That's according to housing court papers obtained by the New York Daily News, which show that Sharif El-Gamal owes $39,000 in rent for his offices in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood. The landlord began eviction proceedings against El-Gamal last month after he was given a month to pay the overdue rent but failed to do so.
Last year, El-Gamal's firm, SoHo Properties, also fell behind in office rent payments and settled a lawsuit out of court. The company said it expects to do the same this time.
SoHo Properties is heading a controversial effort to build an Islamic center and prayer space two blocks from where the World Trade Center once stood. Today's report about his delinquent rent comes a day after a lawsuit was filed in neighboring New Jersey accusing El-Gamal's partner in the mosque project, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, of being a slumlord.
Read more at the Daily News.