A former Playboy Playmate jumped with her 7-year-old son to their deaths from a Midtown hotel Friday, May 18. Stephanie Adams, 47, leaped with young Vincent from the top floor of the Gotham Hotel around 8:30am, according to Dailymail.
The pair checked into the hotel around 6pm Thursday, May 17, and were staying in a 25th-floor penthouse suite, NYPD Chief of Manhattan Detectives William Aubrey said at a press conference. Their bodies were found on a second-floor landing in the hotel’s rear courtyard. It’s unclear if she was holding her son, or if he jumped at his own will.
“Early this morning investigators located an individual whose attention was drawn to that same second-floor area when he heard two loud noises,” Aubrey said. “His attention was drawn to that and he discovered these two deceased individuals.”
The deaths come as Adams waged a fierce court battle with her estranged husband, Charles Nicolai, 47, owner of Wall Street Chiropractic & Wellness.
Their relationship was so bad that they had begun meeting for custody exchanges at a police precinct in Tribeca, reports Dailymail.
‘It ensures no violence takes place,’ a friend told The Post in March.
Adams, who posed in the November 1992 issue of Playboy, was also awarded $1.2million from the NYPD, after suing the department over a 2006 incident in which she was thrown to the ground by a cop who falsely claimed she pulled a gun on him.
Adams and her ex were also sued in 2013 by Dilek Edwards, a former massage therapist in Nicolai’s office.
Edwards said she was let go after Nicolai claimed his then-wife was ‘jealous’ of ‘too cute’ Edwards. The lawsuit was initially thrown out, but later restored by an appeals court who said Edwards could sue for gender discrimination.
Who Is Stephanie Adams?
Adams was a former Playboy model and author, born on July 24, 1970, in Orange, NJ. She was the November 1992 Playboy Playmate and was a well-known figure up until her passing with over 1.3 million Twitter followers.
Adams began modeling at a young age and earned dual bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She ultimately put her academic career on hold to pursue her modeling career which had taken off while she was in school.
On her website she says she dated Calvin Klein supermodel Ted Stephenson, married (and divorced) an Italian investment banker, and she claims to have dated Robert De Niro for some time. Adams also said she has spent time with several LGBT notables such as comedian Marga Gomez and rock star Joan Jett. She has explained she was a “Playboy trapped in a Playmate’s body.” She presumably brings up her estranged husband, Charles Nicolai, later on in her post, saying she dated a “very high-profile attorney as well as a highly successful but extremely controversial financier, eventually marrying someone else briefly until soon afterwards filing for divorce.”
Adams was supposedly a self-made millionaire by the age of 30. In addition to her work as a model, she also spent time as an investor and founded a skincare line called GODDESSY Organics. GODDESSY initially began as a small publishing house in 2003, and Adams claimed to have written two dozen metaphysical books, astronomy calendars, and tarot cards.
Eventually, she expanded her company to be an organic products company. Adams described her brand, saying “Goddessy is a portmanteau of ‘Goddess’ meaning someone ‘spiritual’ and ‘odyssey’ meaning a ‘journey.’” Organic products “for your mind body and spirit.”
She describes herself as a “generational occultist, psychic and spiritualist.” She goes onto say that she has “decided to dedicate most of her time towards business, philanthropy, and developing as much of a private life as she can possibly have.”
She Was Awarded $1.2 Million From An NYPD Excessive Force Case
In 2012, Adams was awarded $1.2 million in an excessive force case against the NYPD. The incident that resulted in a lawsuit occurred in 2006, Adams explained: “I just wanted to get home and I just wanted him to make left turn and he got extremely upset, called her a vampire “and was cursing and threatening and got out of taxi …yanked my hair and shoved me to the ground …I waited six years for justice,” she said.
The incident began when Adams called the police to complain about a taxi cab driver. The cabbie said she threatened him with a gun. When the officers arrived, they used excessive force to detain her, causing permanent neck and back injuries. Police would later find that Adams did not have a gun, and it was determined in court that they should have assumed she was not concealing a weapon, given her “skintight outfit.” Adams also said, “she was traumatized by having police guns drawn on her.”
The cab driver lost his license, and Adams was awarded $1.2 million from the lawsuit six years later. This was $400,000 more than she initially sought. According to her Twitter, it appears that Adams ultimately had a good relationship with the NYPD. She posted several pictures of her and officers, praising them for their work.
At the time of her death, it was estimated that she was worth $4 million.