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Timeshare mogul Stephen Cloobeck sues ex over OnlyFans photos



A Las Vegas timeshare mogul is waging an all-out legal war against his Instagram model ex-girlfriend after their five-month relationship went south.

Diamond Resorts founder Stephen Cloobeck, 59, has filed two separate lawsuits accusing digital pinup girl Stefanie Gurzanski of scamming him out of more than $1 million in gifts and trips and misusing his palatial home, his private jet and even his suite at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as a backdrop for her saucy photos.

But Gurzanski, 26, says Cloobeck — who sold Diamond Resorts for $2.2 billion in 2016 — is an obsessed ex who’s made her fear for her life since she broke up with him in December.

Things got so bad that she got a restraining order against her multi-millionaire ex in January after he first brought her to court, said her lawyer, Arthur Barens.

“He wanted to control her,” Barens told The Post. “You mean calling a girl 15 times, a dozen times a day, sending her intimidating texts, intimidating her mother, intimidating her friends — that is mental abuse.”

Cloobeck’s latest legal salvo is a federal copyright infringement lawsuit centered on nine risqué images that Gurzanski posted to Twitter and OnlyFans, where subscribers pay to see her posing in the nude.

Cloobeck claims he’s the “sole and exclusive” owner of the photos showing Gurzanski in skimpy bikinis and a revealing pink dress, which he says she published without his permission.

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Cloobeck’s state lawsuit accuses Gurzanski of fraud and trespassing and seeks to stop her from making money off photos that involve his assets.
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He even registered copyrights for them on March 3 and 4 of this year — months after they were originally posted, according to his Tuesday Los Angeles federal court filings.

Cloobeck has also gone after Gurzanski’s racy pics in a separate lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court last week, where he accused her of duping him into thinking she was a “legitimate” fashion model so she could use his home and other possessions as a setting for her salacious business.

“Her unauthorized use of these assets, and wide distribution of their representations over the internet, endangers a reputation Cloobeck spent a lifetime building as a successful businessman, philanthropist and donor to politicians, who like Cloobeck would frown on any association with pornography,” reads the March 8 complaint, an amended version of the suit he first filed in January.

Cloobeck alleges Gurzanski was so shameless that she once posed topless in a yarmulke from his son’s bar mitzvah and occasionally got naked while his teenage daughter was in the house, his lawsuit says. Barens said the yarmulke photo was Cloobeck’s idea, a claim Cloobeck’s lawyer denied.

Cloobeck’s state lawsuit accuses Gurzanski of fraud and trespassing and seeks to stop her from making money off photos that involve his assets.

Cloobeck is also seeking to be reimbursed for the more than $1.3 million worth of gifts and “experiences” he lavished on his ex — including more than 100 bikinis and pieces of lingerie that she “used as props in her … OnlyFans posts,” the suit claims.

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Cloobeck claims he’s the “sole and exclusive” owner of the photos showing Gurzanski in skimpy bikinis, which he says she published without his permission.
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But Gurzanski’s account of her brief relationship with Cloobeck paints a disturbing picture of a jilted lover out to destroy her.

The couple spent time together nearly every day from the time they met in late July until mid-December, when Gurzanski decided to spend the New Year’s holiday with her friends instead of with him, according to a court declaration she filed in January.

Cloobeck got angry and started harassing Gurzanski about her modeling before asking her to marry him on Christmas Day, she says. After she declined the proposal and broke up with him, Cloobeck allegedly began a relentless harassment campaign against her and her family in which he posted her private address and nude photos online.

He also barraged Gurzanski with phone calls and texts and sent her an email threatening to “kill her legally with expenses,” according to Barens, who says the multimillionaire knew full well what Gurzanski did for a living.

“This is a sick guy who needs help,” Barens told The Post of Cloobeck, who met Gurzanski after the end of his 22-year marriage. “I think this is probably the first pretty girl he ever went out with and he can’t get over it.”

Cloobeck’s lawyer, Robert Allen, called Barens’ statements “complete fabrications.”

“Not liking the facts, he and his client are making things up,” Allen said in a statement. “In addition, Mr. Cloobeck has been blessed with beautiful women in his life both inside and out.”

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Tesla more than doubles Q1 sales, delivers 185,000 vehicles




Tesla says it delivered nearly 185,000 electric vehicles in the first quarter despite a shortage of computer chips that has hit the global auto industry.

The number was more than double the deliveries for the same period last year. And it beat Wall Street estimates of 168,000 for January through March. The company says in a statement that the Model Y small SUV in China has been well received.

Tesla lists no production figures for its older models, the S sedan and X SUV, during the quarter, but it delivered just over 2,000 of them. It says new equipment has been installed at the Fremont, California, factory and production of new versions is in the early stages.

The strong sales are a sign that demand for the company’s relatively expensive vehicles remains strong despite the pandemic. Analysts polled by data provider FactSet estimate that the average selling price of a Tesla is $49,100.

Shares of Tesla are down more than 9 percent so far this year as some of the shine wore off electric vehicle and tech stocks, which had experienced a big runup last year. The stock closed Thursday down just under 1 percent at $661.75. Markets are closed for the Good Friday holiday.

Tesla Model 3s (seen here) and its Model Y accounted for nearly all of Tesla's first-quarter sales.
Tesla Model 3s (seen here) and its Model Y accounted for nearly all of Tesla’s first-quarter sales.
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Tesla sold just under 500,000 vehicles last year, barely missing a target set by CEO Elon Musk. The company hasn’t given much guidance for this year’s sales figures.

