Kimberly Wendell: The Early Days, Part III

When Summer saw Kim Wendell working at a nightclub in the Bellagio in Las Vegas in 2004, she couldn't believe the change.

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When she had last seen her in Fort Lauderdale more than a year before, Summer said Wendell was bleach-blond with long hair extensions, wore blue contact lenses, weighed 90 pounds, and had enhanced double-D breasts.

"Now she's 125 pounds, she was down to a C cup, her hair was brown, not blond, and she had brown eyes," Summer said. "And her hair was cut short. Basically it was like she whacked off her hair, gained 30 pounds, and her boobs got smaller."

It seemed to Summer that Wendell had gone back to a closer version of her natural self. The place where Summer met Wendell was Light Las Vegas, owned by Andrew Sasson, a club operator who had grown up in South London, dropped out of Florida International University, and supposedly worked briefly as a doorman at Velvet in Miami Beach before opening a nightclub in New York. Vegas magazine has written about Sasson extensively, including his love of

"pole dancers." Here's what a Las Vegas promotional publication said about the club where Wendell was working:

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Inside Light
Light Las Vegas is a place where old and new money meet. Designed as a watering hold for high rollers, celebrity socialites and women, Light offers more of a New York vibe [and] ... the experience begins with an insane door where those who guarded it hand- picked their guests from a crowd of hundreds of hopefuls... With lavender velvet decor, red lighting, exclusive bottle service, beautiful women, and DJs spinning the best in hip hop and top 40, Light nightclub throws one hell of a sexy party.

Summer says she doesn't know the details of Wendell's work for Sasson, but she had met Sasson and knew his reputation.

"Andrew was very keen on dating his staff, and she was still an attractive girl," she said. "They try to put you at the right tables. It's for the high rollers; you surround them with models and bottles. That's what they always said: 'models and bottles.' They get everything comped and hang out with beautiful girls."

It's not known if Wendell dated Sasson. And the night Summer and Wendell bumped into each other is the only glimpse we have of Wendell in Vegas at this time. And it wasn't long before she met Scott Rothstein.

If Rothstein is to be believed, he first laid eyes on Wendell in early 2005 at a Broward charity event. At that time, Rothstein's law firm had fewer than ten lawyers and wasn't much of a success. All Rothstein really had to impress anyone was his $2.5 million house on Castilla Isle, which he bought from Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams. And even that money wasn't his; he'd borrowed it from Ted Morse, his supposed good friend from the immensely wealthy car dealership family. Morse would continue to help Rothstein make his astonishing rise to power and riches during the next four years. 

Sources have told me that Rothstein in some way wrested Wendell away from Las Vegas prior to their engagement. A credible source told me that Wendell was dating a man in Vegas who owned a club of some sort. The source says that Rothstein was afraid that Kim's ex would seek physical revenge on him, so he hired an apparently low-rent bodyguard to stand out front of the Castilla home. The bodyguard sometimes slept on Rothstein's car in the driveway at night, said the source.  

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The day Rothstein proposed to Wendell, he invited a small crowd of people to Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale, where he dropped to one knee with a microphone in his hand and asked for her hand. The proposal was broadcast over the P.A. system, so the entire restaurant heard his words. After Wendell accepted the proposal, Rothstein looked out at the crowd and, with great emotion, addressed Ted Morse, calling him the brother he never had.

Rothstein and Wendell broke up at least once during the engagement in 2006. A source close to Rothstein at that time said he overheard Rothstein in his Bentley screaming at someone on the phone, calling the woman on the other end terrible names.

"Who was that?" the source says he asked Rothstein, who acted as if nothing unusual had occurred after loudly berating the woman. 

"Kim," he said matter-of-factly.

At that time, Wendell disappeared for about a month, allegedly off to North Carolina, before returning to Rothstein. When she returned, those around her noticed that she seemed to embrace her role as the future Mrs. Scott Rothstein like never before.

She was no longer Kim Wendell but Princess Kimberly, and soon her face was lighting up the pages of Fort Lauderdale's society publications.

Summer, for her part, lost touch with Kim and didn't know about any of it until I contacted her last week at her home in Los Angeles. She said she couldn't believe that her old friend -- the girl who was too sweet to be a successful stripper -- had risen to such a high profile in Fort Lauderdale. "Oh my gosh, I'm jealous," said Summer, who said she was living with a "dot-commer millionaire."

