Friday, April 18, 2008

Wife Takes Divorce Drama Online, vents scorn via YouTube

Story Highlights:
In a video, Tricia Walsh-Smith makes embarrassing claims about her husband
Her target is Philip Smith, president of the largest theater owner on Broadway
Attorney for Walsh-Smith: "This is a victim who is holding her head up"
Other divorce attorneys: Such disparagement could wind up hurting Walsh-Smith

NEW YORK (AP) -- We're the YouTube Generation, living in the YouTube Era, in a YouTube World. And now we apparently have a YouTube Divorce.

Tricia Walsh-Smith and her husband, Philip Smith, are shown at a Broadway musical after-party in 2002.
Some prominent New York divorce lawyers couldn't think of another case where a spouse -- in this instance, the wife of a major Broadway theater operator -- had taken to YouTube to spill the secrets of a marriage in an apparent effort to gain leverage and humiliate the other side.
"This is absolutely a new step, and I think it's scary," said Bonnie Rabin, a divorce lawyer who has handled high-profile cases. "People used to worry about getting on Page Six [the gossip page of the New York Post]. But this? It brings the concept of humiliation to a whole new level..."

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