Late last week, one of Miami Beach's wealthiest and most flamboyant characters was found wandering the streets, his face battered and bruised. Police arrested the five-foot-five Mark Gold -- who once sued Goldrush strip club over a $19,000 bar tab and uses chimpanzees as commercial props for his behemoth law firm, the Ticket Clinic -- on charges of felony domestic battery.
The cops said he roughed up his fiancée after he found some displeasing material on her Facebook page. But the incident report left out one key bit of information: the identity of the fiancée.
Now, one would expect Gold, who has a young son and only divorced his wife, Caroline Gold, in 2010, to have settled down with someone who had an age approximate to his 58 years. That person, however, would be totally wrong.
Gold's fiancée is none other than 21-year-old party girl Chandler Sutherland. It's difficult to say what, exactly, upset Gold involving her social media footprint -- because it carries just so much freewheeling debauchery.
Sutherland, who didn't return Riptide's request for comment and was charged with misdemeanor battery in 2011, frequently logs getting "wasted" in granular detail, documents her obsession with her dog "meatball," and enters meditation after meditation on her cleavage. Which, by every account, is a central aspect of the Chandler Sutherland ethos. (Her battery charge wasn't prosecuted.)
Judging from the torrent of social media in her wake, these images might make Gold go like this:
But the partying doesn't stop there. She cavorted on the Jerry Springer Show around Thanksgiving 2011, when Sutherland, clad in a black lacy number, gyrated against a stripper poll, got topless, and then proceeded to slather a muscled oaf with pie. Then, in a moment of vintage Springian television, she again shed her top and let it all out.
Here's the clip. "Raquel" makes her debut at the 5:10 spot.
It's unclear from her social media profile when and how Sutherland met Gold, but it appears to have been a whirlwind courtship, culminating in the unveiling of the World's Biggest Ring.
But not all was swell on Planet Sutherland. While away on a trip, she was hit with a letter. Gold wanted a prenup. So Sutherland did what any inebriated 21-year-old would do in that situation. She posted that shit on Instagram and then said, "Pooty-tang."
Later, when she returned from a trip to Texas, something amid this mishmash of digital media allegedly angered Gold, according to Miami Beach Police. In the ensuing fight, Gold suffered more significant injuries than Sutherland, according to Chris Lyons, Gold's attorney. Lyons says Sutherland, who is five-foot-one, pummeled Gold with a hand bedecked in a 14-karat gold ring.
The fight would spell the end of the romance. "It's fairly safe to assume that the wedding is off," says Ron Sachs, who works communications for the Ticket Clinic and extolled the philanthropic work Gold has done in the Miami-Dade community. "They would no longer consider themselves to be engaged."
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Updated: Sutherland responded after this article was published, labeling it a "complete defamation of character" and harshly criticizing what she referred to as a "fifth-grade spelling error." (Our bad, Chandler. It's fixed!) She then said 95 percent of this article isn't accurate but declined to specify which part.
"I will have you know," she told Riptide, "that if I DO decide to come out with all the details of our completely screwed-up relationship, I will make sure to go to another writer."