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Reuchlin
Jun 20th, 2009, 07:02 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1194357/Ill-court-Martina-Ms-Navratilova-sued-wife-Toni-Layton-half-million-dollars.html




'I'll see you in court, Martina!' Ms Navratilova is sued by former 'wife' Toni Layton for half a million dollars

By David Leigh and Natalie Clarke
Last updated at 1:06 AM on 20th June 2009

There are, as the song goes, 50 ways to leave your lover. You can let them down gently, tell them 'it's me, not you', provoke a bust-up or simply ignore them and hope they'll take the hint.

Few of us, however, conduct the dispatching of a no-longer-loved one with quite such brutal efficiency as Martina Navratilova demonstrated when she decided that Toni Layton's time was up.

The day it happened, Toni had a terrible sense that something was wrong. She picked Martina up from the airport in Florida - she had been to Australia on a business venture - and noticed that Marti, as she called her, kept her sunglasses on.


The bitter end: Toni Layton has filed a 'domestic partnership lawsuit' against Navratilova, claiming she endured 'emotional, mental and physical trauma'
The barriers were up. Martina told Toni she wished to be taken to her office, next door to their house. When they arrived, Martina paced the room briefly before delivering her speech: 'This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do,' she said. 'This is about you.'

In that moment, Toni knew it was over.

'She started raising her voice,' says Toni, 'then said: "I was worth $15 million when I met you, now I'm only worth $10m. You are responsible for this mess." I got up and said: "Marti, what are you talking about? You're worth a hell of a lot more than $15million. What's all this about?"

'Then I suddenly got it. I said: "I get it, this is my exit. I get what's happening here."

'It was all totally unexpected. 'I tried to walk out the door, but Marti stopped me by grabbing my arms and shoved me against the wall. She said lawyers had drawn papers up and I had to sign them.'

Toni pulled free and tried to walk out. Then two security guards appeared from nowhere at the same time as a car screeched to a halt outside the house and two lawyers got out.

One of them, says Toni, pushed a document in her face, a 'settlement' of $10,000, saying: 'You'd better sign it because it's all you're going to get.' She refused.

Minutes later, the locks to the house next door had been changed. Martina was inside the house; Toni was out on the street - and erased from Martina Navratilova's life.

This dramatic scene took place in January last year and Toni and Martina have not exchanged a word with each other since. But there has been correspondence between their lawyers.

On Monday - with exquisite timing, the opening day of Wimbledon - Toni, who was Martina's lover for eight years, will file a 'domestic partnership' lawsuit seeking an undisclosed sum in compensation for the 'emotional, mental and physical trauma' she suffered as a result of that confrontation outside the couple's house on Florida's Gold Coast.

She cannot claim a 'divorce' settlement, because the state of Florida does not recognise same-sex relationships.

Now a tennis commentator who works frequently for the BBC, Martina found a new audience last year when she made an unexpectedly positive impression on I'm A Celebrity. . . Get Me Out Of Here!. She is enjoying the revival of her profile and will not welcome the publicity that is bound to arise from the lawsuit.

The Tennis Wife
'For all those years, I was a "tennis wife" and devoted my life to being Marti's best friend, lover and business adviser,' says 56-year-old Toni, who is staying with a friend in New York.

'I put my life on hold to support her. Then, without any warning, my whole life came crashing down. I was thrown out, left homeless, penniless and with only the clothes on my back.

'Marti decided I was no longer to be a part of her life and got rid of me. It was as cold and as calculated as that.

'It's sad to say, but I'm sure people would be astonished if they knew only a fraction of what the real Martina Navratilova is like, or what she is capable of.'

Today, speaking publicly for the first time, Toni casts a fascinating light on the character of the tennis champion, openly lesbian from the outset, who won a record nine Wimbledon singles titles.

There were many facets to Martina's personality, Toni says. She could be kind and romantic, but also cold and - as evidenced by that final showdown - utterly ruthless.

