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Details of multi-millionaire's divorce spread via Twitter

As if the acrimony of a bitter divorce battle was not enough, many of the intimate details of the split between European multimillionaire Ben Goldsmith and his 29-year-old wife Kate have been spread across the Internet via Twitter and other social media. The 32-year-old husband recently unexpectedly discovered his wife's affair with 35-year-old rap artist Jay Electronic. Many in New Orleans and elsewhere have followed this high-asset divorce in the media.

The affair was discovered when Ben inadvertently found emails and text messages that Kate had transmitted to the musician, with their explicit nature making it crystal clear what was going on. As a result, he is seeking divorce on the grounds of adultery.

A confrontation between the couple at their luxury home led to the husband's arrest. Details of the couple's ongoing conflict are spread all over Twitter with proponents of both sides posting acerbic comments and various photos. The husband himself has around 6,000 followers on Twitter.

The couple has three children, and some believe that all the media attention and invasion of privacy involved in the social media battle could be harmful to them. Kate is a music publicist and reportedly has recently retained a PR firm to address the fallout from the revelations.

The husband and wife both inherited substantial fortunes after the deaths of their respective fathers. Knowledgeable commentators on divorce litigation say that it is essential to try to keep divorce case details private, especially in high-asset divorces with more potential for media attention. Information spread via social media may be harmful to the chances of a more amicable settlement, and parties who use social media as a weapon in their pending divorce may find that the released information comes back to haunt them at settlement time.

Source: London Evening Standard, "Unfollow! Goldsmith divorce couple battle it out on Twitter before lawyers get a look-in," Benedict Moore-Bridger and Paul Cheston, June 6, 2012

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