JANICE SCHACTER Outside court yesterday.
A Manhattan judge has ordered the estranged wife of a prominent Manhattan attorney to stop bad-mouthing him to the media — for now.
Justice Laura Drager issued the temporary gag order against Janice Schacter after she refused to assure lawyers for her husband, Ira Schacter, that she would not give out sensitive financial information like his bank records or tax returns to the media.
Her high-powered hubby, who works at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, was upset about a recent story in The Post, where Janice accused him of blowing $215,000 on an engagement ring for his Playboy bunny girlfriend while refusing to pay for their teenaged daughter’s hearing aids.
“It was true. It was not a false statement,” Janice’s lawyer, Mickey Joseph, told the judge.
Schacter’s lawyer, Ashish Joshi, said, “This harassment has to stop.” “Every dollar Mr. Schacter spends on damage control is one dollar less for the children,” he said, adding that his client is worried that the bad publicity could cost him his job at the white-shoe firm.
Janice’s side, he said, hadn’t expressed any concern “about his career that supports them all.”
Joseph said his client did understand the possible financial ramifications, but has the right to speak her mind.
The judge ordered both sides to submit papers on the issue, and put the temporary gag order in place until she makes a permanent ruling.