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Monday, September 11, 2006

Liza Minnelli's Pre-Nup

Some contract-related tabloid fodder from the AP (via

David Gest, the estranged husband of Liza Minnelli, asked a judge to set aside his prenuptial agreement with the star, the latest development in their lengthy divorce battle.

Gest's lawyers told State Supreme Court Judge Harold B. Beeler on Friday that Minnelli hid the fact that she was infected with herpes, was an alcoholic and prone to violence. Had Gest known, the lawyers argued, he never would have entered into the prenuptial agreement.

Minnelli's lawyer, Israel Rubin, refused to comment on specific allegations. "This whole thing is ridiculous," he said.

Gest's lawyers asked Beeler to order a trial to determine the validity of the prenuptial agreement.

Minnelli and Gest married March 16, 2002, at a celebrity-studded ceremony with Michael Jackson as best man and Elizabeth Taylor as maid of honor. They separated in July 2003 and filed for divorce later that year.

The prenup request is the latest in a serious of ugly lawsuits (example) between the parties.

[Meredith R. Miller]

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