A former Playboy model who was Playboy's Miss November 1992 took a fatal leap off the 25th story balcony of her penthouse suite with her 7-year-old son in her arms. Police identified 47-year-old Stephanie Adams and her son Vincent after discovering their bodies Friday. Adams has spent the last several years mired in lawsuits, failed relationships, and custody battles over her son after separating from her estranged husband Charles Nicolai.
Adam's and Vincent's bodies were found on a second-story landing in the Gotham Hotel's rear courtyard. NYPD Chief of Manhattan Detectives William Aubrey said the pair checked into the hotel around 6 p.m. Thursday and leaped off the balcony around 8:15 a.m. Friday morning. "Early this morning investigators located an individual whose attention was drawn to that same second-floor area when he heard two loud noises," Aubrey said at a press conference Friday. "His attention was drawn to that and he discovered these two deceased individuals."
Wednesday, Adams appeared before a judge in a Manhattan Supreme Court to request that she be able to take her son to Europe where her boyfriend resides. The 47-year-old Nicolai's lawyer demanded that Adams turn over the child's passport and ultimately the judge sided with Nicolai and denied her request to leave the country with Vincent. A friend of the couple told The Post in March that visitation exchanges between the two parents were so toxic they were required to take place at the First Precinct in Tribeca. "It ensures no violence takes place," the friend said.
Nicolai is the owner of Wall Street Chiropractic & Wellness and Adam's used to handle the companies finances. Adam's filed for divorce from Nicolai in 2017 and was seeking child support. She also reportedly owed money to her lawyers. The New York Post's Richard Johnson interviewed Adams as recently as Thursday and she told him, "All I want to do is take my son and get away from this nightmare for a few days but they won't let me."