UPDATE3-26-12: Longevity expert Daniel Vitalis has now backed out of doing Jeannette’s next Eco Tour in Peru. The one scheduled for August that she is desperately trying to sell. His assistant told me today, “Daniel has actually decided to cancel the Peru tour due to the recent unfolding of the story with Steven Guynn. Daniel personally had no idea that this was going on in the background and decided he would rather cancel a project that was being funded in such a way.”
Another New Canaan finance bigwig is in the news for a sex scandal that involves extramarital sex and possible physical abuse. Wall Street lawyer Steven Guynn got slapped with misdemeanor assault and threatening charges last week when his long time mistress called 911 after a disagreement at her New Canaan love shack on Main Street.
The New York Post had a field day with the story publishing sexy photos of the European mistress Jeannette Schaefer and Guynn’s $3.2 million family home at 309 Laurel Rd where one of the alleged fights happen. Schaefer, a natural blond from the Netherlands who was also married when she first met Guynn, has played well into the role of victim here even though her claims of abuse tie her to an affair with a very married Mormon man who she admits taking money from. Guynn’s, been slaughtered by the press as the bad guy but a little digging shows his accuser has some questionable behavior of her own.
In September an anonymous poster published a warning about Schaefer, who goes by Jeanette Kielo Dussel in her work as a raw food healer and tour guide, claiming she doesn’t have the new age training she advertises. When I asked Jeanette about the fraud claims on Friday, she shrugged it off as a vengeful move by her ex husband, William Schaefer, who sued her for alimony payments when she left him for married Guynn. She also didn’t seem too upset about the New York Post outing her name telling me in an interview she thought “Who Cares” after she read their story. This might be because any press is good press for the 41-year-old mistress who needs to sell wealthy travelers on shelling out coin to roam through a Mexican jungle and eat raw food on one of her ‘Eco Tours’ if she plans to support herself. You see in the last few months the mistress has been hitting up anyone with a celeb name to join her nature walks in what appears to be a move to add credibility to the operation – a company incorporated for her by Guynn in September 2009.
During the first week of March Jeannette showed up at a NuSkin event hosted by New Canaan’s New Balance store where 90210 TV star Ian Ziering was promoting the benefits of the company’s anti-aging products. Ian told me she chatted him up for a while trying to impress him with her knowledge of raw foods and tried to sell him to join one of her eco tours. He politely declined. A month before that Jeannette tried to get a well-known alternate healing medical practitioner, Dr. Klinghardt, to allow her to exhibit for free the eco tours at a paid medical training seminar he was hosting in New York City.
Debbie Floyd, Klinghardt’s business assistant for the Klinghardt Academy, told me Schaefer hasn’t completed the full training with their program and doesn’t have a certificate from the Academy. In fact last year she only attended half the training in New York and then according to Floyd had an emotional breakdown claiming a family death to get her money back from the seminar. Floyd told her she couldn’t attend this years training unless she paid for it after Jeannette called to try to sell her on getting Dr. Klinghardt to attach his name to her Eco Tours. But Jeannette doesn’t seem to take no’s well –after Floyd turned her down Jeanette showed up at the February event anyway. According to Floyd the mistress snuck in during a break making a beeline for the famed Doctor to try and charm him into joining the Eco Tour. When Floyd saw her chatting up her boss she says she politely pulled him away from Schaefer.
Floyd noticed something else this weekend while reviewing Jeannette’s RawFlora website. She says the mistress has a proprietary food cocktail of Klinghardt’s posted on the site and re-sells the expensive supplements to make it. The problem is Klinghardt does extensive training with real medical doctors to subscribe the alternate medicine recipe because not all patients need all the supplements – supplements he claims help with problems like Lyme disease. In fact Floyd told me the cocktail Jeannette has posted on the site is actually outdated and not the one Dr. Klinghardt current subscribes.
In our interview on Friday Jeannette told me she had done training with the Klinghardt Academy and advertises she can also administer ATR therapy. Autonomic Response Testing was trademarked and created by Klinghardt and is practiced at his Academy of Neurobiology. Jeannette would not return a follow up request for comment when I asked if she could show me a certificate of training from Klinghardt.
The anonymous site “Jeannette Kielo Dussel is a Fraud” writes:
Do NOT take health-related advice from this charlatan, and especially beware of any products, tinctures, or other “remedies” she offers, She has endangered the health and lives of dozens of victims in her very brief “career” as a health “authority” — she is no such thing; just a greedy grifter and predator!
There are no names of injured parties from her raw food business or comments on the site from others claiming they’ve had a bad experience with Jeanette. She list a few testimonials on the RawFlora site but also took down her bio page detailing her training this weekend.
Guynn’s attorney Christopher Young posted a comment on the site asking for anyone who has been a victim of Jeannette to contact him. It will be interesting to see if the New Canaan Police have once again lobbed on criminal charges, with possible damaging effects to this Big Law attorney’s career at King & Spalding, without doing enough background investigation into the source of the complainant.
When Jeannette was asked if she is trying to hire a civil lawyer to sue her boyfriend for the alleged assault which gave her a black eye she told me she never do that. But people familiar with the drama say Jeannette tried to contact a lawyer in New Haven to file a civil claim against Guynn but the lawyer wouldn’t take her case. Even though she asked for a full no-contact order on Guynn, Jeannette told me she’s been in contact with Guynn’s attorneys. It’s unclear if it’s to try to get some form of monetary payment from her now ex-boyfriend or maybe she’s backing down from her statements to the New Canaan Police about Guynn’s physical attacks. The case has been moved to the domestic violence docket which means Guynn may never have to plea and a deal for anger management classes along with a continued no contact order could be negotiated.
Guynn’s attorneys at Gulash & Riccio had no official comment for this story.
Jeannette told me in an email Friday, “I’m not really angry with Steve. His violence is a conflict within himself.”
Allegations of physically abuse are usually scaring and typically a traumatic life event for women but Jeannette’s breeze comments during our interviews showing little care for being outed as a mistress of a high powered man who beat her –she seems dismissive of the event like it’s a shrug off.