins.

Adrian Smith was found guilty of nine counts of aggravated harassment and one count of stalking Tania Higgins. Higgins accused Smith of bombarding her with abusive e-mails and phone calls, as well as posting personal information about her online and encouraging others to join in the harassment, after she decided against hiring one of his clients.

"I will have my revenge," Smith said in one phone message. "I will have a really great laugh when I see your house crumble."

"I will get the last laugh, I will embarrass you, I will harass you," Smith, a British national, is alleged to have said.

Smith's 25 e-mails and at least 15 phone calls in just one month to Higgins isn't the only trouble he's had with clients. While counting George Soros, Mariah Carey and Robert DeNiro among his clients, Smith had a falling out with the manager of rock star Lou Reed over his commission for finding Reed an assistant. Smith allegedly harassed Reed's manager, Tom Sarig, who Smith alleged had threatened to have him killed by Israeli assassins.

Smith is still facing trial on the Sarig charges.

Smith is being held without bail until his sentencing on Dec. 20, the same day his second trial begins. He faces up to one year in jail for the Higgins stalking.


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