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Ex discusses billionaire child support trial

August 30, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Jennifer Gold, the woman at the center of one of the largest child support lawsuits in history, is speaking out for the first time.Last week a Los Angeles jury rejected a claim by gold's two children, reportedly fathered by billionaire Donald Bren.

Southern California resident Bren is worth an estimated $12 billion. When he fathered two children with Gold, she hoped her kids would be able live the same lavish lifestyle as their billionaire father. But last week a jury decided that won't be happening. Gold promises to fight back.

Appearing on "Good Morning America" Monday, Jennifer Gold defended her children and their recent case, in which her billionaire ex-boyfriend was sued for millions of dollars in back child support.

"It's not about greed, it's about actually protecting their rights according to his promises," said Gold.

According to Gold, she and 78-year-old real estate tycoon Donald Bren had a relationship that lasted for more than a dozen years.

Bren is listed as one of the 16 richest Americans in Forbes magazine. He fathered two of Gold's children. When he did she says he signed several contracts promising to take care of them.

"Our relationship, he assured me, would definitely -- he would follow up with all of his promises to me," said Gold.

Since birth, the 18- and 22-year-old have received more than $10,000 per month in child support. Bren even agreed to pay for their education.

But the two children wanted more, about $400,000 per month.

"It's not really about the money, it's about the rights of the children, it's what their birthright is," said Gold.

Last week a jury decided Bren, who lives on his own private island off Newport Beach, did not have to pay the kids an extra dime.

Gold says she will appeal the decision. She says what hurts the most is what the 16th-richest American told her children directly on the stand.

"My son is more angry, but I'm sure he's hurt and he won't show it. My daughter is extremely hurt about sitting there, hearing their father say that not only things about me, that he didn't love me, but that he never wanted them, that he never wanted to spend any time with them," said Gold.

Gold calls Bren's testimony during the trial "complete lies." She says the billionaire spent plenty of time with her children when they were younger, and she has a lot of photographs documenting those visits. She hopes to use them in the appeal of this case.


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