A former QVC executive has sued her hired matchmaker for failing to find her a suitable suitor.
Darlene Daggett, 62, paid Kelleher International, a high-profile dating service for executives, $150,000 to be introduced to highly screened, eligible bachelors from around the world.
Instead, reports Philly.com, Daggett claims she was set up with a series of less than ideal dates, including a man who said he was waiting for his terminally ill wife to die before dating, a disgraced New York Supreme Court judge, and a man who passed out due to a heart condition on their first date.
A divorced mother of four, Daggett was an executive at Pennsylvania-based QVC for five years and spent over 20 years at the company. Her LinkedIn profile says she is currently the founder and executive director of the non-profit Ikatu International.
According to Courthouse News, in her complaint filed August 3, Daggett said that because of her high-level position she felt traditional dating sites “did not provide the degree of screening and privacy she was looking for,” so she turned to northern California-based Kelleher International.
Founded by Amber Kelleher-Andrews (pictured above), a former actress, and her mother Jill Kelleher, Kelleher International claims to have “set the Gold Standard in upscale, selective, and personalized matchmaking.”
According to their website, they offer a service called the “CEO Club” and claim “world-class businessmen and women, time starved entrepreneurs, and notable celebrities have all experienced unprecedented success, and appreciate the benefits of working directly with our founders.”
Daggett’s suit alleges the agency’s so-called “’highly-screened matches’ included men who were married, mentally unstable, physically ill, pathological liars, serial Lotharios, stalkers, convicted felons, and men unwilling or unable to travel and/or the subject of professional sanctions.”
Both parties agreed to settle shortly after the lawsuit was filed and have declined to discuss the details, due to a nondisclosure agreement, reports Philly.com.
Kelleher CEO Amber Kelleher-Andrews released a statement that said in her business, “It doesn’t always work out.”
Feature photo: Associated Press