Remember when Jamie McCourt was claiming it was just a matter of determining the worth of the Los Angeles Dodgers that was holding up the divorce settlement between her and her estranged husband, Frank? Think again.
Yesterday, in a court filing, Jamie McCourt claims there are documents that show Frank is not entitled to sole ownership of the Dodgers. The motion claims that there were six documents of a 2004 agreement, three of which show that Frankâ€™s sole ownership is fraudulent. The claim centers on claims that Frank altered the three other documents after Jamie signed them. If the court admits them, it could throw the ownership of the Dodgers into disarray.
According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, Dennis Wasser, an attorney for Jamie, claims the purpose of the agreement â€śwas to shield the coupleâ€™s non-business assets from creditors. He said Jamie never would have signed an agreement in which she had been told she would have surrendered her interest in the Dodgers in exchange for sole ownership of the coupleâ€™s homes.â€ť
â€śThey werenâ€™t trading assets,â€ť Wasser said to the LA Times. â€śThere was no quid pro quo, to trade residential property for the Dodgers. That would have been absurd. No one would have ever done that."
Frank McCourtâ€™s lawyer, Stephen Susman, admits that the documents are different, but said it was due to a "clerical error" or a "scrivener's error." In a statement, Susman said, "Jamie and her lawyers have truly become desperate and are now using their court filings as press releases." Adding that it would be "absurd" for Frank to sign a document giving Jamie "all the houses and all the money, and for Frank to end up with nothing of substance as his separate property except $119 million in personal liabilities."
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