She is a legend in the tennis world yet she continues to this day to be jealous, says Toni, of her arch rival, Chris Evert.

Martina, says Toni, was what you might call a 'ladies' woman'. She always liked looking at beautiful women, she had a roving eye. I just stupidly thought I was "the one''.'

The pair first met in 1991 at the Peachtree City Tennis Centre in Atlanta, Georgia. Toni was there with friends and Navratilova was playing.

At the time, Czech-born Martina was going through a 'divorce' from her other long-term lesbian lover, Judy Nelson, who was also cast aside after nearly eight years together.

After the split, Nelson, who left her husband and two young sons to live with Navratilova, sued her for $ 7.5million (the settlement is confidential but believed to be around half that figure).

She also wrote two books about their life together - and the fallout.

History repeating
'If only I had read Judy's books, I would have known what Marti was capable of,' says Toni. 'It was history repeating itself all over again. Everything that happened to me was exactly as Judy described it in her book: no warning, an attempt at a forced settlement shoved in her face.'

But she hadn't read the books and instead she found Martina - by now in a relationship with former Olympic skier Cindy Nelson - charming. They had a chat and Toni offered some consoling words about the 'divorce' from Judy.

At that time, Toni was married to her now ex-husband, Jeffrey Lambert. She says now the marriage was not consummated and was 'one of convenience for both of us', but declines to elaborate.

Around the mid-Nineties, a mutual friend gave her Martina's email address and in 1996 they began writing to one another. 'We became good friends, writing and telling each other about our lives, our loves, our interests.'

From time to time, Martina visited Toni and her husband at their home in New Jersey.


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The romance began in 2000 when Toni had been in New Hampshire visiting friends and Martina decided to join her.

'Our first kiss was outside a 7/11 store,' says Toni. 'She offered me an orange, then began crying as she reminisced about the first time she had ever done that to anyone, for her beloved grandmother.

'I leaned over to kiss her on the cheek in comfort and it just happened. Everything fell into place for both of us.'

A month later, they were 'married' in an unofficial ceremony at Mount Washington State Park in New Hampshire.

'We climbed on to some rocks and held each other as we exchanged vows. It was just the two of us and was very romantic. She said: "I give you my heart, my love and my devotion. I love you with all my being. I've never felt like this with anyone before."'

Later, they had platinum wedding bands made for each other.

Within weeks, Martina moved into Toni's house in New Jersey. One other person was living at the house - Toni's husband.

'He had his room and we had ours. Yes, it was unconventional, but our marriage was simply one of mutual convenience.

'Jeffrey knew I wasn't interested in men when we married, but perhaps he thought he could turn me. He told me he was a virgin and I was, too. And that's the way it stayed between us.

'For me, Marti is the only lover I have ever had.'

At the outset, Toni and Marti divided their time between New Jersey and Martina's luxurious property near the ski resort of Aspen, Colorado, before moving to the west coast of Florida in 2003 after Martina fell in love with the area on a corporate business trip.

Picture-postcard perfect
They bought a $2 million property outside the coastal town of Nokomis, near Sarasota.

It was picture-postcard perfect, with a white picket fence and gardens adorned with bougainvillea and framed by palms. The happy couple shared their home with 17 dogs.

Later, they bought the smaller $1.5 million house next door and another house down the road to accommodate Navratilova's trainers and friends with whom she practised tennis.

Their cars included a sporty Range Rover, a convertible Mercedes and a Jeep. They also bought a $20,000 speed boat and a jet ski.

Toni had access to all Navratilova's money, as they had shared bank accounts.

Toni's marital home in New Jersey was sold in 2004. The money from the sale, says Toni, should have been split between her and her estranged husband, but when he refused to hand over her share, Martina urged her to 'let it go'.

The following year, the couple paid $1.25million for a 30-acre farm near their Florida home, which they turned into a sanctuary for abandoned animals.

