Lisa Taylor, Ian Martin, Lawyers, in Gwinnett County, Georgia, Divorce Court
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By Art Harris, The Bald Truth, (c) www.artharris.com, all rights reserved
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., June 25â€” She wore a white linen pantsuit to divorce court Wednesday in these toney Republican surburbs outside Atlanta, sitting as far away from her soon to be ex-husband as possible, a former career Penthouse centerfold-turned porn star known as the notorious “Mansion Madam.”
Earlier this year, Lisa Taylor, aka Melissa Wolf, drew seven years probation and a $150,000 fine after pleading guilty to prostitution and running, well, a brothel in the â€˜burbs, joining a list of commercial sex queens garnering an orgy of headlines in America’s season of scandal.
Still blond and feisty at 43, Taylor helped her lawyer carry boxes of financial records to the third floor of Gwinnett County Superior Court Wednesday, testing the patience of no-nonesense Judge Richard T. Winegarden with the petty wrangling of a couple long out of love.
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“This is a divorce, isn’t it? Aren’t they allowed to have each other’s financial information?” he deadpanned, throwing up hands in frustration over the madam and her X-man, Ian Martin, 49, a Canadian engineer turned male stripper who co-stars in Lisa’s adult videos and lives in a second Hall County house they own together after filing bankruptcy.
Dressed conservatively in slacks and button down shirt, Martin sat across the room and, like Lisa, never did testify, or look her way. She remains convinced he ratted her out to District Attorney Danny Porter, dragged out the divorce to curry favor with the law and insure his green card.
He denies it, and in an exclusive interview with The Bald Truth, Martin says Porter did indeed interview him about his wife, but insists Lisa had already been nailed by wiretaps and witnesses, including sidekick Nicole Probert, aka “Naughty Nikki.” Prostitution and drug charges were dropped against Probert for cooperating in the investigation, said Porter.
“I wasn’t involved in the criminal aspect of anything,” Martin tells me in an exclusive interview. “I wish Lisa the best of everything.”
He’s asking for alimony and the Hall County house they own together estimated to be worth about $150,000.
In court, his attorney, Jeff Sliz, bearded, bald and brave enough to sport an earring in Bud Light Land, did argue that despite declaring bankruptcy, Martin wanted to pay monthly on that house, but fell behind because Taylor refused to share how much he owed each month.
“He knows the amount,” scoffed lawyer John Strauss, mocking that spin.
“Are you asking for attorney’s fees?” asked the judge, his frustration over the love deadlock palpable with a jammed docket of cases begging for attention.
To avert smackdown, the lawyers asked for a break to seek compromise in the halls, while Judge Winegarden listened to locals asking to change their names, including one man who struggled to pronounce the four word moniker he was requesting.
“Can you repeat the four names you want?” asked the judge.
“I only want one name,” said the man.
“If you have a name with four words, we call it four names,” said the judge, as the man read from a piece of paper. It sounded Arabic, and the petitioner conceded he didn’t know what the names meant. “My wife picked it out,” he shrugged with a grin.
Then the fueding couple were back, with attorneys asking the judge for a two hour block of time to come back with final proposals to finalize the big D, number three for Taylor.
Complicating matters, Taylor’s lawyer said Lisa had been unable to find steady work, making finances a strain, though she’s said previously she socked away money over the years to buy property in Canada and the states, and that things could always be worse at upscale Sugarloaf Country Club Estates.
After all, she’s still young, making friends with soccer moms at her gym, Fit For Life, and living in a $1.2 million mansion overlooking a rolling golf course; potential buyers are starting to come around, and make offers, she says.
At the same time, former clients appear to be almost out of the woods as well, with the DA targeting one last, unlucky customer from her little black book, an Emory University urologist sources tell me dropped a goodie bag of Viagra at the mansion after he was caught on a police wiretap of her phone praising Taylor’s skills. The doc was said to have requested regular sessions, but advised his pricey neighborhood Geisha he had to be cautious; he didn’t want to get busted by his wife.