The inheritor to a frozen health-food empire was ordered quarantined and barred from seeing his three youngsters after he went out “partying” amid the coronavirus disaster — and overtly left a stash of medication within the Hamptons house the place they had been staying with a nanny, The Publish has realized.
Larry Praeger — whose late dad, coronary heart surgeon Peter Praeger, co-founded Dr. Praeger’s Purely Smart Meals — claimed he needed to make a phone name earlier than ducking out round 4:30 p.m. on April 29, in keeping with courtroom papers.
However Prager, who’s now CEO of the corporate famed for its veggie burgers, didn’t return for about seven hours and appeared “intoxicated” when he lastly confirmed up round 11:30 p.m., estranged spouse Brenna Praeger claims within the Manhattan Supreme Courtroom submitting.
Within the meantime, the couple’s youngsters started texting and FaceTiming with Brenna round 7 p.m. as a result of they had been “upset” and “scared” that their dad hadn’t come house, in keeping with the authorized papers, that are tied to the couple’s bitter divorce case.
One baby even despatched texts that stated “my head Hurts to death” and “Mommy I feel like I’m bout to die,” a screenshot that’s a part of the submitting reveals.
Brenna hopped into an Uber and rushed from Manhattan to the couple’s five-bedroom, three-bathroom home in Water Mill, getting there round 11:15 p.m. and allegedly discovering “unknown drug substances, pills and drug paraphernalia strewn along the countertop in her master bedroom.”
“The drugs were fully exposed with no efforts to conceal them,” the courtroom papers say.
Brenna claims to have shot images that present what look like psychedelic mushrooms in a plastic baggie, in addition to a tin of cannabis-infused mints, a vaping machine and a small, pyramid-shaped object in a gold wrapper.
The images additionally present two bottles of prescription capsules, certainly one of which seems to be labeled with Larry’s title and to comprise “amphetamine salts,” that are used to deal with ADHD and narcolepsy.
Brenna claims she additionally discovered “similar paraphernalia and drugs” in a protected within the house in Could 2019, with a photograph displaying objects together with a rolled-up plastic bag, a crinkled bundle of aluminum foil and a carrying case for a “Kingpen”-brand hashish vaping pen.
About 10 minutes after Brenna arrived on the Water Mill home, Larry returned, and he or she locked the door to the storage to maintain him out, which prompted him to begin screaming, pounding on the door and “threatening her that she would never set foot in this house again,” courtroom papers say.
Larry in some way obtained inside however allegedly left when Brenna agreed handy over a backpack from the toilet filled with unknown objects that she “was never able to photograph.”
Courtroom papers say Brenna had spent 9 days on the home with the youngsters earlier than leaving them there with Larry on April 26.
“Within 72 hours of Mr. Praeger being responsible for the parties [sic] Children, he left them with their nanny…so he could go out partying,” courtroom papers say.
Brenna’s April 30 submitting sought an emergency order awarding her non permanent custody of the youngsters and unique use of the Water Mill house, in addition to drug testing of Larry inside 24 hours and random testing afterward.
A supply aware of the matter stated that Justice Douglas Hoffman granted the requests and that Larry was present process 30 days of random, twice-weekly urine and hair-follicle testing for medication together with psilocybin and LSD.
Hoffman additionally ordered Larry quarantined for 14 days, the supply stated.
Larry’s lawyer declined to remark.
Brenna couldn’t be reached and her lawyer didn’t reply to inquiries.