The Spiteful Stinker

christina aguilera 7[New York Post] Hollywood’s top divorce lawyer Laura Wasser was careful not to give up any secrets about her celebrity clients in her book, It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way: How To Divorce Without Destroying Your Family or Bankrupting Yourself.

A spiteful spouse agreed to let her husband keep their mansion, but stuffed seafood into the curtain rods before she left. When the husband and his new bride couldn’t get rid of the ensuing stench, they put the house on the market and sold it at a huge loss to the only bidder, the ex-wife, who quickly fixed the smelly problem. Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Patricia Arquette and Laura Dern would never be so vindictive.

BG Note: Several astute Blinders have pointed out that this story is one that has been circulating around the Internet for years. We don’t know if Laura Wasser’s celebrity client was the first one to do this; or if she was aware of the urban legend and copied it in real life; or whether Wasser used the story in her book as an example of revenge.

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  1. nomnom says

    I guess it is possible that a celebrity did this … but this urban legend has been around since at least 1945. as an attorney, I’ve heard it 100 times. Snopes it. Kind of undermines the credibility of her whole book, IMO.

    • KWDragon says

      I agree. This completely erases her credibility. I understand anonymous stories to protect clients, but if she’s just making cr*p up, I could rent War of the Roses for nasty divorce stories.

  2. gcreptile says

    Ok, because of Arquette and Dern I say David Lynch and his divorce from Isabella Rossellini. But I can’t find the connection to Spears and Aguilera.

  3. mugofmead111 says

    Camille Grammer? Just kidding. I think Kelsey let her keep the house.

    It sounds like whoever this is is a blonde.

  4. Cinzia says

    I thought this was an old urban legend/joke type thing. I will not buy this chick’s book if she’s stooping to bizarre stories like this!

  5. Ivee says

    This is an old internet joke titled “Never Underestimate a Woman.” In the joke, there’s a coda. The ex-husband and his new bride took the tainted curtain rods with them to their new home. This doesn’t sound like a “real” blind, and perhaps Laura Wasser is just making up stories. I first got a copy of this email joke about 8 years ago.

    • gadgetgal says

      Same here. I just looked it up. Actually, it is a very old trick – there’s a whole page dedicated to it on Snopes.
      Now I have to wonder if this is true as far as Wasser’s client is concerned, or just lifted from an urban legend to spice up the book.
      [Or maybe the client in question got the idea by Googling “real estate revenge” or something dumb like that]

  6. jennabo says

    This story went viral around in March 2006, I still have the email. So it has to someone who divorced prior to March 2006.

  7. reen57 says

    This is an oft used story. Usually with a shrimp. I saw a few similar stories a while back so this is not original.

  8. guessingbg says

    This is hilarious. I’m going to assume the wife has enough money to want to repurchase her own house rather than asking to keep it. The man is obviously someone who wanted to dump his losses (ex-wife) to move on to ‘greener’ pastures. Mel Gibson does come to mind in this mess, but I don’t know.

  9. stonn says

    Jessica “Chicken of The SEA” Simpson. Said to have been VERY angry at having to pay her ex Nick Lachey a $10 million dollar divorce settlement.

    • stonn says

      Lachey got plenty of flack for going after his ex-wife’s money instead of just walking away like a real gentleman would have. Only fitting that Jess would stink up the mansion they shared as retaliation.

      • gagirl says

        Oh please. He got what was legally his under California law. She’s the one who didn’t want to sign a pre-nup and it bit her in the butt. And would a woman be deemed less than a lady for accepting a divorce settlement? I think not. Don’t be sexist.

      • wendy hood says

        Whats a real gentlemen in this age of equality? If he was a woman, he would have been expected to pay just like he did. Im sure that money was earned fair and square.

    • Whatzmyname says

      I highly doubt if Jessica has enough braincells to think of something that brilliant. My vote goes to Camille Grammar. She is a smart cookie at least with a hot new boyfriend.

  10. geewhiz says

    Wow I read a book (fiction) where a jealous girlfriend did this. I wonder if Spiteful Stinker read the same book.

    Ex had to figure she sabotaged it and knew how to fix it wouldn’t you think? He must feel like an idiot for not being able to figure it out himself.

    No idea who though…

  11. boyzmom says

    That’s a well-known British chick lit trick. I have no idea who it is, but she’s definitely British or has close friends who are.

  12. tru leigh says

    This shrimp in the curtains dates back to an article in Cosmopolitan in the mid-80s. Except in the article, the discarded wife but baby shrimp in the hems of the drapes. Then I saw shrimp put into rods or pipes in a movie in the 90s, I think. Now it’s taken on almost an urban legend status, except that it really happens.

  13. potatus says

    I read this in a book a few years back. I can’t remember who it was, but my recollection is that it was “Old Hollywood” rather than new!

  14. emilieb211 says

    This sounds an awful lot like a Facebook story/post that went round for a while. If true or taken from said post, that’s a pretty good way to get back at an ex.

  15. dontpanik says

    no one. this is an urban legend that dates back at least 20 years which was the first time I heard it.

  16. Obeah says

    I don’t know who any of these references to the book are but I sure am learning a lot about being vindictive. This is a genius move, although I did fully appreciate steaming the labels off vintage wine bottles as well.

  17. pricey524 says

    I think this is a tall tale. My BFF suggested that i do the exact same thing 4 years ago after my live in boyfriend cheated on me

  18. Marjorie Stewart-Baxter says

    Pretty sure this is an urban legend that’s been circulating the Internet for a couple years now. Must be a really slow news week for NYP.

  19. rodieb123 says

    This is an old wives tale, and some show (a CSI or Law and Order type) used the story in one of their episodes.

  20. MistRhi says

    I think this is about Madonna and Sean Penn…..he was a class c**t to her and if it’s true he got off lightly IMO.

  21. Steph3965 says

    I heard about that, and I guess I’m not the only one that said that they would do the same, if conditions were similar.