The “Heidi Klum of Foot Models” Suing Co-Op; Can’t Keep Her Hands Off Doormen

Good thing she ain’t a face model.

from – The hand and foot model who’s suing her co-op for treating her like a pariah for marrying the doorman has a history of romancing the help. Before she fell for bareheaded former doorman Angel Rotger, Christina Ambers had previously cavorted with another doorman at the Upper East Side building, a married Romanian immigrant named John Bradatan. But is it so crazy for a woman whose hands are her livelihood to fall for men who professionally open doors?

Rotger doesn’t think his predecessor suggests some kind of doorman fetish, and tells the Daily News, “I think it’s absurd that [Bradatan’s] name is even mentioned because this situation is totally separate from all of that. It’s apples and oranges.” But the two men do have more than a profession in common: according to the News, they’ve both had run-ins with the law.

Rotger was arrested in 2006 for driving without a license, while Bradatan was busted for drug dealing in his teens. Bradatan says his romance with Ambers lasted six months, after he stopped working at the building. “She wanted me to get married, she wanted me to divorce [my wife],” Bradatan tells the News. “Then she wanted to sue the building.” He says Ambers even bought fake wedding rings in order to tell people in the building they were husband and wife.

They closed the door on their affair in 2007, and then Ambers swung over to doorman #2 later that year. But she insists Bradatan ran up debt on her credit cards, is “evil,” and not to be trusted: “The relationship did not end on good terms. He is vengeful and he is not a nice person and I know that anything he has to say about me is not going to be positive because he’s an ex-boyfriend of mine.”

from CBS:(CBS/AP) A woman known as “the Heidi Klum” of foot models is suing her upscale Manhattan apartment building, claiming the co-op board is trying to force her and her new husband out because she married its former doorman.

Christina Ambers filed a $10 million lawsuit in Manhattan State Supreme Court against residents and the management of the swank building on the borough’s upper-East Side known as the Avon House, where Ambers has lived since 2003.

The lawsuit claims her husband, Angel Rotger, lost his job, and the luxury building engaged in a pattern of retaliation after the couple became romantically involved, by having employees do things such as forcing her to hail her own taxis and retrieve her own packages.

The suit claims residents object to “a Hispanic former porter” living in the building and the board is trying show them the door as a result.

Building lawyer Joe Colbert says the claims have “no merit.” He tells CBS News the termination of Ambers’ lease had nothing to do with her relationship with Rotger, and stems from other “objectionable conduct.” He wouldn’t give details on what that alleged conduct involved.

But, in an exclusive interview on “The Early Show Saturday Edition,” the couple’s attorney, Josh Price, said, “We’re suing because my client has been treated differently by this cooperative board, by this management company, because of the relationship she had with the doorman in the building.”

Ambers told Hill her troubles in the building began before she and Rotger started dating, while he was still the doorman, and centered around her claims that a repair on her apartment’s floor was faulty.

One of the things that brought them together, they say, was that Rotger was one of the people in the building who was consistently pleasant with Ambers.

“I was always very nice to Christine,” Rotger told Hill, “regardless of what they told me to do and instructed me to do. I was instructed to stay away from her at all cost and to refrain from any kind of communication with her. They just basically stated that she was a quote/unquote ‘problem’ and that I should refrain from any conversation or any kind of contact whatsoever.”

They wouldn’t elaborate on that, he says, adding that he was fired before marrying Ambers, when he and she were just friends, “and I was warned at that time to stay away from her. And I was doing various tasks for other tenants that I would usually do for anyone else, and I would do them for her. And they warned me upon entering her apartment, the very minute I entered her apartment, they said, ‘Well, we found out last night that you were in Christine’s apartment, and that if you’re found on to be in there again…”

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