Meghan and Harry bought house from ‘wife beater’ who ‘put woman through hell’

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been slammed for buying a mansion for millions from a man whose ex-wife claims made her life "hell".

It comes after the former royal couple paid £11million for a new home in California which they bought off Russian tycoon and billionaire ex-bank boss, Sergey Grishin.

Mr Grishin, who's nickname is Scarface Oligarch, has been accused by his former wife Anna Fedoseeva of domestic abuse and violence.

Ms Fedoseeva has slammed the royal couple and questioned why they bought the mansion from him.

Speaking to The Sun, Ms Fedoseeva claimed: "He is a dangerous man and destroyed my life.

"Meghan struggles for women’s rights. But in my case, that means just to be alive.

"It isn’t wise for anyone to surround themselves with him or anyone affiliated with him."

Ms Fedoseeva said she believes Harry and Meghan may not have known of her claims but slammed them for "lack of due diligence".

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The 38-year-old continued: "Even a simple Google search would have led to court records containing horrific allegations against Sergey.

"He put me through hell, with domestic violence, assaults and threats to me and all my loved ones.

"I am still fear for my life. I do not think it wise for anyone to surround themselves with Sergey Grishin."

Mr Grishin has strongly denied the allegations against him.

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He began his career by selling cookies and hot dogs, before he became chairman of Rosevrobank when it was at the centre of a money-laundering scandal.

The 54-year-old billionaire, who has confessed to stealing millions from banks in Estonia and Russia, once owned the iconic mansion which appeared in the gangster film Scarface.

But he sold that property for a third of its original asking price in 2015.

Mr Grishin bought the enormous 14,563-square-foot mansion that now belongs to Meghan and Harry in 2009.

Known as "The Chateau", it had previously been listed for £20.6m but Mr Grishin failed to find a buyer.

He relisted it in January for £13m and has sold it to the Sussexes for £2m less than that. The deal was closed in an "off-market" sale in June, the LA Times reports.

Daily Star Online has approached Meghan and Harry's representative for comment.

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