Homeowners group takes foreclosure action against ex-rapper Vanilla Ice
WEST PALM BEACH — Vanilla Ice, a 1990s one-hit wonder who is using homes in Wellington’s tony Versailles neighborhood as a backdrop for his nationally televised home improvement show, has been sued by the community for not paying assessments.
In a foreclosure lawsuit filed this week in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, the homeowners association claims Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, owes it about $4,100. The association filed a lien against him in May when it claimed he owed $2,800. That same month, Van Winkle, transferred the deed to the 5,000-square-foot house on Trianon Place to Van-Rap Ltd., a Texas-based company, county property records show.
Van Winkle, who still performs when he’s not renovating homes for The Vanilla Ice Project, his DIY Network show, said the homeowners association should be suing the company, not him.
“I’m not linked to that house in any way shape or form,” said Van Winkle, who sang his way into the hearts of many prepubescent girls with the hit “Ice, Ice, Baby”. “If you print that, you would be inaccurate.”