Suing The Other Woman: Everyone Is Doing It!
NBA superstar Dwyane Wade and his wife, Siohvaughn Wade, are in the midst of a nasty divorce because Dwyane was cheating with actress Gabrielle Union. Siohvaughn is one angry chick and is filing a lawsuit claiming that Union “engaged in sexual foreplay with Dwyane Wade” in front of the Wades’ two sons, ages 8 and 10. The lawsuit alleges that the affair caused one of the kids so much anxiety that he started losing his hair and is now getting court-ordered mental evaluations. Dwyane’s rep called these claims “baseless and meritless.”
I don’t know about you, but it sure seems to me that Siohvaughn is doing this just to give Union a hard time. And as it turns out, many states have legal means to get back at the other woman. In March, a North Carolina woman sued her husband’s mistress for $9 million and won. The wife, Cynthia Shackelford, told the jury she sacrificed her career to be a stay-at-home mom and alleged that the mistress knew her hubby was married, but went for him anyway. Shackelford claimed the lawsuit sent a message to those considering extramarital affairs, but, c’mon, she was obviously just trying to send a message to her bank account.
So how did she do it? Hawaii, Illinois, North Carolina, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Utah have this law called “alienation of affection.” Sounds like a problem in the bedroom, right? But this is no laughing matter if you are the other woman. To win an Alienation of Affection case, you don’t even have to show proof of extramarital sex. All you gotta do is convince the jury that you were in a loving marriage and that love was destroyed by a conniving third party with malicious intent.
Tiger Woods’ mistress Rachel Uchitel also had an affair with David Boreanaz. Supposedly his wife, Jaimie Bergman, tried to use alienation of affection to get money from her hubby. Boreanaz refused and went public with his affair to avoid what he called “blackmail” and “extortion,” possibly from his wife.
This also happened with the estranged wife of the former Mississippi rep Chip Pickering. She sued the dude’s mistress in July 2009, claiming the affair ruined her husband’s career and their marriage.
Two-hundred alienation of affection cases are filed each year in North Carolina alone. I’m just not sure what I think of this. It really sucks to be cheated on, but I do wish these women would focus their anger on their husbands—not the other women. What do you think?