$100M Divorce Is Made for Tabs

Lavish spending, sex make for juicy battle between Swedish countess and CEO
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2009 10:08 AM CDT
Swedish countess Marie Douglas-David arrives at Superior Court in Hartford, Conn., March 19, 2009, for the second day of divorce proceedings against former United Technologies Corp. CEO George David.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The demands of a Swedish countess looking for a $100 million divorce settlement from her CEO husband are making headlines, ABC reports. Marie Douglas-David’s pursuit of $53,000 in weekly expenses stands out during a time when many are downplaying lavish spending. “She threatened him with a mud fight if he did not give her everything she ever asked for,” said George David’s attorney.

Douglas-David, who married the United Technologies chief in 2002, notes in her filing that her weekly expenses “may seem high”—for perspective, her $4,500 in clothing and $8,000 in travel per week is the equivalent of flying from New York to Sweden and buying 13 pairs of Gap jeans every day. Adding spice: Each side claims cheating, sex scandals, and multiple divorce filings during their roller-coaster relationship.