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New York hand model sues apartment building for $10m

November 13th, 2017

A New York City foot and hand model claims her marriage to a footman in her ritzy apartment block has trod on building workers’ and residents’ class sensibilities.
Christina Ambers, dubbed the Heidi Klum of foot models, in July wed Angel Rotger, a former porter in the building on the well-heeled upper east side of Manhattan.
Soon after the wedding, Ambers claims, other building workers were up in arms, forcing her to flag her own taxis and handle her own packages. The building’s residents gave her the cold shoulder and subjected her to abuse, she says, including an incident in which the building superintendent’s wife hit Rotger in the groin. Ambers responded by handing the building a $10m (£6.1m) lawsuit.
“I hope that people can understand how awful it is to come home and to then be treated with hostility in a building where I have paid a lot of money to live,” Ambers told the Daily News. “Nobody should have to live this way.”
Ambers, whose appendages have appeared in advertisements for Maybelline and Clinique cosmetics, Barney’s New York, and several luxury brands, moved into the building in 2003. Rotger hailed from New York’s less-fashionable Bronx borough. The pair fell in love in 2007 while he was working in the building. He now lives with her.
In the suit, Ambers claims Rotger lost his job after he swept her off her feet, and that building residents object to a “Hispanic former porter” living among them.
“The people in this building need to come into the 21st century,” Ambers told the Daily News. “I fell in love with Angel because he is a sweet, caring man. How dare they look down on us.”
The building’s co-op board has pledged to defend the superintendent and his wife, and a lawyer said her claims have no merit. Neighbours said Ambers parades about in skimpy outfits, with one describing her as “the biggest problem in the building”.

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