Jules and Michael Wainstein's divorce drama just took a tragic turn. A man jumped to his death from Apthorp, the Upper West Side apartment building the estranged couple has been fighting over in court.
The 47-year-old victim, whose name has not been released, jumped from the luxury apartment building on West End Ave. near W 79th St. around 7:25 a.m. He landed in front of the building on scaffolding, New York Daily News reported.
As Radar has extensively reported, Apthorp has been at the center of The Real Housewives of New York star's nasty divorce battle.
On February 14, a New York City judge ruled the mother-of-two could sell the Apthorp apartment she shares with her estranged husband after he failed to pay child support and rent for Jules and their children.
"Apthorp needs to be sold," Jules' lawyer argued in court. "It's the only asset he will admit is a marital asset. It's the only asset where there is money for this family to pay debts and find resolution to this case. All we get is, 'I have no money,' yet he's paying his own expenses but not your honor's orders. He paid a certain amount to avoid contempt. Children's school is saying they can't enroll this year."
Despite Michael's counsel fighting to allow him to keep the apartment, the judge sided with Jules.
"Their lien is only growing every month," the judge said. "Ms. Wainstein is more affected than your client because it's her name on the apartment. She should be allowed to sell it."
As Radar readers know, Jules and Michael were sued for failing to pay nearly $72,000 in rent for their other apartment. Jules was hit with an eviction notice for the third and fourth floors of the apartment, where she lives with their children.
Michael, 45, appeared in court on February 27 regarding the eviction case.
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