Monday, August 22, 2011

Michael Malik: The Latest Life & Times of a Detroit Casino Syndicator

Carrying on a 7-Year affair. Another illegitimate child. A $300k Las Vegas wedding. A 6-week marriage. Dirty divorce. Extravagant living. Drugs, alcohol & abhorrent sexual behavior. Bullying, intimidation & influence peddling.

No, that's not a teaser for a new reality-TV "Housewives" series but rather a glimpse into the private life and character of Detroit casino syndicator Michael J. Malik, Sr. He is a confidante and business partner of Detroit's Ilitch Family -- namely Mrs. Marian Ilitch -- founders of Little Caesars pizza, and owners of the Detroit Tigers (MLB), Detroit Red Wings (NHL) and several dozen other affiliates under the Illitch Holdings, Inc., umbrella.
Michael & Brooke Malik. Temple Bet El, Passover Event
March 3, 2010 (six weeks after their Las Vegas wedding and
six days before he would move out and file for divorce)

On the heels of his 2003 divorce from Michele M. Malik and a reported affair with Heather Lufkins Robinson, Michael J. Malik, Sr., (age 50) began having a romantic relationship with stylist Brooke Anne Garwood (age 28).  Described by some as a kept woman, Malik provided Brooke with financial support for the next seven years  -- support that increased upon the November 2006  birth of their son Cameron Anthony Malik.

Seven years after beginning their affair, and three years after the birth of their son, Malik and Brooke Garwood were married in a Las Vegas, Nevada ceremony (January 21, 2010).  Malik says he spent more than $300,000 on wedding related expenses. 

Six weeks later (March 9, 2010) Malik had moved out of their new 5,000 square foot Birmingham home and filed for divorce in a Detroit area court.

From the time of Cameron’s birth until his parents were wed, Brooke and Cameron Malik resided at 1063 Bird Ave., Birmingham, Michigan. The 3 bedroom home was approximately 2,000 square foot and recorded a sale price of $350,000.

During this same period Mr. Malik resided at various locations. Several luxury residences in Grosse Pointe owned by Malik were forced into sale and Malik was the roommate/tenant of Detroit area restaurateur/grocer Victor Ventimiglia.  Malik defaulted on a $1 million personal line of credit with Fifth Third Bank; was delinquent on property taxes and had real estate in foreclosure.

Malik Family Residence
350 Aspen Rd., Birmingham, MI 48009
For about a month after the Las Vegas wedding (February 10, 2010 to March 9, 2010) Michael, Brooke and Cameron all lived as a family at 350 Aspen Rd., Birmingham, Michigan.  They reportedly paid cash for the three bedroom / five bath home which was purchased February 1, 2010. Prior to the sale it had been listed at $2.3 million.

Then by March 9, 2010, Malik reports he had moved to The Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend, Birmingham, Michigan.  Both parties had accused the other of outrageous amd abusive behavior, infidelities and indiscretions. A bitter divorce ensued.

The Rushmore Penthouse
80 Riverside Bvd.
New York, NY 10069
Malik, a business syndicator who along with Marian Ilitch has bankrolled long-shot Indian gaming proposals in Michigan, California and New York with little success.  Over the last decade, he has advanced various failed gaming proposals with the Shinnecock Indian Nation of Long Island, New York. Their latest scheme centers on plans to develop an entertainment complex (casino, hotel, new train station) at the Belmont Park and Race Track on Long Island.  He's investing thousands to influence Governor Andrew Cuomo and other New York officials who will make the decisions.

During the first trimester of 2010, Michael Malik bought a penthouse residence at The Rushmore in New York City (80 Riverside Blvd., #PH4A, New York, NY 10069).  Prior to filing for divorce, Malik and Brooke made several trips to New York City looking for a residence to purchase and shopping for items to furnish the penthouse.  However, a shrewd Mr. Malik did not enter into a contract to purchase the penthouse until March 19, 2010, ten days after filing for divorce.  Penthouse 4A at The Rushmore sold to Mr. Malik on April 15, 2010, for nearly $5.4 million, reportedly paid in cash and closing only after he had separated from Brooke.

Michael Malik's Vacation Estate
4411 Pine Tree Dr.,
Miami Beach, FL  33140
While the Maliks were married, they also kept a lavish vacation property at 4411 Pine Tree Drive on the Miami Beach Peninsula. That vulgar $7.9 million Mediterranean estate with a nearly 12,000 square foot mansion was available for $45,000 per month.  See More Estate Details:  Video Tour;  Slideshow;  For Sale Listing.

According to court documents and police reports, Miami Police were called to a scene at the Malik vacation home on March 13, 2010.  Cocaine and other drugs were reportedly in plain site (MBPD Crime Scene Report - Case No 10-24620). Various investigations suggest more than a dozen people had engaged in drug use and sexual debauchery during five days of continuous partying. Court documents indicate they “participated in the use and distribution of cocaine and other illegal substances and engaged in abhorrent sexual behaviors.” 

Malik asked that the Judge restrict public access to information revealed in divorce proceedings and the judge granted the protective order going forward.

In December 2010, the Court granted consent for a divorce.

Brooke Malik is now an associate with Cicchini Custom Clothier.

It's unclear where Mr. Malik is calling "home" and who, if anyone, he might be cavorting with at this time.

@ Malik vs. Malik – Various Divorce Documents

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Anonymous said...

Ah, the lives of the rich and famous. I hope she didn't splurge in bridal shops in las vegas. Wedding items can be very expensive, and this one seemed to have a sky-high budget.

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