ShamWow Vince Shlomi ‘Slap-Chops’ hooker

Mug shot photos are on The Smoking Gun

Vince Shlomi is a much better salesman than Billy Mays. Billy Mays screams through the entire Oxiclean and Mighty Mend It commercials, as if he’s that obnoxious drunk trying to win the argument by sheer volume. Vince Shlomi has a much softer voice, accented by what to my ears sounded like a cute New York accent. Vince’s biggest commercial is for ShamWow, the incredible piece of cloth that can pretty much absorb whatever liquid is spilled. Vince also has another product he’s just started to shill – the Slap-Chop, a little tool you can use to cut everything from vegetables to… I don’t know, more vegetables?

Anyway, Vince is in a bit of trouble. He was in Miami, partying at a club. He picked up a prostitute named Sasha Harris, and paid her $1000 to go back to his hotel room for “straight sex”. Once in the hotel room, Vince tried to kiss Sasha. Sasha then bit down on Vince’s tongue and wouldn’t release it. Vince then punched Sasha several times until she let go. Both were injured in the incident, and both were arrested. The Smoking Gun has more:

Meet Vince Shlomi. He’s probably better known to you as the ShamWow Guy, the ubiquitous television pitchman who has been phenomenally successful peddling absorbent towels and food choppers. Shlomi, 44, was arrested last month on a felony battery charge following a violent confrontation with a prostitute in his South Beach hotel room.

According to an arrest affidavit, Shlomi met Sasha Harris, 26, at a Miami Beach nightclub on February 7 and subsequently retired with her to his $750 room at the lavish Setai hotel. Shlomi told cops he paid Harris about $1000 in cash after she “propositioned him for straight sex.”

Shlomi said that when he kissed Harris, she suddenly “bit his tongue and would not let go.” Shlomi then punched Harris several times until she released his tongue. The affidavit notes that during the 4 AM fight Harris sustained facial fractures and lacerations all over her face. After freeing his tongue, a bleeding Shlomi ran to the Setai lobby, where security summoned cops.

Harris refused to cooperate with officers, who recovered $930 from her purse. “Both parties had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from their persons,” police reported.

In a brief telephone interview, Harris declined to answer TSG questions about her run-in with Shlomi, though she did say she is considering a lawsuit against the pitchman. Asked if she worked as a hooker, Harris declined comment.

[Shlomi] was also injured during the fracas and, court records show, was treated at Mount Sinai Medical Center. While Shlomi and Harris were both arrested for felony aggravated battery, prosecutors this month declined to file formal charges against the combatants. Police records list Shlomi’s occupation as “Marketing,” but make no mention of his affiliation with the ShamWow or the Slap Chop, both of which sell for $19.95 (plus shipping and handling).

From The Smoking Gun

Many people have been making jokes about this whole incident. Some are funny, some not so much. Something about “slap-chopping” a hooker, or ShamWowing all of the blood. What in the world were both of them thinking? I thought men weren’t allowed to kiss hookers on the mouth? And why in the world would the hooker try to bite his tongue off? It all just seems rather sad.

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  1. jessica says:


  2. photo jojo says:

    This is my favorite story of the day!

  3. GuyIncognito says:

    Are Sham-Wows good for cleaning up blood?

  4. boomchakaboom says:


  5. Kimble says:

    The pictures of this woman’s injuries show them to be a lot worse than Rihanna’s and yet this incident is something to be laughed at?

    The whole “biting of the tongue” sounds a bit strange, doesn’t it? And what about no provocation is enough for a man to beat a woman to a pulp?

    This woman’s injuries look a little more than this bloke just trying to defend himself!

    If Chris Brown is “let off” because Rihanna somehow provoked him, I assume the people who are laughing at this incident are going to be laughing at that one too?

    Or is there there somehow a difference between a pop princess and a $1k hooker?

    Personally, I don’t think this incident is funny and I don’t see the difference between a pop princess and a hooker!

  6. bros says:

    are you kidding? if somebody bit down on my tongue and wouldnt let go, I would sure as heck punch and kick and scratch until they did.

