If you guys remember, on June 11, 2023, Greenberg Taurig announced on Facebook that Allan Kassenoff had resigned from the firm, but that it “will be creating a dedicated trust fund with an independent trustee for the sole benefit of [the Kassenoff] children.” Has anyone seen any evidence of that trust being created? I have heard from several readers that they wanted to contribute to such a trust, but no one has seen any further mention of it. Add this is my list of lingering questions….I’m going to try and get to the bottom of this too!
UPDATE: 2 emails to the CEO and Head of Marketing at Greenberg Taurig and still no response. I will keep trying….
Hi everyone. It’s been over a month since I started following this case and I still have so many unanswered questions. I am including a list of those questions below and I am going to try to track down answers. Any and all tips are welcome! Please email me at Tips@KassenoffFacts.com.
- Is Catherine really dead? Has proof been delivered (i.e. official death certificate etc.)?
- Did Catherine really have a reoccurrence of cancer (let alone terminal cancer)? And if she did, why didn’t she include any evidence of it in her dropbox? Why didn’t Dr. Brewer (the therapist affiliated with the assisted suicide facility that Catherine presumably used) mention that she allegedly had cancer in his report? Why didn’t she tell her psychiatrist, family, lawyers, children or the Court?
- If Catherine really committed suicide, why didn’t she reach out and speak to her children beforehand? Why did she skip their Mother’s Day visit?
- How is Allan and will he be able to find work again to support his family? Who will support the children now that he lost his job? I still will never understand why Catherine would do this to her daughters – it just feels like a vendetta against Allan who will now struggle to support these children.
- Speaking of the kids, how are the kids doing?
- Where is Catherine’s family and why have they been so silent throughout all of this? Are they in contact with Allan or the children? We received some tips that they are estranged and have been for a long time because of Catherine’s mental health challenges. Is this true?
- Whatever happened to the house Catherine bought (for all cash!) about a month before she committed suicide? Who, if anyone, is maintaining that house? What happens to the house if she passes?
- Catherine also posted pictures of her German Sheppard on Facebook. Who is taking care of that dog? I hope she didn’t just leave him to die in her new house.
- Starting on May 28, 2023, a “Janea Bender” was posting virtually every day (and sometimes multiple times per day) on Facebook almost exclusively about Catherine’s plight. Ms. Bender has not posted since June 20 – what happened to Ms. Bender? Is she really Catherine? I find her disappearance curious. Does anyone know Ms. Bender? What’s her relationship to Catherine?
- What is Catherine’s relationship with Robbie Harvey? Why is he so invested in this case? Did Catherine plan this whole thing out with Mr. Harvey before she went to Switzerland? What is his personal motivation in this case – besides the money? So curious – did Catherine reach out to him? Did he reach out to her somehow? Did they have a financial arrangement? I have read on TikTok that he made over $20,000 from this case alone – what is he doing with that money?
- I have also seen on TikTok that Robbie Harvey is using his channel to regularly attack Allan – there is clearly more to this story (a lot of which is revealed on this website) that Mr. Harvey seems to ignore because it does not fit his narrative.
- Since I started this website, I have seen other groups pop up that seem to be much more concerned with uncovering the truth rather than simply parroting what Mr. Harvey has shared. For example, I have seen a Facebook group called “Catherine Kassenoff – Factual Analysis.” Additionally, there is a TikToker named Geneva (@thatgirlbombpop) who seems to be doing a great job revealing more about Robbie Harvey and his potential intentions while also doing a deep dive into the Kassenoff story. Geneva, if you are reading this, please reach out to me so can share information!
Thanks all. Remember – if you’ve got info or tips, please send them to me here and I’ll share! Tips@KassenoffFacts.com
Court Appointed Referee of Two Years Filed Grievance Against Catherine Kassenoff for Harassment and Threats
Files Police Report: Describing Campaign of Intimidation and ‘Terror’
Calls Out Catherine Kassenoff’s Tactics of Filing Frivolous Lawsuits Against Anyone Who Disagrees with Her
I’ve received another very interesting redacted court document from the same source that provided a few other court documents. I haven’t seen this one shared previously and thought it was also particularly compelling. In this grievance letter filed by the Court Appointed Referee in the Kassenoff custody case, the Referee describes a number of threatening emails she received from Catherine Kassenoff. The threats were so severe, the Referee filed a police report. The fully redacted document is here. Sharing some excerpts from the letter below, but I think it’s important to note that this appears to be Catherine’s pattern. She will attack and harass anyone who disagrees with her. Here, the Referee describes Catherine’s harassment as the worst she’s experienced in her 44-year career.
