The brothel-owner, the ex-wife and one big row

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ALEX KAS­RIEL

A BIT­TER MAR­I­TAL row has been rekin­dled af­ter a one-time model and air host­ess pro­moted a book she wrote about her for­mer hus­band’s broth­els by ad­ver­tis­ing it on her Ford Fo­cus.

Melvin Walker and Shar­man Schif­fer were to­gether for 16 years and mar­ried for six, un­til split­ting up three years ago.

Ms Schif­fer, who now lives in Cock­fos­ters, North Lon­don, took re­venge on her ex by pub­lish­ing a satir­i­cal book en­ti­tled Sh­mel the Rat: The Yid­disher Pimp, which re­lated how he was put in jail for own­ing and run­ning il­le­gal mas­sage par­lours. Even her car has a li­cence plate which reads MY04RAT.

“He’s a real con mer­chant,” al­leged Ms Schif­fer, 55, who mar­ried Mr Walker at Red­bridge Syn­a­gogue. “We never even lived to­gether as man and wife. We ar­gued more of­ten than not be­cause of his wom­an­is­ing ways. I caught him in bed with a 70-year-old wo­man that he was liv­ing with in a bed­sit af­ter I hired a private de­tec­tive. I thought I could change him, but does a leop­ard ever change its spots? I wrote this book for all the women that he’s ru­ined.”

But Mr Walker — now a 70-year-old pen­sioner, liv­ing in Fri­ern Barnet — in­sisted that Ms Schif­fer knew about the re­al­ity of his busi­ness.

He­said:“When­shemetme,sheknew ex­actly what she was get­ting. I don’t drink, smoke or gam­ble, but I like girls — and there was the oc­ca­sional test­ing of the prod­uct. I thought this was dead and buried, but now she wants to drag this up. All she claims is that she is the in­no­cent party. She went all round the world. She knew where the money was com­ing from.”

Ms Schif­fer claims the book — which has been fea­tured in var­i­ous tabloid mag­a­zines af­ter it was pub­lished in 2005 — has been such a suc­cess she hopes to make it into a film.

She has now re­moved the slo­gans from her car on the ad­vice of her lawyers.

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