The highly respected lawyer and philanthropist was suspended from his license for secretly marrying Radiah Givens Nunez a former stripper or dancer in Jamaica, while still living with his first wife Theresa and their two daughters in Manhattan.
Last month, 56-year-old Joseph Rosenzweig was suspended for six months by the New York court system’s Departmental Disciplinary Committee on February 26 for bigamy, according to court documents.
Rosenzweig pledged to be:
“Honest, trustworthy, and not engage in any conduct that would reflect badly on myself or the profession.”
Rosenzweig was living a double a life, having married a prostitute, he gave her a credit card, set an allowance, and even paid all her bills and took lavish vacations with her. He cut off financial support to Nunez by April 2005, annulling his second marriage two years later.
“I wanted to demonstrate to her my commitment to her in terms of our relationship, and the way that I thought I could do that was by marrying her even though we both knew it was not a valid marriage,” said Rosenzweig.
He married Radiah in a secret ceremony at the Rockhouse Hotel in Negril, Jamaica, in 2004. Rosenzweig’s wife, Theresa, found out about his husband’s secret marriage when she received at their home the marriage license sent via FedEx from Jamaica.
According to New York Daily News the lawyer met Radiah at the New York Dolls strip club in July, 1995 and fell in love. He was 38 years old at the time, and she was 23. Radiah told him she had moved to NY from Colorado after receiving a scholarship from the Alvin Alley Dance Company, and that she was stripping to pay the bills.
“I fell in love with her, and I felt that she was in love with me,” Rosenzweig would say later.
Radiah Kumala Givens Nunez was born on December 20, 1972. She is a graduate of New York University with a degree in Humanities/Media Studies. According to the lawyer he said in the court docs that Radiah practiced Santeria.
“I wanted to demonstrate to her my commitment to her in terms of our relationship.” He’d been carrying on an affair with Nunez since the two met in a strip club a decade earlier. Rosenweig purchased an apartment for Nunez, paid her bills and gave her a monthly allowance, the court documents state.”
“In her apartment, she set up a “very large altar with all kinds of unusual things upon it” to practice Santeria, Rosenzweig said in the court documents.”
She is Founder, and Host Of The H2O Network en The H2O Network On Blogtalkradio, which seeks to explore and engage in truthful dialogue regarding human life and water, and is a grassroots radio station with over 177,000 thousand listeners from the United States to Asia. Radiah is co-host with Doc Be Sirius, on www.innerlightradio.com, and Infinite Waters with Ralph Okrafo- Smart out of the UK.
Radiah is currently working with CLBA, CLBA Community Farm Project, Adimu Network, and Eco-Lukumi Campaign. Personal assist to Oba Ernesto Pichardo.
Before that, according to LinkedIn, she was Social Media Specialist in Social Media House Keeping, Blogger in GovLoop.com, Social Media/ Marketing Intern in BET Interactive, Social Media Consultant in AstrologyOmniMedia, Social Media Ambassador for NYU in Social Media Campus.us, Marketing intern en TV Guide Online, Fitness Professional in David Barton Gym, Marketing Intern VZones.com in Stratagem Corp., and Intern in Steven Haller Galleries.
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