'We had to hand-feed the 26 emaciated cows that came with it,' Toni recalls. 'Then came three baby pigs, Huey, Dewey and Lewey, and many more animals after that.'

'But as soon as Marti decided our relationship was over, it seems she decided the animals no longer mattered. She put the ranch up for sale at a knockdown price and doesn't seem to care about what will happen to the animals.'

Fiercely ambitious
During their relationship, Toni claims she was utterly supportive of Martina, who remained fiercely ambitious. In 2006, she made a second comeback, winning the mixed doubles title at the U.S. Open with Bob Bryan.

'She said it was to prove to herself that she still had it and she needed to win it to satisfy something inside her.' Martina would obsess about Chris Evert, says Toni, and would question Evert's record of 157 singles titles.

'Marti was convinced her number of wins was closer to 140 and was desperate to prove it without making it look as if she was the one who instigated the investigation,' says Toni.

'She needed a plan. She said: "I am going to ask the Women's Tennis Association to look into making sure my record is accurate. Then, when they find it is fine, I will say maybe you should look to check other people's, people like Chris Evert."'

Whether she did remains unclear. By the beginning of 2008, the ' marriage' was as strong as ever - at least it was in Toni's mind. Martina had decided otherwise.

For Christmas 2007, Martina's present to her 'wife' was a TV remote control console, which in hindsight could be taken as a sign that all was not well. 'I guessed that was just Marti being the thoughtless person she could be at times.'

Two days after Christmas, Martina flew to Australia on a business venture, returning home in January.

On the day she was due to fly in to the airport at Sarasota, she left Toni a message on her phone. 'Hi honey,' it said. 'I am coming in. Pick me up at the airport. I love you.'

At the airport, Toni sensed straight away that something was wrong. 'I helped her with her bags and put them in the car and, although she was talking to me, I said "There is something wrong here", but she insisted everything was fine.'

On the way home, they stopped for lunch at Martina's favourite whole food restaurant and, before leaving, Martina spent a long time in the bathroom. 'I later realised that was because she was obviously making phone calls.'

Toni says Navratilova told her she had decided to release her office manager, Mariaan De Swardt, and wanted to get it over as soon as possible, so could they go to the office.

The manager was waiting when they arrived. Another friend of Martina and Toni, Candy Pantano, who was working part-time for Martina but left her employ after the incident because she was so disgusted, was also in the room.

These two women were to witness the scene that unfolded. Ms Pantano has since signed an affidavit saying she saw one of the guards put his left hand on Toni's throat, then grab her left arm with his right hand.

Kicked out with nothing
Toni says she needed physical therapy for three months after the incident. 'It was the worst day of my life,' she says. 'I was kicked out on the street and left with nothing, save for the clothes on my back.'

Toni was now barred from the house she had lived in for five years. She says her possessions - furniture, jewellery given to her by Navratilova, clothes and photographs - were locked in storage. Meanwhile, Navratilova set about selling their Florida properties.

'Marti made a lot of wire transfers in the middle of January last year, but I didn't really think anything about it at the time,' says Toni.

'I now know she was preparing things for when she got rid of me. Before kicking me out, she had my credit cards cancelled and my name removed from the joint accounts. I'm not sure how all this was possible, but she had a team of lawyers, so I guess they arranged everything for her.'

She adds: 'They seem to have done a fabulous job in trying to rewrite history.'

After she was thrown out of the house, Toni removed her wedding ring and gave it to a friend, who passed it to Martina. Martina gave the friend her own ring to pass back to Toni.

Toni received and refused the offer of a $200,000 settlement, with stipulations including a 'gagging order', meaning she would never be able to discuss what happened with anyone.

'It's easy to understand why she would want that,' says Toni wryly.

'I told my lawyer I wanted $350,000 for a house and $150,000 to help me get started again. I want and deserve a fair settlement for what I gave up to be with Marti.

