Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Gerhard Schröder ordered to pay £19,000 to wife's ex husband for causing split

 

Gerhard Schröder, the former German chancellor, has been ordered to pay damages to his wife’s former husband for causing the break-up of their marriage.

The Telegraph

A court in South Korea ordered Mr Schröder to pay 30m won (£19,000) in damages, according to court papers published by the Yonhap news agency.

Soyeon Schröder-Kim’s ex-husband, a plastic surgeon, claimed he only agreed to divorce her in 2017 on condition she ended her relationship with Mr Schröder, but instead the couple married less than a year later.

Mrs Schröder-Kim denied the allegations and said her marriage to her former husband was already over and they were living apart when she met Mr Schröder.

The former chancellor has long featured on the gossip pages of German newspapers for his love life.

Mrs Schröder-Kim is his fifth wife, and the 24-year difference in their ages made headlines when they married in 2018 — at the time Mr Schröder was 74 and Ms Soyeon Schröder-Kim was 50.

They met in 2015 at a business conference in Seoul where Mrs Schröder-Kim was working as an interpreter. She was married at the time and her former husband sued in 2019, accusing Mr Schröder of conducting an affair with her that wrecked his marriage.

Adultery was illegal in South Korea until 2015 and used to be punishable with up to two years in prison. An estimated 53,000 South Koreans were charged under the law before it was changed, and adultery is still considered grounds for a civil lawsuit.

TONY BLAIR GREETS GERHARD SCHROEDER AT DOWNING STREET. FILENAME:DTCK-BLAIR 2 - Clare Kendall for the Telegraph

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