It’s not Peter Pan,
but it’s his soon-to-be
former wife Wendi
The Murdochs, in happier times. Their divorce may soon get messy Click image to enlarge.
AGING MEDIA MOGUL Rupert Murdoch – arguably the most powerful man in the British Empire – has a problem, and it has nothing to do with his News Corp. mega-corporation, which has plenty of problems of its own.
Murdoch’s third – and soon to be EX – wife has hired a new lawyer, and The New York Times headline suggests the case may soon “turn messy.”
Many will rejoice to see the dirty laundry of the man who has tarnished the reputations of so many others dragged into the public sphere.
The phone-hacking scandal in Britain created millions of enemies for the monster from Australia who invaded the British Isles in the 1980s and 90s and took over its airwaves and several national newspapers.
Murdoch and his son James were hauled before the British Parliament and forced to grovel as MPs grilled them on the scandal. Dozens of his employees, including his right-hand-gal Rebeccah Brooks, have been charged with criminal offenses.
His enemies must be relishing the prospect of a “messy” divorce!
THE NEW YORK TIMES, on an inside page of the business section on Tuesday, reported a new twist in the divorce, initiated in June by Mr. Murdoch.
Rupert and James Murdoch (Wendi in pink behind them) testify over the phone hacking scandal before the British Parliament. Click image to enlarge.
In Wendi Murdoch Hires a New Lawyer, Suggesting a Divorce May Turn Messy Peter Lattman and Amy Chozik report: “Just over a month after Rupert Murdoch surprised his wife of 14 years with divorce papers, Wendi Murdoch has switched lawyers, a move signaling that the separation could take an acrimonious turn.”
Wendi previously had a lawyer who drew up the pre-nuptial agreement when the couple was married in 1999. But Wendi wanted someone “more independent,” according to the report.
“Although the Murdochs signed a prenuptial agreement and two postnuptial agreements delineating the separation of assets in the event of a divorce, there are a number of areas that remain up for negotiation, said people with knowledge of the case who spoke only on the condition of anonymity.”
Huh! NYT uses anonymous sources, again. Why?
NBC, COVERING THE SAME TOPIC, also had to rely on anonymous sources.
In Wendi Deng brings out firepower in Murdoch divorce Robert Frank writes: “Wendi Deng is bringing in the big guns.
The Sydney Morning Herald story on the Murdochs filing for divorce in June. Click image to enlarge.
“Deng has hired the well-known New York attorney William Zabel to represent her in her divorce from Rupert Murdoch, CNBC has learned.”
According to Frank, Wendi Murdoch would get a paltry $20 million under the pre-nuptial agreement.
“Murdoch’s wealth is estimated around $11 billion,” Frank writes.
“But her team is looking at three broad areas for negotiation to possibly get more. First is child support and the custody of their two young daughters, Grace and Chloe.”
Wouldn’t it be fun if the Murdoch’s had to do battle – just like Michael Douglass and Kathleen Turner did in the classic movie “War of the Roses” – in a public court of law over their dissolving marriage?
A slew of his enemies – possibly including Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, CEO of The New York Times Co. – would applaud with glee at every turn of the case.
I would be glued to CourtTV. Wouldn’t you?
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