Los Angeles: `Desperate Housewives` star Eva Longoria has been hit with a USD 4 million lawsuit by a former business partner who has accused her of agreeing to an illegal scam to boost the money she invested in her now bankrupt restaurant Beso.
Investor Mali Nachum has accused the actress of putting USD 1 million into her Beso eatery as part of an illicit scheme which promised her a return of USD 4.6 million in interest over two years, reported TMZ.
Nachum claims the actress` alleged deal violates California law and diminishes his own shares of the venture, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
He is suing Longoria, who owns a third of Beso, for USD 4 million in damages.
Longoria has suffered a string of problems with her Beso brand and last week bosses at the Las Vegas branch filed for bankruptcy after racking up debts of almost USD 5.7 million.
And, in June 2010, Nachum took legal action against the star, claiming she forced him out of his ownership stake and managerial job at the Sin City venue.