"She hit the jackpot."

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JJJ222@AOL.COM
JJJ222@AOL.COM

ONCE A WHORE ALWAYS A WHOREWHAT A PIG SHE ISSHE WAS NOT HIRED TO SELL PEPSI AT THE SOUTH FLORIDA FAIR THE CAME A LAWYER WHO SAT DOWN SIDE HER....

SHE IS THE MISSING LINK IN THE GENETIC CHAIN

JJJ222@AOL.COM
JJJ222@AOL.COM

KIM WAS A CARNIE AT THE SOUTH FLORIDA FAIR BUT SHE GOT FIRE FOR BLOWING THE GUY WHO CLEANED UP THE TRASH.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Kim is a hooker. Come on She is even worse than her ugly husband.

Stephenie Casella
Stephenie Casella

Between my wife and I we've attempted more ways over the years than I can remember, such as high fertility positions, hormone improvements, various times of the month, etc. But, the last couple of years I've pinned it down to one kind of treatment. Why? Because I was happy to discover how effective the results were.

Anonymous
Anonymous

@ Inthenameof truth

Have you ever considered that maybe this is her karmic payback for the horrible way she's treated others? Sure, gossip mongers are having a feeding frenzy with this story but,in the end, she's right where she's meant to be learning the lessons she's meant to learn. Hopefully she will become a better person from it.

Can your hear me now?
Can your hear me now?

Christy.

I have opened a Scott Rothstein store on my blog. ALL OF THE PROCEEDS go to benefit Women in Distress.

I MAKE NOTHING FROM THIS EFFORT.

I won't post the URL. Keep the nippers from biting me in the ankle.

Lots of products now. More coming...

Buy something. Wear or use it proudly. Help support a great cause.

It's a win win for everyone. Well almost everyone...

kevink
kevink

kr is not ugly. she was very pretty before sr and she still is. in person she is an attractive girl. she looks much better in person than in the pics you see. if you do not like her type/look or just hate women with implants- that is your right, but looks really are not her issue.

i knew her during the summer days and she was nice. she may have known sr was up to no good, but there is a high probability he shut her out of the details of his crimes. if sr could trick heavy hitters like bekkedam, levin, s. levy, and von allmon etc there is no reason to believe kr would know what was behind the curtain of his scheme. i am sure he would say run along honey while the boys talk shop etc. there are plenty of easy shots to take at kr, but calling her ugly and saying she knew and/or is to blame for sr's crimes is off base.

i admit i could be wrong and she could be knee deep in the scheme- but i doubt it very seriously.

Christy
Christy

I have an idea.Is anyone in the printing business? We need Anti-Rothstein and Anti-Crist , Adderley, etc. Bumper stickers made.We need volunteers to hand them out. Anyone have any catchy bumper sticker ideas?

Can your hear me now?
Can your hear me now?

@Fly on the wall.

Does your cell phone plan have unlimited minutes for self absortion and whining?

fly_on_the_wall
fly_on_the_wall

P.S.

Don't send anything to the referenced gmail.SOMEONE hijacked it in the lsat 10 minutes.

Be well all.

Barnum & Bailey
Barnum & Bailey

@Gimme a Break

"Kim is a disgusting trapeeze whore..."

Hey, we are always looking at new circus acts. Any chance she will go "dance" with my new elephants? My horses need a workout.

Gimme a Break
Gimme a Break

@ Gsays 6:04

Whew, that was a mouthful. Speaking of mouthfuls, I see you finally took Adderley's dick out of your mouth. I heard you got your training from KR's new 10 step video series. Speaking of steps, are you still going to your SA meetings? I hope you are getting honest about all the masturbation you are doing.

Kim is a disgusting trapeeze whore who sold her soul and freedom for money. I heard she looks like Godzilla without her makeup first thing in the morning. Speaking of Godzilla.......

fly_on_the_wall
fly_on_the_wall

It is a shame that this blog has turned into a fascination with KR's plastic body parts and a venue for cerififed genius to plug his web wonderland.

Thanks for the intel/research Torts.

lhproducts gmail

Anonymous
Anonymous

are there any other names that "Summer" goes by?

bystander
bystander

Don't remember seeing this New Times restaurant review posted before. If it was, my apologies.

