A former Playboy model killed herself and her 7-year-old son after jumping from a hotel in Midtown New York City on Friday morning.
The New York Post reports that 47-year-old Stephanie Adams jumped from the Gotham Hotel penthouse at 8:15 a.m. with her son, Vincent, amid an ongoing custody battle with her ex.
The mother-son pair was staying on the 25th floor of the hotel in a penthouse suite and were found on a second-floor courtyard landing, NYPD chief William Aubrey said during a press conference on Friday.
"Early this morning investigators located an individual whose attention was drawn to that same second-floor area when he heard two loud noises," Aubrey revealed, The Post reports. "His attention was drawn to that and he discovered these two deceased individuals."
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Adams was reportedly engaged in a fierce dispute with estranged husband Charles Nicolai, a chiropractor who owns Wall Street Chiropractic & Wellness.
Sources close to the couple said that things were so contentious between the former couple that they would meet at the First Precinct in Tribeca to hand over their son, ensuring that "no violence [took] place" during their meet-ups.
Nicolai's lawyer had recently told Adams that she needed to hand over Vincent's passport.
— Stephanie Adams (@stephanieadams) November 17, 2016
Back in 2016, Adams celebrated 24 years as a Playboy centerfold after first appearing at Miss November back in 1992. The Post reports that she came out as the magazine's first lesbian centerfold in 2003, despite later marrying a male investment banker and Nicolai.
Adams won $1.2 million after successfully suing the NYPD for a 2006 incident during which she was reportedly assaulted by a police officer who claimed that she had pulled a gun on him.
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