'I was Marti's life partner and expected to be with her for the rest of my days.

'We had even talked about adopting. Marti told me "You'd make a great mother", but I told her there's no way we could consider it until she was fully retired. I told her a child needed two parents and it wouldn't work if she was never around.

'I'm not sure if it was ever anything more than a "nice thought" for Marti. She has always been a selfish person.

'What matters to Marti is travelling and looking after herself. I'm not sure how a child could have "fitted in" for her. She is not really a family woman.'

She adds: 'The greatest irony is that all this is happening in Florida, a state that doesn't recognise gay rights. Marti makes out she's a champion of gay rights, yet here she is, hiding behind Florida's antiquated same-sex laws.'

Martina has recently spoken about a new lover, but not named the woman in question.

Toni says: 'I really don't know whether Marti was cheating on me. I had no reason to suspect she was.

'After what happened, I was left an emotional wreck with nothing left to show for eight years of my life. I still suffer nightmares today. It's something I don't think I will ever properly recover from.

'Part of me feels sad, but I am also angry at what happened then and subsequently. I actually feel very sorry for her. But what I want is justice.'

Last night, a spokesman for Martina Navratilova said: 'As we said in the past, this is a private matter and we don't comment on private matters. We do not accept her assertions and do not believe they merit a response.'

Miss Navratilova might have been all-conquering on the tennis court, but perhaps in her spurned lover Toni Layton she will meet her match in a court of law.

danra
Jun 20th, 2009, 07:11 AM
Mariaan De Swaardt is her office manager?! Did Mariaan get the sack or not?

InsideOut.
Jun 20th, 2009, 07:11 AM
If this is true, then I have lost a lot of respect for Martina Navratilova as a person.

Reuchlin
Jun 20th, 2009, 07:14 AM
My thoughts are that it may be 30% true. Martina may have ended it out right, but maybe the ex-lover was crazy/dishonest etc.

moby
Jun 20th, 2009, 07:38 AM
Sad and unfortunate story. Even if Martina had a reputation or history for being a "player", it's hard to verify the veracity of Layton's claims, especially without hearing Martina's side of the story. The "final showdown", corroborated by at least one other person, was pretty harsh, although one wonders if it might have been provoked.

Reuchlin
Jun 20th, 2009, 07:39 AM
Good points Moby.
With these kinds of stories, there is always a second side.
Unless one person is a nutt-case.

OrdinaryfoolisNJ
Jun 20th, 2009, 07:56 AM
Martina has been known for a long time for ending relationships badly. Not just romantic ones, but also professional ones.

I know that Martina has a hang up about her place in tennis history. I love the commercial for her TTC documentary where she says that Steffi Graf says she's (Martina speaking of herself) the "greatest" of all time, so who is she to argue! Uh-huh.

Steffi and Chris and the rest always publicly either discount the concept of GOAT, or stay quiet about it in terms of their own achievements, or say let the fans decide. Martina is the only one who always seems to call herself the greatest.

Maybe she is. I always respected her as the greatest because of her doubles prowess along with her singles prowess for that period of 1983 to 1985 plus her longevity.

But I do not doubt Martina's jealousy of Chris. I've read countless comments of Martina always upset about Chris' support from fans over her.

Whether true or not, that's the past. But, I've come to accept that Martina is Martina. A woman that left Rita Mae Brown (a famous lesbian writer) so upset that she shot at Martina's car with a gun when they broke up!

irma
Jun 20th, 2009, 08:04 AM
That part about Chris Evert sounds as unbelievable as that fake article about Andre going on a twin picknick with mini me.

Nav definitely doesn't seem to have a lot of luck with her lovers.

MistyGrey
Jun 20th, 2009, 09:20 AM
That part about Chris Evert sounds as unbelievable as that fake article about Andre going on a twin picknick with mini me.

Nav definitely doesn't seem to have a lot of luck with her lovers.

