Bernie Came Up Short in the Bedroom: Book

Ponzi schemer wooed then scammed ex-mistress

By Xana O'Neill
|  Tuesday, Aug 18, 2009  |  Updated 9:45 AM PDT
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Bernard Madoff & His Victims

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An explosive new book that reveals the tawdry details of Madoff's sex life.

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Jailed scammer Bernie Madoff may have had an impressive bankroll -- but he came up short in bedroom, according to an explosive new book that reveals the tawdry details of his top-secret sex romps.

The con man's married mistress -- who swooned for the schemer before he swindled her out of her life savings -- details in a new book the pair's steamy romps in posh Manhattan hotels where they would share baths, smoke pot and down vodka during their hook-ups, the New York Daily News reported.

Sheryl Weinstein said Madoff swept her off her feet but she was not impressed by his performance in the bedroom -- and was shocked when the pair stripped down and had sex for the first time in late 1993, she revealed in her new tome "Madoff's Other Secret: Love, Money, Bernie and Me."

"...This man was not well-endowed," Weinstein said.

But Weinstein said she was wooed into bed by the schemer, whom she described as a "great kisser" who still managed to turn her on.

"When we made love, I was on fire," she said.

The two shared their first date in early 1993 at the Lowell, a hotel just blocks from Madoff's penthouse on the upper East Side. But it wasn't until later that year they slept together for the first time at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C., where they were in town for meetings, the News reported Weinstein wrote in the book.

The following day, Madoff seemed remorseful.

"So, now you know about me," he told her.

"I didn't seem to have a problem," she wrote.

Weinstein, still married to her hubby of 37 years, said she mentioned the affair to a few friends. They nicknamed him "Winky Dink" because he would always blink nervously when she was around, the News reported.

The pair split in 1994 when Madoff became concerned the affair would go public. The pair -- who have known each other for more than two decades -- remained friends and Weinstein said she would often phone him to thank Madoff for taking such good care of her investments.

She spoke to Madoff six months before the collapse of his billion-dollar Ponzi scheme.

Weinsten was one of nine victims who testified against Bernie in court, calling him "that terror, that monster, that horror, that beast." 

Her book is out on Aug. 25.

Bernie's wife, Ruth, said she had no knowledge of the affair. Madoff is serving 150 year sentence for running the scheme. 

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