Bova Prime 401 E. Las Olas Blvd.Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 954-765-1131 Website Tony and Laurie Bova, the pair responsible for the superlative Bova in Boca, have teamed up with partners to bring the Bova brand to Lauderdale, serving a nearly identical menu of Nuevo Italian specialties based on the grill with the addition of dry-aged steaks and real Kobe beef imported from Japan. The reason you�ll spot so many high rollers at Bova Prime is that such luxe doesn�t come cheap. Still, it�s worth shelling out for sigh-inducingly decadent baby grilled artichokes with lemon and rosemary or snapper so fresh-tasting that you�d swear the Atlantic Ocean ran right through Bova�s kitchens. One thing you can say for rich Republican lawyers is that they appreciate good food; for as long as we can afford it, the rest of us can hang on for the ride. - Gail Shepherd Full Review: Bova Prime (12-04-08)Best Of 2009: Best MartiniBest Of 2009: Best Appetizer

SOUSA
SOUSA

JOHN TIMONEY HAS BEEN APPOINTED THE NEXT CHIEF FLPD...

no more Kimmee
no more Kimmee

ug i cant look at these pics of Kim any more- lets move on to something of interest other than her tits and sorid past- where the hell did they hide all the millions and does the FBI know? where r his parents- has anyone had a DV spotting??

Sully
Sully

Speaking of Ritter, she was at RRA at least once not too long ago. What was that about?

WiccaWacko
WiccaWacko

@ 6:04pm above: OMG- Did KR just put a hex on all of us???

Gsays
Gsays

To ALL of you foul mouth disgustings pigs:

You are either married to some fat nagging wife who you dispise or you are fat and married to some fat pig of a husband who cheats on you and your life is miserable. Whatever your gender is, bottom line you all are just a vile speciment of a human being.

Just take a look at yourself in the mirror and you should see the devil looking back at you.

So go on with all your disgusting rants about KR and may your wife/daughters/mother/sisters...husband/daughters/mother/sisters be blessed with all the nasty things you are blogging about KR. May they all receive your Karma.....And yes one of these days/weeks/years/you all will get it back.

Keep up the good work you all should be very proud of yourselves. I feel sorry for you all.............

Lay Off Chaz
Lay Off Chaz

Chaz- any chance you can help Borward with the Ritter problem?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Well Spiro Agnew said there was going to be an announcement today at 4:00 PM. Nada. Nothing. Zip. Nothing new on Local News....I will say it again. Kim and her New Age Mom doing spells on Scotty and God only knows what other targets...have some serious $$$$ stashed. As per the Fed's they are going for the Big Fish. The guppies playing in the pond with the Groupers are just bait they prob aren't that focused on.

to:Are you kidding?
to:Are you kidding?

now this is the type of stuff anyone with 1/2 a brain would like to read and know about on this blog- what can u tell us- how deep does this go- who will be charged--who will "get away with "I had no idea?" how far are the feds willing to look the other way at the inner scrotum to get the "big guys"- will addreely really be staying in his position- who was Pearson in all this? is LEvin and Bankers first arrests after new year? just give us ur best guess! Thank u for posting something FINALLY intelligent on this particular blog! :)

Jets Fan
Jets Fan

Are you kidding, have to talked to the feds yet?

Chaz Stevens
Chaz Stevens

I got 35 pages of Form 6/9 filed by Seiler. I reviewed them and couldn't find anything of interest.

They're on the blog for your reading enjoyment. Maybe someone will pick up something...

I did notice Seiler owned the Broward Pet Cemetary.

Chaz Stevens, GeniusMyActsOfSedition.com

Inside Info
Inside Info

Are you kidding? says: (4:59)

I just love it when bloggers kiss and make up.

But WOW, you got major inside info! If you were privi to all this Ponzi info, kindly contact Bob Norman ASAP.

We need new stuff!!!

Another Jewish Fraud Convictio
Another Jewish Fraud Convictio

LOS ANGELES�The head of an Orthodox Jewish group has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for a decade-long tax fraud and money laundering scheme.

Naftali Tzi Weisz (naf-tall'-ee zee why-z) was sentenced Monday by a federal judge in Los Angeles. The 61-year-old, who ran a New York-based Orthodox Jewish group called Spinka, had pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in August.

He could have received up to five years in prison.