Actually the Evert part doesnt look all that fake, exaggerated ofcourse, but knowing Martina's obsession with numbers and records, and the fact that she always hated the fact that Chris was more popular than her, I cant say I am surprised to hear that. Although the plan thing sounds a little dishy. But we dont know the whole story.. Martina has been known to end relationships badly, but still... btw, is it just me ,or does anyone else find Toni still referring to Martina as 'Marti' a little creepy...

scheele
Jun 20th, 2009, 09:26 AM
Toni Layton has filed a 'domestic partnership lawsuit' against Navratilova, claiming she endured 'emotional, mental and physical trauma'

What a joke. There are so many grasping, worthless people in this world.

samn
Jun 20th, 2009, 10:02 AM
I know that Martina has a hang up about her place in tennis history. I love the commercial for her TTC documentary where she says that Steffi Graf says she's (Martina speaking of herself) the "greatest" of all time, so who is she to argue! Uh-huh.

Steffi and Chris and the rest always publicly either discount the concept of GOAT, or stay quiet about it in terms of their own achievements, or say let the fans decide. Martina is the only one who always seems to call herself the greatest.



Martina does discount the concept of GOAT if anyone other than she is picked. :lol: Back in 1999, when a few reporters and people like BJK were calling Graf the GOAT in the wake of Steffi's retirement, Navratilova was quoted as saying this:


From the New York Times, Aug 18 1999

When the talk turned to her place in history, Steffi Graf, the most dominant female tennis player of this century, usually averted her eyes.

''Let other people be the judge of that,'' said Graf, who carried her lack of interest in statistics, feuds and records along with her into her abrupt and unheralded retirement last week. Didn't she want to be remembered as the greatest player in history? As the only woman to win all four Grand Slam events at least four times, and as the only player, male or female, to own the No. 1 ranking for 186 weeks consecutively and 377 weeks in total, how could she possibly avoid it?

One way to deflect the unwanted attention from herself was to laud her respected rival and predecessor at the top, Martina Navratilova, as the century's most notable player. Yesterday Graf, whose decadelong rivalry with Navratilova ended in a 9-9 stalemate, did just that.

''For me she is the uncontested No. 1; she has left a mark on the sport like no one else,'' Graf told the German news agency DPA. Needless to say, Graf never mentioned anything remotely like that to Navratilova, who retired in 1994 with a record 167 titles, 18 in Grand Slam singles.

''It's kind of her to say that, but I don't see how you can really come out and say point blank who's the greatest,'' Navratilova said from her home in Aspen, Colo. ''When I first started out, I wanted to be No. 1, and then I wanted to be the greatest of all time, but the closer I got, I realized it was a bunch of baloney.

''What's true is that there is a definite group of great players, and she's in it, and I'm in it. Chris is there, and Billie Jean, and Margaret Court. But I can't pick between myself and Steffi. When people call me the greatest player ever, I get embarrassed, and when I hear them call Steffi the greatest, I say, 'Hey, wait a minute, what am I, chopped liver?' ''

thrust
Jun 20th, 2009, 10:03 AM
Toni Layton has filed a 'domestic partnership lawsuit' against Navratilova, claiming she endured 'emotional, mental and physical trauma'

What a joke. There are so many grasping, worthless people in this world.

That may or may not be true, but both Martina and BJK have a similiar history when it comes to relationships. Chrissie seems to be the "Strainght" version of the other two. I have NO sympathy for any of them.

samn
Jun 20th, 2009, 10:10 AM
Is this Toni Layton the woman whom Martina took to referring to (rather coyly, I thought) as her "one and only" a few years ago when she announced her most recent retirement from tennis? Perhaps Toni should give Laura Norman a call so the two of them can have a bitchfest about who is meaner, "Marti" or Chris. :devil:

In all seriousness, though, as some of you have noted, we've only heard one side of the story, and I have to ask myself if we even need to know that, let alone Navratilova's side. Their breakup, much like the end of Chris Evert's marriage to Andy Mill, is a private matter and the two parties ought to treat it as such.

