New York—Maybe he couldn’t read her p-p-poker face? Hedge fund CEO Daniel Shak and his wife, professional poker player, Beth Shak, divorced three years ago, but now the well-heeled hubby is taking his ex back to court, claiming she hid a $1 million collection of more than 1,200 shoes from him.
And now he wants 35% of the shoe collection’s net worth.
According to an article in the New York Post, Beth said her ex-husband would have to be clueless not to notice she’s never shoeless.
“I’m shaking my head over this whole thing,” Beth said. “He is saying he didn’t know the closet in our master bedroom existed.”
However, Daniel Shak, 52, a sometime professional poker player himself, maintains he never knew about her shoe collection until last year.
“In the summer of 2011, Daniel became aware that Beth owned and failed to disclose an extensive . . . collection of Christian Louboutin shoes . . . and other high-end designer shoes and bags,” according to Daniel’s lawsuit. “Dan trusted his wife and was not inspecting his home to try to find inventory or ‘secret rooms.’”
1,200 Pairs: ‘I Need These Life A Hole in My Head’
While Daniel alleges that Beth kept her secret shoes in a closet in their $7.5 million apartment on Fifth Avenue, his suit was filed in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, where they also had a home.
Beth, 42, who has played in the World Series of Poker, has appeared on TV as much for her shoe collection as for her card playing. Her collection has been featured on MTV’s “Cribs,” “The Today Show,” “Fox News,” “Wendy William Show,” etc. mostly after she appeared in the film documentary “God Save My Shoes.”
Thierry Daher, the film’s producer, has said Beth’s is largest private collection of high heels–swag-heavy Hollywood stars notwithstanding.
In the documentary, Beth Shak permitted the filmmakers to explore her four closets—each protected by a digital lock—which contain her 1,200 shoes all size 7—about 700 of which are Christian Louboutins.
“Do I need these?” Beth Shak comments aloud in the film. “I need these like I need a hole in the head.” She also claims to have worn 300 of the pairs only once. “Another 200 I still haven’t worn.”
Daniel, who runs SHK Asset Management, told ABC News: “I take offense at her statement to other media outlets where she says I am claiming to have no knowledge of her master bathroom closet.”
While legal experts say that clothing, including shoes, usually isn’t considered part of a couple’s assets during a divorce, but given the high value of Beth’s collection that may be more debatable.
She could even call his bluff and hand over some of her used footwear to him, other legal experts speculated today.
One pump Daniel won’t be getting as part of any settlement? Beth’s tattoo of a Christian Louboutin stiletto, reportedly found on a private area of her body.