My silver lining: How a budding designer used a $75,000 NYPD  compensation payout to create a multi-million dollar fashion line

A young female entrepreneur told today how she turned a compensation payout from the New York Police Department into a multi-million dollar fashion line.

Leah McSweeney, 28, received a $75,000 settlement from the NYPD after an officer smashed her face into a subway grating in 2002, knocking out two of her teeth.

She used the payout to launch her own clothing line - and has now amassed millions through her successful enterprise.

Enterprising: Leah McSweeney used a $75,000 settlement from the NYPD to start a multi-million dollar fashion line

She claims the assault by the officer took place as she tried to defend a friend during an altercation with police.

She said: 'The cops were beating up a friend of mine outside the Hammerstein Ballroom at around 4am. I had a bottle in my hand and, though I shouldn't have, I threw it. That's when the cop punched me.'

In what she described as 'a pivotal moment in my life', Ms McSweeney then used the $75,000 she received from the NYPD to set up her business - Married to the MOB.

She purchased a new computer, turned her apartment into her office and, 'most importantly had money to live on while I started the company', she said.

Clash: McSweeney was punched by an officer during an altercation in 2002 and lost two teeth

Her line of T-shirts are embellished with provocative messages like 'Super B****' and 'Men are the new women'.

Ms McSweeney became a millionaire three years ago when she sold a stake in her company which has its headquarters at the Empire State Building.

Her new status has made her eligible to appear on Bravo's realty TV show The Millionaire Matchmaker, on which she will appear on tonight in her quest to find love.

With a successful business to run and a young daughter to care for Ms McSweeney has not had much time to focus on finding a mate so decided to try out Patti Stanger on the dating show.

But Ms McSweeney said she did not have much luck.

'One guy owned a tanning salon chain, and we just didn't have anything in common', she said.

'Patti told me to sit there, smell good, look good and make cupcakes. She might be right, but that isn't me'.

McSweeney's early years were spent in New York where she attended all girls Catholic School, Convent of the Sacred Heart, whose alumni include Paris and Nicky Hilton and Lady Gaga.

'I went to an all-girls private school and had to wear a uniform', she said. 'People were trying to mould me into something I wasn't. I am not changing myself for anybody, and that certainly goes for who I date'.

Individual style: McSweeney's label, Married To The Mob, has its headquarters at the Empire State Building

'I am single, and I am not in a rush. It's really hard for me to find guys. If a guy is as successful as me, I'll barely have time to see him, and he'll barely have time to see me'.

Ms McSweeney describes her line as much like herself, 'tough and sexy' and said she started her fashion label because she wanted women to have the same cool brands as guys.

Celebrities like Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie, model Doutzen Kroes and rapper Lady Sovereign have all worn her clothes.

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