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McCourt alleges wife's misconduct as CEO

October 28, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The battle between Dodger owner Frank McCourt and his soon-to-be ex-wife is getting ugly. Documents filed Wednesday show Frank McCourt opposes his estranged wife's demand to be reinstated as the team's chief executive officer, and he claims she had an affair with her bodyguard.Eyewitness News obtained a 600-page filing in the Dodgers divorce drama. L.A. County Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon says he needs more time to consider Jamie McCourt's request to be reinstated as Dodger CEO.

A hearing originally scheduled for Wednesday will now be held next week.

Frank McCourt filed court papers Wednesday claiming Jamie had an inappropriate relationship with her bodyguard. Frank claims the two took a supposed business trip to Israel over the summer, but ended up going to France for two and a half weeks, and billed the Dodgers for the trip.

Jamie is also accused of not giving her husband any information about her assignments as chief executive of the team, and not providing the Dodgers with her schedule of public appearances.

Last week Frank fired his wife from the Dodger organization, citing the alleged affair and insubordination.

But in a declaration filed Tuesday, Jamie claims her husband booted her from the front office as a way to "humilitate and ostracize" her.

"In this particular case Jamie McCourt clearly has the credentials to operate the Dodgers," said divorce attorney Steve Mindel. "She's a lawyer, she's an MBA, she's a high-powered woman, and she was baseball's highest-ranking woman executive."

Frank McCourt claims he owns the team, based on a 2004 marital agreement that was made to insulate Jamie from any debts or creditors' claims that might result from purchasing the Dodgers. But Jamie says she is co-owner of the team.

"Ownership of the Dodgers is going to be really interesting," said Mindel. "There is no clear victor in this at this point, because it's unclear if Frank McCourt was the one that was able to get money together to purchase the Dodgers, or maybe it was Jamie and her resources."

Jamie is seeking various perks, plus $321,000 a month in spousal support if she gets her job back as Dodger CEO. If not, she wants $488,000 per month. In the filing, she says she has no means of financial support unless reinstated, and says the couple is worth more than $1.2 billion, with beachfront property in Malibu and a mansion in Holmby Hills.

Superior Court Commissioner Gordon postponed the divorce hearing until November 5, saying he needs to review all the documents.

Neither Jamie nor Frank McCourt was in court Wednesday.


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