Slumlord accused of throwing mattress at wife, kicking her out

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    Slumlord accused of throwing mattress at wife, kicking her out
    By Julia Marsh
    August 2, 2017 | 7:15pm

    A Brooklyn man may have just moved form the “worst landlords” list to the worst husbands list.

    Ephraim Fruchthandler, the scion of a multimillion-dollar real estate fortune, has been slapped with a restraining order by a judge for allegedly lunging at his wife outside their Midwood mansion and then shoving her with a mattress inside their home.

    Last year, Fruchthandler kicked his wife of 30 years, Leah Fruchthanlder, out of their “luxurious, newly renovated 11-bedroom marital residence” after an argument during Passover, according to a ruling by Brooklyn Family Court Justice Javier Vargas.

    When the mother of eight returned home in August 2016 she got into another fight with her husband.

    Their outdoor surveillance camera shows Leah, 51, “gesticulating and speaking emphatically in [her] husband’s face,” then Ephraim, 52, “lunges toward [his] wife and appears to yell in her face, frightening her enough to make her take a few steps backwards,” according to the ruling.

    A few days later the couple started arguing again, this time over the volume on their bedroom TV.

    “Wife was reading Scriptures on her bed and husband wanted to watch television,” Judge Vargas wrote in court papers.

    The fight escalated and Ephraim, who weighs 215 pounds, threw a queen-size mattress against his 125-pound wife, the judge determined.

    He then used the mattress to shove his spouse out of their bedroom, according to the ruling.

    In the 14-page order, Judge Vargas notes that Leah reluctantly sought an order of protection against her husband because, as a member of the Orthodox Jewish community, “It’s very hard to speak out against authority figures.”

    She’s also suing him for divorce after allegedly finding “sexually explicit chatting and encounter” apps Just Hook Up and Zoosk on his Samsung smartphone.

    Ephraim works for his father Abraham Fruchthandler’s real estate company FBE Ltd., which has 25 million square feet of commercial space and 4,000 residential units in the city. The company is an investor in the Woolworth Building in Manhattan and Industry City in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood.

    He landed on Public Advocate Letitia James’ “worst landlords” list in 2015 for an E. 125th Street building that had over 400 building code violations.

    His attorney, Joseph De Simone, said his client denies acting violently toward his wife. They plan to appeal the restraining order.

    Her lawyer did not return requests for comment.

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