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Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary’s ‘vodka-swigging wife Linda acted ‘bitchy’ after boat crash


Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary’s wife Linda was ‘bitchy’ after crashing into boat of stargazers in ‘gruesome scene’ that left two dead – as cops say she had ‘vodka water’ in her room when they went to interview her later

  • Linda O’Leary was driving her boat on Lake Joseph with her husband when she crashed into a boat of 12 stargazers in August 2019 
  • It was just before midnight – she claims the other boat had no lights and crashed into her 
  • She has been charged with careless operation of a vessel and is on trial in Canada
  • On Friday, witnesses from the stargazing boat testified that she was ‘bitchy’ and acting ‘like a teenager’ in the immediate aftermath of the crash 
  • It was a ‘gruesome’ scene with two people severely injured but Linda was ‘pissy’ and ‘sassy’, they said 
  • The Ontario Constable who then visited her at home said she was in bed and had been drinking ‘vodka water’ 
  • She said O’Leary told her that someone made her the drink after the 11.45pm crash 

Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary’s wife Linda was ‘bitchy’ and tried to blame the boat she’d just crashed in to in a ‘gruesome’ collision in 2019 that killed two people, a court in Canada heard on Friday.  

O’Leary has been charged with one non-criminal charge of careless operation of a vessel under the Canada Shipping Act for the death of Gary Poltash, 64, from Florida, and mother-of-three Susanne Brito, 48, from Ontario, who were both killed when Linda crashed the stargazing boat they were on in Lake Joseph in 2019. 

On Friday, a witness on the boat the two victims’ were sitting ‘idly’ in the water, looking at the sky, when Linda powered into them out of nowhere. 

Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary’s wife Linda was ‘bitchy’ and tried to blame the boat she’d just crashed in to in a ‘gruesome’ collision in 2019 that killed two people, a court in Canada heard on Friday.

Gary Poltash, 64, from Florida

Mother-of-three Susanne Brito, 48, from Ontario

Gary Poltash, 64, from Florida, and mother-of-three Susanne Brito, 48, from Ontario, were killed in the nighttime collision

Linda’s boat slid on top of theirs then went back into the water. 

The witness said she immediately blamed them – suggesting they’d crashed into her, when they’d been still the entire time.

‘The woman did all the talking at first and was like, kind of ‘You hit us,’ or, I don’t remember the actual words, but it sounded like she was, not confrontational, but pissed or bitchy, a little bit, excuse my language, just a little sassy. 

‘Honestly, I thought she was a teenager that hit our boat,’ Cathryn Hibbard told the court. 

She insisted that they had their lights on the entire time before they were hit and after.

‘It was a gruesome scene on our boat. There were lights on in the boat, so you could see everything.’

Linda, who serves as the VP of Marketing for O'Leary Wines, was driving her and Kevin's luxury boat on Lake Joseph in Ontario, Canada on August 24 in 2019 when it collided with another vessel causing the two fatalities and injuring three others. Pictured: One of the O'Leary's boats

Linda, who serves as the VP of Marketing for O’Leary Wines, was driving her and Kevin’s luxury boat on Lake Joseph in Ontario, Canada on August 24 in 2019 when it collided with another vessel causing the two fatalities and injuring three others. Pictured: One of the O’Leary’s boats

She said that before the O’Leary’s hit them, there was ‘complete silence.’ 

‘It was absolutely silent, quiet, serene. It was like it came out of nowhere and was so fast,’ she said.

The Ontario Provincial Police constable who went to the O’Leary’s home also testified. 

OPP Const. Breanne Marr said she arrived at the home to find Linda lying in bed, with one leg poking out of a blanket at the end. 

There was an alcohol monitoring device at the end of the bed with the word ‘alert’ on it.

‘She was advising that someone had made her a drink when she returned from the accident. 

‘She was very hostile toward us, she was not co-operative, she did not wish to speak to police any further, and, pretty well told us she was done talking,’ she said. 

Kevin O’Leary was cooperative, she said.

The trial has been adjourned until July. 

O'Leary his wife in Miami not long after the crash. She'll return to court in July

O’Leary his wife in Miami not long after the crash. She’ll return to court in July

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