06/30/2010 03:47 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Jean Claude Irondell, Hotel Du Cap Former Manager, Charged With Embezzlement

The famed Hotel du Cap in France's Cap d'Antibes is facing an unusual foe: Jean Claude Irondell, the hotel's former director, is being charged with massive embezzlement, according to

Irondell was a legendary figure at the hotel, for which he worked for 51 years (35 of those years as General Manager). The hotel has a prominent spot in the celebrity world: for decades actors and actresses have flocked to the hotel during the Cannes Film Festival (this year, for instance, Vanity Fair and Gucci through a party honoring Martin Scorsese at the hotel's equally famous restaurant, Eden Roc).

Famously, the hotel and restaurant only accepted cash (in an old-fashioned manner, guests would have money wired ahead of their stay). That plan may have backfired as now Irondell is charged with skimming off nearly $1 million from the books, charging wealthier clients more, and collecting fees under the table.

Regardless of the outcome, it's doubtful that the hotel's reputation will be damaged too badly. Quelle horreur!

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