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A couple of weeks ago I wrote a piece about Melissa George, the actress who renounced her Australian citizen to become a Yank about a decade ago, yet was appearing all over the media pleading with the Federal Government to assist in her in what appeared to me a clearly personal legal matter relating to the breakdown of her defacto relationship.
After reading and watching George roll our her horror story about the violence she had suffered during a domestic incident involving her former partner Jean-David Blanc, a wealthy internet and social entrepreneur, and in the injustice she continued to suffer as a consequence of French legal sanctions on her removing the children from that jurisdiction pending the resolution of Family Court matters, I quickly began to form a view that George was telling the tale, as Damon Runyon used to say.
In layman’s language I thought she was lying in order to gain an advantage in her family law proceedings, and a couple of hours research in which I identified the likely motivations for the actress to do so all but confirmed it.
So I sat down and did what this Archie does: I wrote a story about it. Writing in my usual distinctive and inimitable larrikin style, I carefully laid out the principal facts, both the agreed and the disputed; dissected the gaping chasms in the narrative she was promoting about events including her own role in the domestic incident and her attempted flight from France with the couple’s children; and explored a number of extraneous but in the view intrinsically important issues such as George’s apparent lack of visible injuries detectable in photos taken a day after the domestic incident, and the attractiveness of the family laws in California, the US state to which had attempted to take the kids, and the apparent enthusiasm of the courts there for awarding large payments of ongoing spousal support – alimony – to women litigants in relationship breakdown cases.
I didn’t expect the whole world to read my piece; in fact given that the Queensland Judiciary generally regards me as a third-rate blogger that nobody reads it would have been ill-judged of me to expect anyone to read it at all. But apparently both the judiciary and I were wrong; not about me being third-rate – in fact I think I’ve been elevated to a bronze medal in error there – but about nobody reading my work, for it appears that at least two prominent Frenchman do.
Melissa George’s ex-partner and his lawyer.
Ain’t the internet simply a wonderful thing for little old artists like me?
Put that in your pipe and smoke it Mr Magistrate!