(Oh, and I just noticed that the original article is from the Daily Mail. Had Martina been a British citizen, the Mail would have had a screaming headline about "Martina, the lesbian commie Immigrant" cruelly dumping her poor, innocent, blameless girlfriend.)

tennnisfannn
Jun 20th, 2009, 10:24 AM
Why isn't anyone asking who the new love is? I suspect it is a player who is ranked in the top 10 and a slam holder! haha!

~Cherry*Blossom~
Jun 20th, 2009, 10:32 AM
Martina is a horrible woman! (If this is true, which I think it is)

irma
Jun 20th, 2009, 10:35 AM
Actually the Evert part doesnt look all that fake, exaggerated ofcourse, but knowing Martina's obsession with numbers and records, and the fact that she always hated the fact that Chris was more popular than her, I cant say I am surprised to hear that. Although the plan thing sounds a little dishy. But we dont know the whole story.. Martina has been known to end relationships badly, but still... btw, is it just me ,or does anyone else find Toni still referring to Martina as 'Marti' a little creepy...

Nav might envy Evert for a lot of things but Evert doesn't have more slams or regular titles then Nav so why should Nav be obsessed with Everts records? Nav is leading the head to head too
If it had been Court she would have been obsessed about, it would have sounded more plausible imho

Also because Court has said negative things about Nav being a bad rolemodel based on sexual identity.

SM
Jun 20th, 2009, 10:46 AM
If this is true, I have lost a lot of respect for her as a person.

Infiniti2001
Jun 20th, 2009, 10:52 AM
Whether true or not, that's the past. But, I've come to accept that Martina is Martina. A woman that left Rita Mae Brown (a famous lesbian writer) so upset that she shot at Martina's car with a gun when they broke up!

:eek: are you serious? :shrug::help:

gentenaire
Jun 20th, 2009, 10:58 AM
Are we to believe the Daily Mail now?

homogenius
Jun 20th, 2009, 11:13 AM
You want money ? Get a job.

timafi
Jun 20th, 2009, 12:13 PM
hope this lady doesn't get a dime from Navratilova
tennis players work their ass off hard to make $
that lady can go back wherever the hell she came from and stay there:fiery::fiery::fiery:

Hazel
Jun 20th, 2009, 12:19 PM
I'm not Mary Poppins or Prudence Mcprude, but I do think when people split up they should shut up and do it with dignity and grace. I also think that they should stop running to lawyers and feathering the vultures' nests.

People fall in and out of love and you can't help it if you stop loving someone. Just accept it, say you need to move on and sit down and work out the split - in private without running to the pres and making disparaging remarks.

Roookie
Jun 20th, 2009, 01:56 PM
Blast from the past forum.

LightWarrior
Jun 20th, 2009, 03:33 PM
Nav might envy Evert for a lot of things but Evert doesn't have more slams or regular titles then Nav so why should Nav be obsessed with Everts records? Nav is leading the head to head too


It's not about the records anyway (although I'm astonished that Nav played a few more years just to beat Chris' 157 singles titles record...talk about ego). The crowd always supported Chris when they played each other and she complained and resented that. Nav also admitted a few times that Evert embodied "perfection".

gmokb
Jun 20th, 2009, 04:18 PM
You want money ? Get a job.