I became very uncomfortable having conferences with counsel and Ms. Kassenoff without Judge Koba and a court reporter being present.
Prior to my involvement in this divorce proceeding, Ms. Kassenoff was granted supervised access with her three minor daughters by Judge Everett. This access was continued by Judge Koba after an interim custody hearing in which Catherine Kassenoff was diagnosed as having a personality disorder with narcissistic traits. During the entire two-year period of my involvement in Kassenoff v Kassenoff, Ms. Kassenoff’s supervised access with her daughters continued.
During the two-year period during which I was assigned to the Kassenoff divorce to assist Judge Koba, I received several emails from Ms. Kassenoff which I considered threatening.
I became very frightened at the threat and content contained in Ms. Kassenoff’s email and became very concerned for my safety. I was so concerned for my safety that I felt compelled to file a police report.
As Ms. Kassenoff has been seen in the Courthouse, I am now afraid to be in any unsecured part of the Courthouse where I work, or to be outside alone. I notified the Captain of the Court Officers at the courthouse, and also the District Attorney’s office, of the email threat.
During my 44 years in the NYS Court System, I have been a Court Attorney Referee,
County Court Judge and Family Court Judge. I have never before experienced the kind of conduct exhibited by Catherine Kassenoff nor the threats she has directed at me. In my opinion, this conduct by Ms. Kassenoff is sanctionable.
I hesitated before filing this complaint as I am quite aware that as a result of this complaint to the Attorney Grievance Committee, Ms. Kassenoff, in all likelihood will file not only a Complaint against me with the Grievance Committee, but will also concoct a frivolous lawsuit to file against me. That has been her pattern throughout this entire matter. However, I refuse to remain silent and permit her to continue her campaign of intimidation and ‘terror’.
Notwithstanding the likelihood of her retaliation against me for filing this complaint, I cannot remain silent. For the first time in 44 years, she has caused me to fear for my safety from an attorney or litigant. Her conduct as an attorney in this matter, in which she has represented herself at various times during the long and tortuous divorce proceeding, and her attacks on every professional who has ever been involved in this matter who has not agreed with her nor done what she wants, have been relentless. Her campaign to harm anyone she perceives as not being “on her side’ must be stopped. She gives all attorneys a bad name.
Eye Witness Account of Troubling Catherine Kassenoff Visitation Scene
I’m still working through all of the documents that I’ve been receiving in the Tips@KassenoffFacts.com email. Thanks to everyone who is sending over documents. Still obsessing over this story and all of its twists and turns. A few updates:
This website is getting attention
I’m seeing that people covering the story like Robbie Harvey have found my little website and are saying this is Allan and questioning why I marked it as private when I registered the URL. I can answer that for you. The amount of crazy, threatening, and inappropriate comments on this case are out of control. It’s taking forever to cull through the hate mail I’ve received to get to the pieces that might be valuable. I’m finding the people from Catherine’s side in particular are coming at me like it’s their full-time job (maybe it is?). Is Catherine paying them? What’s Robbie’s story? Why doesn’t he present both sides of this case? The people on Catherine’s side are focused on tearing down anyone who raises any questions about this case. Why is that? I think these are reasonable questions. Why don’t they want to understand a more balanced view of this case? Why do you care so much about Catherine – someone you barely know – and not about the children that she left behind?
The Fingernail Audio
I think it’s interesting that Robbie Harvey had a different take on the audio that I posted than I did. He edited it into short snippets and turned it into a narrative about physical abuse. I had a different take. I thought it showed that Catherine fell and Allan was trying to support his wife in getting her into bed so that she could get some rest. I found his approach to be that of someone who would say or do anything to de-escalate the tension and end the breakdown / downward spiral that was happening. I also thought that his interaction with the children was great in the audio. That’s why I shared it, but judge for yourself. I thought this section was interesting and don’t believe that it was included by Robbie Harvey. Why not?
Allan: I’m going to take the kids to the library and I’ll take them for breakfast and let you rest.
Catherine: I’m going to be gone. I’m giving up custody of the children.
Allan: Please don’t do that. No one is asking for that.
