Inside the Nasty Getty Divorce

Spousal support could be hundreds of thousands a month
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2010 12:28 PM CDT
Jacqui and Peter Getty pose at HBO's Annual Pre-Golden Globe Reception at Chateau Marmont on January 14, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Peter and Jacqui Getty enjoyed a posh, globetrotting life—the kind of life that included matching Mercedes S500s and a $1 million bed. Now they are embroiled in an equally epic divorce, one of Hollywood’s worst. “It’s like Dynasty, California edition,” one friend tells the Daily Beast. Jacqui accuses her husband, heir to the $2.5 billion Getty fortune, of infidelity, violence, and drug abuse.

The couple ran with a crowd including Demi Moore and Francis Ford Coppola, and their divorce attorneys have represented the likes of Angelina Jolie and Whitney Houston. But friends say their glamorous life included dark secrets, like Peter’s father’s secret family. Peter himself “was like Henry VIII,” never finding a real career, and eventually started spending hours watching porn, knitting, and playing computer games. For an extensive look at the downward spiral, click here.

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