A judge in North Carolina has ordered a San Antonio man to pay his girlfriend's ex-husband $8.8 million
for ruining the marriage and the man's business, according to The Herald-Sun
Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson in Durham County, North Carolina ruled Francisco Huizar III, originally from San Antonio, to pay Keith King $2.2 million in compensatory damages and three times that in punitive damages. King is the owner of BMX Stunt Shows, which is exactly what it sounds like.
Huizar will appeal the ruling. Part of his charges include alien of affection, which claims that he ruined the "genuine love and affection" between King and his ex-wife Danielle.
Together, the Kings ran BMX Stunt Shows. His lawyer's claimed that the affair cost him his revenue (which dropped by more than 50 percent in a two-year period) and an employee, aka Danielle.
She claims that her marriage was toxic and already in jeopardy before meeting Huizar. After beginning the affair in 2015, Huizar and Danielle spent months traveling back and forth to meet, with Huizar renting hotel rooms less than a mile from the King home.
Despite this, Danielle supposedly tried to make her marriage work a few times, but ultimately ended up rekindling her affair, according to court testimony.
While issuing his ruling, Judge Hudson said it was a "textbook case" of how to not end a marriage in North Carolina. The Tar Heel State is one of the handful
of states that allows alienation of affection lawsuits.
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