Catherine: It’s the only way they’ll be normal human beings.
Allan: I’m begging you to stop. No. We’ll get divorced, we’ll share custody and they’ll be fine. Do you think it’s going to help them when they find out that their mother is giving up on them?
As I said, I’m working through a lot of documents, but I received this email from a waitress at a restaurant that the children and nanny frequented during supervised visits. I thought I’d share it because I felt like this was someone who had no skin in the game from either side. I thought these observations were interesting and it felt to me that it was someone who felt compelled to stand up for the children. See what you think:
Hi KassennoffFacts.com – I am a waitress at a restaurant in the Hudson Valley. Allan K’s children were at the restaurant every week and would have to sit and wait for hours as they each visited their mother separately seemingly due to their mother not wanting the three children to be in front of her together because the girls ganged up on her, according to what the girls have said. The three girls would have to spend hours waiting for each other’s visits to end and miss practices etc. because it was so far from home. The girls all said that they hated their mother constantly, and more often than not, came back from the visit crying. They always asked for their dad and wanted the visits to be over.
Catherine came in and made a scene one time when the three girls didn’t want to sit on the same side of the booth as their mother and instead sat together on the other side of the table. After almost no time at all, the girls got up and stormed outside. Their mother followed them out and proceeded to make a scene and upset the girls further, so one of the girls ran away while the other two girls ran to the bathroom to get away from her and cry. Their mother proceeded to follow them into the bathroom and scream at them to get out loud enough for the entire restaurant to hear to the point where the manager had to go into the bathroom and make Catherine stop. After she finally left, their father came and they all happily came out and went home with him.
Catherine has exposed her children to so many things that children shouldn’t know about by putting so much on Facebook publicly embarrassing and upsetting them all deeply. She gave the girls gifts every time they went to a visit but it seems as though they were bribes used only to try and get the girls’ love. Unfortunately, not a single visit ever went by without some sort of trouble and it seems that the ones who really suffered through this were the three girls. I also want to add that I have seen all of the videos going around online, and all of them seem to be from a long time ago and are not current or even accurate depictions of the way these girls were treated by their father. Listening to the three girls talk about their mother made me so upset for them. It was obvious that they all just wanted this experience to end and to continue living with their father.
Nanny Warning: Kassenoff Former Nanny Describes “Psychopath” Mom
Following the launch of my Kassenoff Facts website, I have been inundated with documents and tips from both sides along with loads of hate mail. While I believe that there’s been a lot shared on behalf of Catherine Kassenoff in this case through all of the Robbie Harvey videos, the Frank Report, the New York Post, and the DropBox files, I don’t recall seeing this document that I received over the weekend.
This document appears to be an official affidavit as part of the court case where one of the Kassenoff’s former nannies is describing what she observed. It’s a really compelling (and sad) story of how one parent would alienate an adopted daughter and show favoritism to two biological children. It also shares a warning published on Facebook to other nanny and au pair agencies.
Careful to all au-pairs who are looking for a family. I don’t advise you to work for the Kassenoff family, the mother is a psychopath (who) doesn’t treat her well. They have been kicked out of every agency except ours. I don’t know if with my leaving them, whether they will get kicked out of Cultural Care as well.
I’m sure someone from Catherine’s side will say that Allan was having an affair with this nanny, but my source (whom I have reason to believe is actually associated with the court system and not with either the husband or wife in this party based on some of their language in their tip note), assures me that’s not the case. See what you think.
Unraveling the Kassenoff Case
By Jesse Williams
I have a confession to make. I have become a little obsessed by the case of Catherine Kassenoff and her husband Allan. Both seemingly embroiled in an incredibly volatile relationship and a four-year long divorce and custody proceeding. The story appeared last week when the wife and mother of three, Catherine Kassenoff, published an assisted suicide letter, files, and videos on social media which then got picked up and went viral via a Tik Tok seven-part series by Robbie Harvey. The media coverage, commentary, hate mail, and death threats to all involved combined with the video were incredibly triggering for anyone who has been on either side of an ugly custody case. I know. I’ve been there!
