Frank McCourt's attorney: Jamie's views 'detached from reality'
Jamie McCourt, the ex-wife of Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, filed a motion Thursday opposing Frank McCourt's request to reduce his spousal support. A statement follows from Ryan Kirkpatrick, an attorney for Frank McCourt:
"Jamie's lifestyle is excessive and cannot be sustained. She has seven homes, and she refuses to sell or lease any of them. Yet she has the audacity to assert that Frank should borrow more money, and sell his own assets, in order to continue paying her over $600,000 a month to maintain her 'lifestyle.'
"Jamie wants it all -- to run the team, to sell the team and take half the proceeds for herself, to have Frank pay for her seven homes and her lifestyle -- yet she fails to acknowledge important facts:
- Frank does not have the liquidity to sustain her lifestyle, especially more than $400,000 a month for the mortgage and related costs for her seven homes, and $225,000 a month for her 'living expenses.'
- The Court has not determined that she has any ownership in the team.
- The Dodgers are currently in bankruptcy, an occurrence she helped precipitate by sponsoring a relentless campaign to disrupt the team’s operations and relationships with MLB.
- All the of the acts that MLB has complained of occurred prior to 2009, when she was an officer of the Dodgers. Indeed, the vast majority of the distributions about which MLB has complained went to Jamie's homes.
"It is clear that her views and positions in this case are detached from reality. Her lifestyle is unsustainable and she needs to come to grips with that fact."
-- Bill Shaikin
Photo: Jamie McCourt. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times