Call it life imitating art.
As DealBook readers pointed out, the recent article about Steven Simkin, who wants to revise his 2006 divorce settlement with his former wife, Laura Blank, sounded eerily similar to an episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” the HBO series created by Larry David.
When Mr. Simkin and his ex-wife agreed split their assets, the largest chunk was invested with Bernard L. Madoff. At the time, Ms. Blank agreed to a cash settlement, but Mr. Simkin kept his investment with Mr. Madoff.
The investment became worthless when the Ponzi scheme collapsed in 2008, and he is now seeking to adjust the original divorce agreement.
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” offered a similar tale of woe in 2009 when George Costanza, in a “Seinfeld” reunion, lost millions of dollars in the Madoff fraud; his ex-wife, however, cashed out before the scheme fell apart.
But the similarities are merely coincidental. Mr. David was unfamiliar with Mr. Simkin, said a spokesman for HBO, Tobe Becker, and did not base the storyline on his tale.
In the TV series, George tried to recover the money he lost by reuniting with his wife. In the real world, Mr. Simkin is suing is former wife to try to recoup his losses.
Peter Lattman contributed reporting.