    I think this was a set up. Billy Mays paid the hooker to pick Vince up, get him back to a hotel room and try to injure Vince’s money-maker-his tongue! if vince can’t shill products with his cute talking because he has half a tongue, Mays gets more work.

    that’s my (joking) theory.

  7. AlaskaJoey says:

    Notice how Billy Mays has no time to be beating up hookers- he’s busy working! And if he did get a hooker, he’d try to sell her a Big City Slider Station. Vince needs to have more products to shill, then he’d have less time to get in trouble.

  8. Tony says:

    Funny story. Thanks!

  9. yadira says:

    This guy is 44?! I thought he was like 16 or something.

  10. boomchakaboom says:

    I guess he never watched Pretty Woman. Hookers don’t like kissing. Man, that must have hurt.

  11. HEB says:

    Yeah we were more concerned that he’s 44 years old, than we were about him slapping a hooker

  12. Harper says:

    Ha! I have no idea who this guys is, but I had to read the story just because I could not for the life of me understand the title! Honestly, if you’ve no idea who Shamwow and Vince Shlomi are, it reads like a tongue-twister. Excellent.

  13. dinotopia says:

    we’re castigating him but not her? she bit the sh*t out of his tongue. the only reason he didn’t get stitches is cause the tongue heals fast. yes, of course her injuries are worse – he’s bigger than she is. but if we as a society are going to be serious about cracking down on violence then the cops did exactly the right thing – drag them BOTH in for assault just like with a bar fight, because they BOTH did it. the woman is not automatically in the right by virtue of being smaller.
    “And what about no provocation is enough for a man to beat a woman to a pulp?” Bull. Assault is assault. When we say things like that, we are telling our sisters that it’s ok to beat up on a dude cause he’s not supposed to fight back. i know almost no one who is emotionally strong enough to take a beating and not fight back, especially men who are socialized for violence. If we want to stop violence against women/partner violence, we have to work to stop ALL violence. Yeah, no provocation is an excuse, but why aren’t we also examining the actions of the co-assaulter/co-victim?

  14. Hieronymus Grex says:

    Look, Robert Pattinson’s long-lost rat-faced brother.

  15. patty says:

    Violence against prostitutes doesn’t make the news unless a (semi)celebrity is involved, since – according to law, media, and comments here – prostitutes don’t seem to count as people too. How can anyone find this funny?

    And who is honestly trying to blame the woman? If nothing else, biting customers is bad for business, you can’t convince me it wasn’t self-defense.

  16. Hieronymus Grex says:


    Sometimes the only way to deal with some situations is to laugh and pop crude jokes at others’ expense. The juxtaposition of that semi-celebrity in a compromising position and it being found newsworthy is just too surreal to be taken seriously.

  17. Zoe (the other one) says:

    What a hideously fugly man. I haven’t the faintest idea who on earth he is and for that I’m rather thankful.

  18. Mandy says:

    A few months ago when I had pneumonia, I lost my TV remote, and I was too weak to get up and change the channel myself, so I ended up watching a lot of the informercial channels (we have 4 or 5, for some reason), and I grew to loathe Vince. For some reason, the headset he wears got on my nerves. Um, this isn’t a live sales pitch! You don’t need that thing! Trivial things like that always get to me when I’m sick…

    I hate getting yelled at by Billy Mays, too, but I can’t even watch his commercials anymore without laughing, after one of my gay friends pointed out that Billy Mays is the ultimate “bear” (if you don’t know what that is, go look up “bear (disambigulation)” on Wikipedia).

  19. Liz says:

    Wow. Between Scientology and this whole debacle, he is one of the kings when it comes to piss poor decision making. I have to wonder how scarred the whole process of Scientology trying to ruin his life left his mental state though. Part of me wants to say maybe this wouldn’t have happened had they not gone all operation fair game on his ass. Even still that’s no excuse, the photos of this woman after the assault are truly frightening, hopefully they both face the repercussions that are coming due to this unfortunate incident.

  20. Elle says:

    holler at dinotopia!

  21. shamwow says:

    All tabloid news aside – the product works pretty well.