One-time La Jolla socialites Dianne York-Goldman and Dr. Mitchel Goldman were divorced in 2009, but the dissonant music lingers on. In October of 2008, Pennsylvania-based Avidas Pharmaceuticals announced a new anti-aging product, Vitaphenol Complex. It was developed by Mitchel Goldman, M.D., and Dianne York-Goldman, the company boasted in a news release.
According to Avidas's website, Goldman remains a scientific advisor to the company. On April 20 of this year, York-Goldman filed a suit against Avidas in Superior Court. On June 2, the suit was moved to federal court. She claims that the company told her in 2008 that she would get 8 percent of the profits from the sale of Vitaphenol, and the company broke the contract. The company retorts that hers is an "artfully pleaded, albeit factually devoid complaint." The company argues that under the contract, it had the right to terminate the deal.
This is York-Goldman's 39th trip to San Diego courts, as either plaintiff or defendant, since 1999. She first came to my attention in 2013, when women were reporting that they had been harassed by former Mayor Bob Filner. She claimed that he had put his arm around her and touched her buttocks. They were posing for a photo and she was smiling. CNN ran the photo, and from what I could see, Filner's hand was well above York-Goldman's derriere.
Nonetheless, she filed a claim with the City. Her claim was denied and the case has been closed, according to the City's Risk Management Department.
Although she has had some business failures, including attempts to file bankruptcy and eviction from her La Jolla office, on her Facebook page she purports to be a "media expert, speaker, author" and business executive.
On a website, she vents her bitterness. She says she was an accomplished model when she married her first husband. That ended in divorce. She says she was worth more than $5 million when she married Goldman. She erred by not demanding a pre-nuptial agreement, she says. "This resulted in my having to pay for all his family expenses, including child support, spousal support legal fees, among all other support categories. Eleven years later I realized I was robbed blindly." She lashes out at Goldman's associates: They "took the time and money to lie, distort, and spread hatred about me; [they] just cannot accept the fact that I had everything, was a very successful business woman but made some bad choices in men."
Dr. Goldman could not be reached for comment.