By John Clark
A mother who gained fame during the height of the Occupy Wall Street movement who left her four children in Florida to join protestors in New York has agreed to a divorce from her banker husband, according to a New York Magazine report.
Sources say that 39-year-old Stacey Hessler was the target of a vast amount of media attention after admitting that she had left her four children, who were between the ages of eight and 18, to join the New York protestors in Zuccoti Park.
In fact, she took her role as a protestor so seriously that she reportedly listed her occupation as “protestor” and her employer as “Occupy Wall Street” in official court papers, according to sources.
To add more intrigue to the sordid affair, Hessler’s husband, Curtiss, who stayed behind in Florida and cared for their four children while his wife joined the protestors, is a former financial advisor at Bank of America.
This might have caused a bit of awkwardness in the marriage, as the Occupy movement targeted most of its anger at the large banks, including Bank of America, headquartered in Manhattan. This was likely one of the reasons why the couple told the court their marriage was “irretrievably broken.”
But sources note that Hessler will now be walking away with some of her husband’s cash. Sources say the couple’s final divorce settlement, which was finalized earlier this month, gives Hessler a total of $85,385.
This represents a very significant amount of money for her husband, who, despite his role as a financial advisor, currently earns a relatively modest $65,000 annual salary.
The divorce brings an end to a 19-year marriage, and suggests that Hessler may have had a rapid change of heart when she left her family to join the New York-based protest movement.
Today, Hessler remains in New York, and sources say she was recently seen protesting in front of a branch of Wells Fargo in Manhattan’s Financial District.
Sources also note that Hessler’s husband will retain primary custody of their children, which is probably a wise decision, as far as everyone’s interests are concerned.
Hessler summed up her strange decision during an interview with a local reporter last year. When asked why she left her comfortable Florida suburb for the life of a protestor, Hessler said: “Military people leave their families all the time, so why should I feel bad? I’m fighting for a better world.”