ELLE Macpherson, the model, has been accused of taking part in a "conspiracy" to cover up claims that her billionaire husband was piloting a helicopter without a licence when it crashed, killing his best friend.
She is named in a $100m (€72m) wrongful death lawsuit filed in Miami federal court against Jeff Soffer, a hotel and property tycoon, by Daria Valdez, whose husband Lance died in the crash in the Bahamas in November last year.
It claims that Mr Soffer, the owner of Miami's Fontainebleau hotel, was "recklessly flying and controlling" the helicopter without a valid pilot's licence when it crashed attempting a landing at the Baker's Bay Golf & Ocean Club on Great Guana Cay.
Mr Valdez died, and Mr Soffer and four other passengers were injured.
Mr Soffer's attorney said the hotelier denied all allegations of wrongdoing.
Mr Valdez was one of Mr Soffer's oldest friends and reportedly introduced the hotelier to Macpherson when the Australian was based in London.
The couple broke up earlier in 2012 but reconciled as he recovered from the crash. (© Daily Telegraph, London)