NEW YORK – A homeless man who was slapped with a $1 million lawsuit for hanging out in front of an upscale antique shop has an ex-wife who thought he was dead.
Elsie Sparks said she learned while watching "Live With Regis & Kelly" that Roger Greenlee was alive.
"It was bizarre. We were so flabbergasted," Sparks, 60, told the Daily News from her home in Simpsonville, S.C.
"Quite frankly, I thought he was dead," she said.
Greenlee was in the news because he spends his days camped in front of a Madison Avenue store belonging to antiques dealer Karl Kemp, who has sued Greenlee and three other homeless people. Kemp charges that their "anti-social" behavior is ruining his business.
Sparks said she last saw him in the late 1970s when he abandoned her and their two children, Dan, now 35, and Michelle, 41. She divorced him in 1986.
She said she was hurt to learn that Greenlee, 64, was not interested in reuniting with them.
Sparks described Greenlee as "almost a bipolar kind of personality," the News reported Monday.
"He doesn't put any stock in any kind of psychological training or psychiatry or anything like that," she told the newspaper.