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?

Iwanow sold the Northwood Hills mansion on October 8, 2002, for $270,000, then nestled into the $125,000 Fort Pierce country home she bought with Ochs last year. She hoped to settle into a quiet life. But only a week after moving in, she and Ochs had already gotten into trouble. Iwanow called St. Lucie County deputies claiming that Ochs had attacked her. After arriving, officers decided not to arrest Ochs and wrote in the report that Iwanow and Ochs both sounded drunk. On October 22, 2002, a St. Lucie County Circuit Court issued Iwanow a temporary restraining order against Ochs. But the order was dropped when Iwanow failed to appear in court December 6. She says she was out of town that day and couldn't make it. But she also says she'd like to forget everything that's happened in the past few years. She wants to reinvent herself. The last two -- make that 12 -- years have been a crazy roller-coaster ride for Iwanow, and now she says she looks forward to just being normal. She wants to garden some more, make a few more repairs on her new home, and perfect her tattooing craft. But mostly, she wants to leave both Bianca Trump and Northwood Hills behind. "When I left there, it was my intention to just walk away and not have anything to do with this stuff again," Iwanow says. "I just want to move on and disassociate from it all."

But the real loser in this story isn't the beaten porn star, the angry neighbors, or the relocated mother on government assistance: It's Northwood Hills.

"In the beginning, my impressions of [Iwanow] were the same as everyone else's," says David Ortlieb, the Northwood Hills resident who worked with Iwanow on several neighborhood association projects. "She was working really hard. This neighborhood has gotten a lot better, and a lot of that is due to [Iwanow's] efforts." But Ortlieb says that today, many of Northwood's residents believe their community suffered under the negative publicity. "Things like that can polarize a community, and to a small extent, it did," Ortlieb says. "But we were frustrated by the news stories because now people think this is an area with racial strife. That was just one small pocket of controversy."

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