Former Miami Beach extreme sports store owner Vanilla Ice, occasional TV home rehab guru and rapper of “Ice Ice Baby,” is in the sights of his soon-to-be-ex-wife’s lawyers after they filed court papers alleging he is shielding millions in assets from the divorce proceedings.
“He’s a gentleman, he’s not hiding anything,” said a source in Ice’s entourage who asked to remain anonymous because there’s a gag order in the case. “There’s not that much money to be had but the wife thinks there are millions.”
Still, motions in the divorce proceedings that started in late 2016, when Laura Van Winkle, his missus of 20 years, cited “irreconcilable differences” in her original filing, show Ice hasn’t been the most forthcoming with financial information.
The case was at a standstill for months as Ice, a.k.a. Rob Van Winkle, tried to convince his wife things weren’t that bad.
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But suddenly in late December, the case kicked into high gear with Laura’s claims that Ice, a former “Dancing With The Stars” contestant, has been hiding and moving assets to place them out of bounds once they divide up the marital goods.
As a result, records show her lawyers slapped liens on nine properties the rapper owns throughout the state, mostly in Sarasota and Palm Beach counties.
Combined, they’re worth more than $3 million. Ironically, the host of the DIY network’s wildly successful house-flipping series “The Vanilla Ice Project” may not be able to flip any of the real estate assets until the liens are removed.
A hearing is scheduled for later this year to straighten it all out.