Wedbush analyst Dan Ives called the first-quarter numbers a “jaw dropper,” and a huge home run in the eyes of bullish investors. “We believe China and Europe were particularly robust this quarter as the trajectory now puts Musk & Co. to exceed 850k for the year which is well ahead of whisper expectations,” he wrote Friday.

The Model 3 small car and the Model Y accounted for nearly all of the Palo Alto, California, company’s first-quarter sales. Tesla said it sold 182,780 of both models combined.

Ives wrote that analysts expected more than 12,000 sales of Models S and X, with the miss driven by the chip shortage.

The strong sales came even though the company shut down much of its Fremont production for several weeks in late February and early March. It did not say why, but it’s likely that the company ran short of computer chips.

President Joe Biden’s announcement this week of $174 billion in spending on electric vehicle incentives and charging stations, and rising global demand for electric vehicles should shift sentiment toward Tesla stock, Ives wrote.

“It’s been a brutal sell-off for Tesla and EVs, but we believe that will now be in the rearview mirror,” he wrote.

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55 firms paid no federal income tax last year, report finds




Dozens of America’s biggest companies paid no federal income taxes last year thanks to a range of tax breaks — including some brand-new ones, a new report says.

The 55 corporations avoided a total of $8.5 billion in taxes on more than $40 billion in pre-tax profits in their most recent fiscal year, according to the Friday report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

In fact, 52 of those firms — including household names such as Nike, FedEx and Dish Network — ended up pocketing federal tax rebates worth a collective $3.5 billion, the left-leaning think tank’s analysis found.

And 26 of them haven’t paid a penny in federal income tax in the three years since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reform bill was signed into law in 2017, the report says. That group includes shipping giant FedEx and power company Duke Energy, which reported nearly $15 billion in pre-tax income for those three years, according to the findings.

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Nike is among dozens of major corporations reported to be paying little to no federal income taxes.
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“Duke Energy fully complies with federal and state tax laws as part of our efforts to make investments that will benefit our customers and communities,” company spokesperson Catherine Butler said, adding that Duke paid more than $2 billion in annual state and local taxes in 2020.

Major companies have used loopholes in federal tax law to help their bottom line for decades, the think tank’s researchers note. But they got a fresh boon from the CARES Act, the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill that aimed to help businesses weather the COVID-19 pandemic.

Big firms were able to take advantage of a provision in the bill to use losses they racked up in 2018 or 2019 to offset profits from previous years, which slashed some of their 2020 tax bills to less than zero, according to the report. That measure accounted for at least $500 million of the 55 giants’ tax breaks, the report says.

FedEx stood by the CARES Act tax breaks, saying the law helped it and other companies “navigate a rapidly changing economy and marketplace while continuing to invest in capital, hire team members, and fund employee pension plans.”

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FedEx is said to be among major firms pocketing federal tax rebates while avoiding federal income taxes.
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But many companies also used more established methods for giving themselves tax discounts.

Those include write-offs for paying executives in stock, which were used by more than a dozen companies, while at least half a dozen took federal research and experimentation credits, the report says.

The list included some companies hit hard by the pandemic, including crafts retailer Michaels, as well as companies that thrived despite the lockdowns, like, the cloud computing company that announced record 2020 earnings in February.

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Salesforce is reported to be among thriving firms able to take advantage of numerous write-offs.
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By reining in tax breaks like those, “or by re-introducing some form of a ‘minimum tax’ requiring profitable companies to pay at least some tax in any profitable year, Congress and President Biden could take a major step toward a fairer and more sustainable tax system,” authors Matthew Gardner and Steve Wamhoff wrote in the report.

Salesforce, Michaels, Nike and Dish Network did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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China admonishes H&M over ‘problematic’ map on website




Swedish retailer H&M continues to clash with Beijing, this time over how it has portrayed the region geographically.

Chinese officials admonished H&M Friday over a “problematic” map on the company’s website in the latest sign of escalating tensions after the Swedish retailer criticized China’s controversial cotton-picking region.

Shanghai government regulators summoned H&M managers to a meeting after internet users complained about the map, officials said on social media.

Chinese officials did not provide any detail about the alleged offense, which they said H&M managers quickly corrected.

But H&M got in trouble with China in 2018 for listing Taiwan as a country on the Taiwanese version of its website. China claims the democratic island country is part of its territory.

H&M was told to “bolster its awareness of the national territory, and really ensure the standardized use of the Chinese map,” the Cyberspace Administration of China’s Shanghai arm said in a post on the WeChat social network, according to The Wall Street Journal.

H&M did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

The map flap is just the latest headache H&M has faced in China, the fast-fashion retailer’s top clothing supplier and its fourth-largest market by sales.

The company was hit with boycott threats last week and had its products pulled from Chinese e-commerce platforms over a statement it made last year saying it does not source cotton from the Xinjiang region, where Beijing has been accused of forced labor practices against Uyghur Muslims.

H&M tried to tamp down the backlash Wednesday with a new statement saying it’s “dedicated to regaining the trust and confidence” of its customers, colleagues and business partners in China, where its store locations were reportedly scrubbed from digital maps last week.

The company said it wants to be “a responsible buyer, in China and elsewhere,” but did not mention Xinjiang specifically.

With Post wires

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