I’ve been following along and reading everything I could get my hands on. While I always want to stand with the sisterhood, I started to have some unanswered questions about this case. My searching started to turn up ‘Kassenoff Hoax’ mentions and I began to wonder if there was more to the story. Is this our next Gone Girl movie script? So, I put on my amateur detective hat and started to dig, reaching out to everyone involved – offering on the record or off the record opportunities to speak or share information to see if I might be able to uncover more here. Speaking of everyone involved, I was surprised to see that Catherine had 18 lawyers from different law firms representing her throughout the last 4 years. Certainly, a red flag if I’ve ever seen one. There’s more to the story there too and I’m hoping that they will read this and consider helping us understand what happened in this case.
I’m going to begin sharing what I’m learning here….and will continue to post as I get more information. Watch this space! Please send all tips to: Tips@KassenoffFacts.com
1. Did Catherine Kassenoff follow-through with the assisted suicide?
I have not found or been provided any death certificate or proof that Catherine has passed as of June 6th – 9 days after the letter was published. In digging around a bit more, I have learned that the Swiss are incredibly meticulous when it comes to reporting deaths – those that are a part of an assisted suicide facility especially. They also typically have a videotape of the assisted suicide and report it immediately, so I’m wondering if it’s strange that we haven’t gotten confirmation yet? I’m also hearing reports that for a period of time, Catherine’s Facebook page was live, which means that she or someone is accessing her profile. Are you out there and ok, Catherine?
I really hope she’s ok and that this was just a giant hoax to bring attention to her case as twisted as that might be. Then my heart really does go out to her children because the not knowing must be really difficult. Who would do this to these children? I can’t think of a crueler thing to do to your own children than to commit suicide and then continue this vendetta against the only parent left to care for you, who now needs to balance caring for these poor children with defending himself and trying to sustain a livelihood to support his children. Trying to be open-minded here, but it really feels awful.
2. Did Catherine Kassenoff have a terminal cancer diagnosis?
All the reports I’ve found or read do indicate that Catherine had a cancer diagnosis (around 2008) and a reoccurrence (around 2017) that then was in remission. In all of the court documents from this year, I don’t see anything that references a new terminal cancer diagnosis. Seems odd if you’re seeking support through the court system to not mention.
Even more interesting, I found a deed to a property that Catherine purchased in April 2023 for $897,000 in cash – no mortgage. If she were facing a terminal illness diagnosis and planning an assisted suicide, why purchase a house?
3. Let’s follow the money….
Catherine’s documentation claims that she was kicked out of her home, destitute, and had no money, but one anonymous source claims this is factually incorrect and that she cleared out all the marital accounts and received more than $1.1 million during the cases for counsel fees, housing, and other support. Where did that money go? How did she get the money to purchase the new home? Maybe its family money? But again, why buy a house if you knew you were scheduled for assisted suicide in a month? I’ve added the deed here so that you can see the purchase of the house in Larchmont for $897,000 paid in full with no mortgage in early April, 2023.
4. Let’s talk about family….
I saw references to Catherine’s mom and brothers, so I reached out with no luck. People who know the family said that they have distanced themselves from Catherine after a long history of false claims and her on-going mental health challenges. I received an anonymously delivered email that appears to be a communication from her brother and mother to Catherine begging her to get mental health assistance and then explaining that for their own well-being would need to distance themselves from Catherine. One anonymous source said that her brothers remain in contact with Allan and have attempted to get mental health support for Catherine multiple times through the years.
I also received a tip that as a concession, the couple agreed to allow Catherine’s cousin to act as the court appointed supervisor of Catherine’s supervised visits with the children. This proceeded well for a while until according to the Frank Report, the cousin found out that Catherine had stolen her identity and made fraudulent purchases and opened up accounts in her name. I haven’t been able to find a police report on this yet, but if anyone reading this has it or can encourage the family members to reach out, I’d appreciate it!
5. The Videos…
I’ve seen the videos that Catherine shared and they’re damning. Let’s be honest – neither of these people are winning any parent of the year awards based on the behavior displayed in those videos. So, I was interested to find out when they were from. If my math is right, they have to be dated more than 4 years ago because they haven’t lived together in 4 years. I also see in the court documents, references to audio and video files of Catherine. As we know, there are always two sides to every story and I am a skeptic that this was all conspiracy theory. We know that it’s very rare for a court (let alone 5 different judges) to take children away from their mother and place them in sole custody with their father. If the court did so after seeing those videos, it made me wonder what else exists.
