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Burkle divorce papers unsealed; wife says he spied

Burkle divorce papers unsealed; wife says he spied

first_imgNewly unsealed documents in billionaire Ronald W. Burkle’s divorce include allegations from his former wife that he spied on her, their young son and her boyfriend. The documents released late Friday also included a declaration from Burkle’s daughter, Carrie Anne Burkle, 29, who said her father once told her his security staff had “pictures and videos” of wife Janet Burkle and her boyfriend having sex. She said her father called his security director in front of her, and once told her Janet Burkle was with her boyfriend “at this very moment.” The daughter’s declaration came in support of Janet Burkle’s 2003 application for a court restraining order, which was denied. Burkle’s attorney, Patricia L. Glaser, disputed the allegations in a letter to The Los Angeles Times. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“Mr. Burkle never told his daughter any such thing,” Glaser said. “There are no such videotapes. There was no such eavesdropping. This is not true.” Glaser said the allegations were withdrawn and the divorce court judge ruled they were inadmissible. Burkle’s security chief, Frank Renzi, said in a published report that Carrie Anne Burkle had apparently misconstrued a conversation with her father about her mother’s boyfriend, an ex-convict. He said when Carrie didn’t believe they were involved, Burkle said something to the effect of, “What do I have to do to convince you? Show you a videotape of them together?” The 1,200 pages of documents were released two days after the California Supreme Court rejected Burkle’s effort to keep them under seal, which Burkle said was needed to protect his children. The court let stand a decision that struck down a law that would have protected Burkle’s financial information from release. Lawyers for media outlets including The Associated Press and The Los Angeles Times successfully argued for the records’ release. Lawyers for Janet Burkle argued in the documents that her husband concealed pending mergers in 1997 – when the couple reached a post-marital agreement – that eventually created one of the largest supermarket chains in the nation. A state appeals court sided with Burkle on Thursday, rejecting his wife’s claim that he had hidden assets. Burkle, whose estimated personal wealth exceeds $2 billion, is a well-known political contributor who has given millions of dollars mostly to Democratic candidates and campaigns. He’s also given more than $200,000 to Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his campaigns. The documents include an analysis of Burkle’s financial investments as of 1997, and Janet Burkle’s account of their spending and property. She said in a filing it was “common for me to spend $15,000 at one time at Barneys, and my average monthly expense for clothing was at least $10,000 (a conservative estimate).”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more