Mar 22nd, 2017
Monty suing ex for £5,000,000.00
It's getting messy....
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It's all going off in court in the case of Monty versus Mrs Monty.
Monty is claiming £5,000,000.00 in damages which is exactly the same amount his ex- Gaynor Knowles is suing him for. Nasty business divorce.
The former Order Of Merit dominator and European Ryder Cup captain split from Gaynor, 50, in 2015 after allegations emerged about Monty's private life. Namely that he'd been up to no good with another woman.
In the aftermath of the crisis, it emerged that the pair had entered into a fairly complicated post-nuptial agreement in 2010. It is this agreement that Monty is challenging as unfair.
Montgomerie, who currently lives in Ayrshire, believed the deal (which included him paying for the upkeep of Gaynor's £2,000,000.00 farm house) wasn’t fair and reasonable. He is suing Gaynor for £5million and also demanding payments from her of £6,500 per month.
Much of what was said at the hearing cannot be reported for legal reasons. However, court papers lodged by Monty’s legal team claim Gaynor placed him under pressure to enter into the postnup so their marriage could continue.
The papers state that Gaynor, of Dunning, Perthshire, found out he had been having an extra-marital relationship.
They add that she inherited the farmhouse when her first husband, furniture tycoon George Knowles, died and that it was in her name before she married Monty.
Gaynor's lawyers say the golfer wanted to make changes to the property when he moved in. Gaynor is said to have agreed to then transfer the house into joint names on condition that if they separated, he would transfer the title back to her.
It is also alleged he agreed to take all reasonable costs with the house for the remainder of her life.
Gaynor is demanding Monty honours the alleged deal. She is counter suing him for £5million and £10,000-per-month payments.
Monty is thought to have bagged a £40million fortune in a stellar, if major-less career. He and Gaynor married in 2008. The golfer and his first wife Eimear divorced in 2004.
During the hearing Montgomerie told his advocate Kenneth McBrearty QC that he had indeed cheated on Gaynor during their time together.
When Mr McBrearty asked his client whether he had affairs during his time with Gaynor, Monty replied: “Yes. These are not my best moments. I can honestly say I’m not very proud of that time.”
Monty issued a statement yesterday which said: “I will not be commenting on my private life other than to confirm I raised proceedings some time ago seeking divorce from Gaynor.
“This matter is now being dealt with by the court.”
It looks like it's going to be a lengthy court case...