I had been chasing videos when an email arrived to me anonymously. Sharing the files here. The video and one audio clip show Catherine in a screaming match with her young daughter. The third one seems to be Catherine screaming about being tired and also not wanting custody of the children anymore. The fourth appears to be a supervised visit with one of the children where the child is saying that she doesn’t want to do visits anymore. It sounds like the mother and child are arguing over an email and the child believes that the mother went into the child’s account and wrote it and sent it back to herself to help in the case.
I am told, but have not seen yet, that there are 21 total video and audio files that were shared with the courts that prompted the court system to intervene with urgency. Again, if anyone out there has them, please send them over so we can get a sense of what the court might have considered before removing them from custody with their mother. I will be careful to try and blur pictures of the children so that they aren’t further victimized in this case.
6. The Children…
Ultimately, this is an incredibly sad story about three children who will no doubt be irreparably harmed by the poor choices and volatile nature of their parents’ relationship and their choices to share the prolonged battle publicly. I’m told that the children remain with Allan and are happy and getting the services that they need. I have seen comments posted on some websites from parents of children in the neighborhood and school district where the children live saying that they are well cared for and clearly adore their father.
I also saw in Catherine’s files that there are psychiatric reports of each of the children in violation of their HIPAA rights that I will not include here. It’s bad enough that they have been through this volatile experience, but I really don’t like that their psychiatric records are sitting out there for everyone to see.
I am also hearing that in a July 2020 court hearing, two former nannies of the children testified that they witnessed Catherine abusing the children and described that abuse in detail. I do not have this court document yet as I’m sure it’s sealed, but if anyone out there has it, please send it my way!
Again, I can’t help but feel that it’s particularly cruel for them to see all of this on the internet some day and for them to be wondering if their mom is alive or dead right now. What I can see is that there are a lot of people with limited knowledge of this case or an axe to grind on one side or the other that are all too happy to share some insights anonymously because they’re afraid of the torrent of negativity that might come their way.
This all leaves me continuing to wonder….is this a gigantic hoax or a tragic tale of a volatile relationship? I reached out to every name I could find working on this case. I did not receive any information directly from Allan or his attorneys, but I have received a large number of files – some public and some shared anonymously. I have shared them here for your review.
In response to my inquiry to Allan and his attorney, I received this statement that I share below in its entirety:
We are deeply troubled by the claims that Ms. Kassenoff has pursued assisted suicide and that various media outlets have reported on these claims without confirming their accuracy. It’s important to note that in this very challenging custody dispute, there are three young children involved. Our client has complied with the instructions of various courts to keep the details of this dispute out of the media and off of social media. Ms. Kassenoff has repeatedly taken steps to publicize the details of this custody dispute, generating a large following of individuals who believe her side of the story and advocate on her behalf without fully understanding all of the facts of this case.
At every stage of this four-year custody dispute, the court system has acted responsibly and thoroughly. Following a neutral forensic evaluator’s assessment, the court ordered an immediate order granting their father sole legal and physical custody. The court also issued an urgent order of protection against Ms. Kassenoff eliminating unsupervised interactions with the children based on what they observed when they were with their mother. Ms. Kassenoff violated that order, was arrested, and her access to the children was further limited. While it is always difficult limiting a parent’s access to their children, given the circumstances of this case, it was found to be in the best interest of the children to take these steps urgently. The children have been in our client’s care for 3 ½ years and they are safe and healthy.
Throughout this process, there have been many attempts made by Ms. Kassenoff to disparage our client. Attempts have been made by Ms. Kassenoff to hurt him personally and professionally, including a variety of absurd and baseless allegations and edited videos from more than four years ago to portray him in a bad light. Mr. Kassenoff continues to put his children first and their well-being is his primary concern.
Navigating mental illness is very challenging especially on a public stage. We encourage individuals and news outlets to withhold forming opinions or reporting salacious details about this case without understanding the facts and to consider the further potential damage that this type of attention could have on all involved.
I’m not trying to draw any conclusions. Personally, I think that’s been part of the problem with this case so far — people (including a lot of media) making snap judgements and taking things at face value. I guess all I’m left thinking is that from what I’m seeing, something doesn’t quite add up.
If you have more information about this case, please send it to Tips@KassenoffFacts.com
Jesse Williams is a full-time New York State small business owner, part-time amateur sleuth and wannabe investigative journalist. Focusing on uncovering all sides to stories that grab the headlines, Jesse encourages you to share any relevant tips at Tips@KassenoffFacts.com