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Jamie McCourt opposes reduction in spousal support

July 28, 2011 |  4:28 pm


Frank McCourt would rather wage a "jihad" with Major League Baseball than continue to honor his court-ordered obligations to support his ex-wife, attorneys for Jamie McCourt argued in a Los Angeles Superior Court filing on Thursday.

Frank McCourt has asked the court to reduce his support payments, claiming they exceed his annual income of $5 million and demanding that Jamie McCourt either rent or sell the couple's seven homes. In opposing that request, Jamie McCourt's attorneys claim that Frank McCourt has access to at least $70 million in assets not encumbered by the Dodgers' bankruptcy.

The Dodgers and other assets controlled by Frank McCourt are worth about $900 million, according to the filing, and the homes and other assets controlled by Jamie McCourt are worth about $39 million.

"Frank's true position, therefore, is that Jamie should be forced into a fire sale of the only assets he claims she owns in one of the worst real estate markets of the last twenty years, so he can continue his battle against MLB and Jamie to retain for himself the Dodger Assets and other McCourt Entity assets," the filing reads.

A hearing is set Aug. 10.


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Photo: Jamie McCourt. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times.