Former RHONY Star Husband Facing Possible Jail Time

Former RHONY star Jules Wainstein’s estranged ex-husband could face jail time over unpaid child support and other expenses totaling $135,000.

After being given two chances to pay the amount, Michael has to appear in court next month to have a hearing.

“You should be prepared with your defense,” Justice Michael Katz told Michael Wainstein at a hearing in Manhattan Supreme Court Thursday. “You’ve had two tries and I’m not convinced [you have] an ability to pay.”

Page Six reports that Jules’ lawyer, Allan Mayefsky, claims Michael is a mama’s boy, who spends his money on lavish trips to Florida instead of on his children.

“He comes up with money when he needs it for his own purposes,” Mayefsky said. “He flies to Florida, has all sorts of expenses, dines out. Recently he threw a birthday party for his son, which was very nice … I don’t deny that, but when can’t pay the court’s lawyers, one would think you had some priorities here.”

The justice wasn’t having any of Michael’s excuses.

“It is my observation that when it’s important for your client to come up with the money he’s able to come up with it. You say it’s from his parents but his parents give him money for the things that are important to him. He hasn’t demonstrated that complying with my orders is important to him.”

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  • Melanka Trump

    Oy vey !

  • Deb Brenn

    I’ve got no use for parents that don’t take care of their kids, but it does strike me that Jules was a crazy spender before the divorce and expected to remain so. He agreed to paying all housing, school, nanny, and $200 a week in food, and she expected $25,000 a month in addition to that. I kind of have to laugh that she expects all that, but thinks his dinners out and a few trips to Florida are the extreme wastes of money. And, yes, I know she only got awarded $10,000 a month, but I think they’re both idiots.

    • Bon Vivant

      $200 a week for food in Manhattan to feed a family of three and the nanny will not get you far, toilet paper at the cheapest Fairway in HARLEM will run you $8 on sale, can you imagine the costs in Jules’ neighborhood? Subsisting in a costlier area and needing keep Kosher on top will definitely cost more than that. That said, I hope they work it out and come to a place of compromise and (eventual) cordiality so it doesn’t affect the kids. None of these reality tv people ever appear to put the needs over their children over a need to publicly smear the other adult party in their failed relationships and “win” . Sad thing, that.