Prosecutors say Weisz and others helped donors avoid paying federal income taxes by having them make tax-deductible contributions to charitable groups run by Spinka.

Several others, who also have pleaded guilty to conspiracy, are awaiting sentencing. Weisz's assistant pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Farts A Lot
Farts A Lot

Do you think Kim would go out with me?

Or maybe one of the Bova gitls!

Lord of the Blings
Lord of the Blings

Kim use to address SR as Your Horneyness but I heard he and she was ac-dc. One of the Bova wait staff told me some stories.

The REAL hmmm
The REAL hmmm

@ Godfather 3:@Torts102@G3@Kevin

etc

Where is?

and the others on the "Cheese List" who had stuff to contribute. Their posts are few and far between.

Posted On: Monday, Dec. 21 2009 @ 12:57PM

****I check in a couple times a day, Scroll thru... Have few things to say -have not shot my load as CV says ;) - but generally refrain due to juvenile redundancy that you all have elaborated on above.

With all the crappola and anonymice it is not worth letting out the backround details & insider info for the more serious and interested in this case.

I REALLY wish each IP could only log in under one name and that you had to pick a name, any name! - I really don't understand why it's such an issue?!

And while I'm ranting...could we get a 'sort' button or something? That way we could get thru the BS posters and focus on the interesting comments from the 'locals' on the blog that mostly have good info....

@ VSPosted On: Monday, Dec. 21 2009 @ 4:10PMThis story is going to take months, if not years, to uncover.

****If people only knew just how fast this thing really imploded. I for one am floored by the hyper speed Karma is working in re:SR and his evil...

Thanks for having me and keep up the good work!

Are you kidding?
Are you kidding?

@ Defending Kim 3:35

Thank you for apologizing. I, too, apologize for the over the top comment.

You may be a close friend of Kim or perhaps even a family member. If that is the case, I would like to enlighten you as to why the negative attitude towards Kim exists. Also, I want to tell you I disagree with your statement, "What happened to Kim could happened to anyone we love."

I am a finance director for a major corporation. In the course of my business I have been privy to first hand accounts of the entire Rothstein Ponzi and other associated doings. As to who or what Kim was before 2007, I could care less. Intelligent, stupid, determined, stripper, good hearted, selfish, in love, gold digger - none of this matters to me.

What does matter is Kim's knowledge, actions, character and complicity in Scott's business since just before they got married. All my factual information and instincts tell me that Kim eventually became aware of felony activity, benefitted by that activity, perpetuated that activity, was knowingly used to further the activity and made attempts to distribute and hide assets immediately before and after Scott left for Morocco and after he was arrested.

I have also heard about sexual activity, back stabbing and self preservation tactics used by Kim for various self serving reasons.

How am I and the citizens of South Florida supposed to reconcile all that against claims that Kim is an innocent victim? We can't.

First take the simple fact that Rothstein perpetrated one of the most notorious crimes in South Florida history with tentacles immersed with the corruption in law enforcement, politics and the judiciary. Then add the fact that Kim's homes, boats, cars, jewelry, vacations, and lifestyle were financed by those crimes. Finally, factor in the economic times we live in and how that has affected peoples lives and attitudes.

The result is incontrovertible. Kim Rothstein is a despised figure in South Florida. We may think entertainment, athletic and business icons are disproportionately overpaid. But we will still cheer for them in the theatre, at the stadium. During the great depression many of these types were revered. But when people live a fraudulent life, citizens have a way of getting on their hind legs and voicing their outrage.

Like Adderley and Tiger Woods, Kim has a PR problem. Remaining in the home, having a bodyguard, and driving the car does not help. I do not expert her to come forward, hold a press conference and apologize. But for people to stand up and try to paint a picture of Kim as a victim is absurd.

So I now hope you understand. Do not be blinded by your affection for Kim. She is not an entirely innocent victim and that fact is incontrovertible.

Don Barzini
Don Barzini

Methinks that Pulp is saving the really good stuff for publication in his upcoming book. Why put them up here for the Sentinel and other rags to feast on for gratis.

Go get em Pulp.

Anonymous
Anonymous

@ This is a Pathetic Group of Vile Posters

Scott almost certainly is guilty of an incredible crime of fraud and theft, and became an arrogant power-seeker who brought down everyone close to him; what exactly did Kim do to justify the personal attacks and anonymous glee at her humiliation?

