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Two years after making headlines telling police about a bloody run-in with a Miami Beach prostitute, the infomercial salesman behind the absorbent ShamWow towels has been named in a federal lawsuit for allegedly keeping a “love slave.”

Jenn Kosinski, a 23-year-old New York model, sued Offer Vince Shlomi for civil battery and unpaid wages, accusing the 46-year-old TV merchant of touching her inappropriately while she worked as his personal assistant for nearly a year.

Shlomi fired Kosinski, who served as his personal chaperone and red carpet escort, after she rejected his sexual advances for months, according to the Miami federal lawsuit assigned to U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro on April 1.

Her Miami lawyers at Schlesinger & Cotzen, Michael Schlesinger and Michael Cotzen, declined comment.

Shlomi retained Washington lawyer Joe Shull, a Venable partner, who also declined comment.

Kosinski, a thin brunette of Czech and Polish descent who left her Ohio hometown to launch her modeling career in New York, said she met Shlomi in Miami in 2009. He hired her that July to work part-time as a customer service representative for his Square One Entertainment.

As president of the Miami Beach company, Shlomi markets As Seen On TV products such as ShamWow towels and the Slap Chop food dicer.

Kosinski claims she agreed to work an hour a day responding to consumer e-mails from her New York apartment while seeking work through Muse Model Management.

When her lease expired in August and she ran out of cash, Shlomi more than doubled her monthly salary to $4,500 and offered free rent and groceries if she moved in with him at his Miami Beach condo, the lawsuit states.

She took the offer and became his full-time assistant, cleaning his condo and accompanying him to parties and events, but she claimed their relationship soured when her boss became possessive.

The lawsuit alleges Shlomi watched her through binoculars while she sunbathed on the beach, forced her to cut communication with friends, stalked her ex-boyfriend and offered her money to sleep in bed with him.

Kosinski also claims that when she sought to visit her cancer-stricken father in Ohio, Shlomi told her, “Why don‘t you just see him when he’s in the grave?”

She claims she protested his groping, hugging, massages and cheek kisses, and she was promptly fired after refusing to show him a text message she received at 5 a.m. on April 2, 2010.

The lawsuit lists one count of unpaid wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act against the company as well as civil battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims against Shlomi.

Shlomi was arrested in 2009 by Miami Beach police after leaving his room at The Setai hotel with blood on his face following a fight with a prostitute. Prosecutors filed no charges.

Jose Pagliery can be reached at (305) 347-6648.

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