The Porn Star Next Door

Wendy Iwanow says she just wanted to help revitalize her new home. So why did her neighbors run her out of town?

Then came the mango tree. Iwanow says that mangoes from a tree growing in the yard of Fred and Cynthia Stubbs, her neighbors to the south, were dropping into her driveway and hitting and denting hers and her boyfriend's cars on the way down. She says she left a note for the Stubbses informing them of the dents in her car and asking them to trim the tree. "[Fred Stubbs'] initial response was to cuss me out and say that he wasn't going to fix anything," Iwanow says. So she says she hired landscapers to climb the tree and trim the limbs one day while he was at work.

But there seems to be some confusion about how they met, on both Iwanow's and the Stubbses' part. In a November 18, 2001, story in the Palm Beach Post, Iwanow claims that when she first met Fred Stubbs, she extended her hand to him and introduced herself. "He said, 'I don't shake hands with the blond-haired, blue-eyed devil,'" she said. In the same story, Stubbs' account of their meeting is markedly different. He says that the first words he ever heard Iwanow say was a chain of expletives about how his hibiscus bushes were scratching her car when she pulled in her driveway. "I couldn't believe it," Stubbs told the Post. "I said, trying to be neighborly, 'Listen, if these hedges are on your side, you can trim them... She butchered them. I was upset. I told her, 'They'll grow back, but please don't touch them again.'"

When reached at home, Cynthia Stubbs referred to Iwanow as a "drama queen." Stubbs, a middle-aged black woman with long braids and expressive mannerisms, says she feared for her and her family's safety while Iwanow lived next door to them. "People called me, threatening me, claiming to be her bodyguard," Stubbs says. "She has caused so much trauma to this neighborhood. Don't you think this neighborhood has had enough of her? The police don't even patrol this area anymore. We don't need any more of this." Stubbs then refused to comment further on the dispute.

Colby Katz
Iwanow hopes to spend more time working in the garden (above) after leaving a career in porn behind (inset pictures)
Iwanow hopes to spend more time working in the garden (above) after leaving a career in porn behind (inset pictures)

After the mango-tree and hibiscus-bush flare-ups, bad feelings between the neighbors continued to grow. Iwanow says that soon after they began quarreling about the mango tree, she asked Fred Stubbs to remove a section of his retaining wall that she claimed was over the property line and blocking a portion of her driveway. Stubbs refused to remove the section of the wall, so Iwanow had it removed. When Stubbs saw what had been done, he called the police and asked them to arrest Iwanow for vandalism. They didn't. A few weeks later, during the night, Stubbs rebuilt the wall. The next morning, unaware that the wall had been rebuilt, Iwanow hit it as she backed her car out of her driveway. When she saw how much damage had been done to her car, she called the police to file an incident report. With the officers standing there, Iwanow took a sledgehammer to the retaining wall, knocking the offending section down again. "That went on probably seven times," Iwanow recalls. "He'd rebuild it, and I'd knock it down."

Then in January 2001, an anonymous complaint was made to Palm Beach County Commissioners alleging that a woman named Bianca Trump was running a pornographic website out of her home without a business permit. The Northwood Hills neighbors found out about the complaint; Iwanow was outed as a porn star. True enough, there were web cameras installed throughout the house to broadcast explicit images of her to her adult entertainment website. City code officers later decided that her business was not illegal because she sent the images directly to a server in Los Angeles and was not doing business in the area. But by then, the public relations damage had been done. Armed with the knowledge that Iwanow was a sex worker, the neighbors' comments became more pointed.

"They used to leave Jesus pamphlets and statues on my car," Iwanow says. "They called me the devil, a witch, a slut, and they always called me 'cracker.' A few times, they had Reverend [Thomas] Masters come out on Sunday morning, and they held a church service right in front of my house. They had, like, 40 people standing out there, screaming, doing all their Baptist, Holy Ghost-ing shit."

Masters, pastor of the New Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Riviera Beach and brother-in-law to Washington, D.C.,'s former mayor Marion Barry, insisted to New Timesthat no such thing ever occurred. "I never got involved and was never asked to be involved in that," Masters says. "I never mediated, never negotiated, never had a prayer meeting, never been in anyone's house, never been in front of anyone's house, never, never, never. I don't know why she's saying that I did. I have no dog in this fight, no stake in this sand. My name stays best if I stay out of this mess."

Iwanow believes the Stubbses were behind the religious efforts; Masters insists that the Stubbses are not even members of his congregation. Another former neighbor of Iwanow's, Shantelle Ulmer, told New Times that she regularly attends Masters' church, though Masters says that he also doesn't know her. But it was when Ulmer moved into the house diagonally across the street from Iwanow's that the neighborhood confrontations seemed to take on a particularly unholy tone. Ulmer, a 36-year-old single mother with three children ages 17, 13, and 5, now lives in a house the Stubbses own in Boynton Beach. She was receiving Section 8 housing assistance when she lived in Northwood Hills but lost the assistance because of the publicity and police reports filed during the conflict with Iwanow.

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