*************She was guilty of stepping on too many people on the way up, and I'm sure you've heard what comes of that.

Steve-O
Steve-O

These last posts on Kimmie have been very eye-opening and at least forced me to reassess my opinions on her. By all indications from the people who knew her pre-SR, she was indeed a nice person whose good looks caused immediate attractions to those around her. However, at some point(s) it became clear that she sold her soul to the insane blinginess of the SR Carnival of Souls. I can't say I wouldn't do the same if I was a 5-foot blond with big fake tits.

Charley Varrick
Charley Varrick

From today's South Florida Business Journal

"Meanwhile, Bob Norman, author of the Broward-Palm Beach New Times Daily Pulp blog, is posting more apparent chapters of his expected book on Rothstein. One of the latest installments is an interview with a former roommate of Rothstein's wife, Kim Rothstein (n�Wendell)."

Borders here I come.

Charley

Anonymous
Anonymous

pppplllllllleeeeeaaaaaaaassssssssseeeeeeeeee post a new blog- this is childish and a waste of any intelligent mind!

Ho Ho Ho
Ho Ho Ho

My name is Santa and I'm lookin for some Ho Ho Hos - Kimmie, Bova whatever.

This is a Pathetic Group of Vi
This is a Pathetic Group of Vi

This writer and regular posters to this blog are below TMZ in their humanity and integrity.

Scott almost certainly is guilty of an incredible crime of fraud and theft, and became an arrogant power-seeker who brought down everyone close to him; what exactly did Kim do to justify the personal attacks and anonymous glee at her humiliation?

Is she prettier than most of your wives and yourselves, that you have to cut her down to feel better about your own existence?

I never met Kim, and haven't spoken to Rothstein in decades, but the debased nature of this digital mob, laced with anti-Jewish trolls, is turning both of them into sympathetic characters.

And for what it's worth, I'd bet the house that Rothstein could kick any of your asses, and will survive just fine in prison. There isn't one loud-mouthed blowhard on this site attacking his courage who could beat him.

But then again, you know more than I do, because you're fueled on gossip and petty self-righteousness, while I only have first-hand observation to go on.

Anonymous
Anonymous

@ LA Summer

Anonymice quit playing and pick a name and stick to it. Your MPD is showing

Charley Varrick
Charley Varrick

Meanwhile ....

Fort Lauderdale - Suspended Broward School Board member Beverly Gallagher formally pleaded not guilty to public corruption charges Monday in federal court.

Gallagher, 51, of Pembroke Pines, is accused of taking money in exchange for doing favors for people she thought were developers who wanted to get construction contracts from the school district. A grand jury indicted her last week on five counts of honest services fraud, one count of extortion and one count of bribery.

Outside court, her attorney Dave Bogenschutz said he will continue to try negotiate a plea agreement with federal prosecutors but said one sticking point so far is Gallagher's reluctance to plead guilty to the honest services charges.

"I don't think she could ever plead to that or would ever plead to that," Bogenschutz said, adding that Gallagher disputes some elements of the charges prosecutors have filed against her. Still, a negotiated plea agreement is always possible, he said

Bogenschutz must be a happy camper these days with clients lining up outside his office as if its the post Thanksgiving sales.

From A Moron, Jr.
From A Moron, Jr.

Yeah....who cares if BSO & FLPD were lookouts and bodyguards at cokefests?

Who cares if the Bova SerHors were used to 'pay' politicians, cops & bigwigs with sex & dope?Who cares if the Bova SerHors were used to manipulate, cajole, entice or extort Scotty's "investors."

Who cares if Scottie hired law enforcement agents who had recently shut-down Cheetah Hallandale, whose champagne room tapes are mysteriously missing?

Who cares if Adderly spent every waking moment mooching at Bova?

Who cares if Kim was held out by the local media and local politicians to be a paragon of philanthrophy util it turned out she was just another depraved South Florida coke-whore?

I do.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Kevin K is 100% right....as usual.

TICK TOCK TICK TOCK MUTHAF'ERS.... : )

It's only a matter of time now.

Once the big sweep hits, the weak, and God Knows there are weak players out of their league here, will start to sing like canaries and the snowball will continue to pick up mass, volume and speed as it rolls downhill towards a piece of the top tier.

Avalanche...

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