My sentiments exactly. She just seems to be out to get some money. When you enter into a relationship, you must also be prepared for a breakup. It would be nice if the other person was decent to do it in a nice way but if not that`s no clause for half a million dollars. Why wasn`t she working while living with Martina, there were no kids so she can`t say she was a stay home mom.
It will be intersted with Florida laws. I hope Martina doesn`t settle and in fact beat her to publishing a book.

sweetpeas
Jun 20th, 2009, 04:22 PM
I've seen Martina,with a young brunette when she came to the u.s.open last yrs!She was around 30 31"s!

tenn_ace
Jun 20th, 2009, 05:04 PM
Why isn't anyone asking who the new love is? I suspect it is a player who is ranked in the top 10 and a slam holder! haha!
Venus :worship: I knew there is something outthere I could like her for :bounce:

tenn_ace
Jun 20th, 2009, 05:11 PM
some of you are quick to judge this woman for going public, but do you understand what it means to lose EVERYTHING? She wasn't rich but she had a house, things and job and she now lost everything and she is almost 60... do you understand what it means? I like Martina, or I did, but I think this sttry is true considering that this woman is asking for $500k (unlike Martina's previous lover), which is about what her house would been worth now if she hasn't sold it and her belongings.

In The Zone
Jun 20th, 2009, 05:20 PM
:drool: Gossip!

This woman sounds a little more than scorned since she admits Martina was only her love (despite being married to a male virgin).

That whole scene sounds so epic and dramatic. I got chills reading it. It sounded so surreal.

This is a private matter, though, and am a little disappointed to have this woman come forward. In her mind, she must think that coming forward will help a better settlement but I never feel comfortable when these private matters are discussed publicly.

Not surprised to hear about Martina's selfishness. Even as fans, we could see that. That doesn't change what a champion she is but it is interesting to know how the players are in their real element.

sweetpeas
Jun 20th, 2009, 05:24 PM
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some of you are quick to judge this woman for going public, but do you understand what it means to lose EVERYTHING? She wasn't rich but she had a house, things and job and she now lost everything and she is almost 60... do you understand what it means? I like Martina, or I did, but I think this sttry is true considering that this woman is asking for $500k (unlike Martina's previous lover), which is about what her house would been worth now if she hasn't sold it and her belongings.


You'll so dam right!

Rocketta
Jun 20th, 2009, 05:29 PM
color me not surprised... Martina comes across as insincere and jealous to me.
Those accusations are definitely not shocking... now the Rita Mae Brown thing... :eek:

and if someone give up their financial producing life to support a mate whether it's a house wife, house husband or lesbian wife of a celebritity.... they are due a financial settlement because although their contributions may not have been financial doesn't mean they weren't substantial. How much they are due is the debate but they certainly don't have to shut up and just take what their significant other gives them.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Jun 20th, 2009, 05:52 PM
:haha: Sounds like Martina to me. Although no one ever makes themselves a villain when telling their side of the story, so I'm sure there is more to it that this woman is witholding.

vettipooh
Jun 20th, 2009, 05:58 PM
Ok. So the relationship went from 30-40 to advantage Toni. :haha: No deuce game here. ;)

Kart
Jun 20th, 2009, 06:09 PM
Changing the locks and freezing her out - Martina knows how to split up :worship:.

I'd have taken the $200,000.

It's not a bad deal for living the high life for 8 years, even if it was with Martina.

Uranium
Jun 20th, 2009, 06:12 PM
Martina is greedy, selfish, jealous and cold...no way, I had no idea:speakles:

The Martina wanting the WTA to recount Chris's title count story is funny:lol:

homogenius
Jun 20th, 2009, 06:18 PM
color me not surprised... Martina comes across as insincere and jealous to me.
Those accusations are definitely not shocking... now the Rita Mae Brown thing... :eek:

and if someone give up their financial producing life to support a mate whether it's a house wife, house husband or lesbian wife of a celebritity.... they are due a financial settlement because although their contributions may not have been financial doesn't mean they weren't substantial. How much they are due is the debate but they certainly don't have to shut up and just take what their significant other gives them.

I'm not sure the woman had a job before they met(seems more like she was a housewife).Anyway, admitting she "worked for and supported" Martina during eight years, she already benifited of her millions during these years so why should she get something ? During that time, she could have worked and made her own money if she wanted to be safe in the future but she didn't.Her own fault.
Besides that, I don't buy the whole "I'm on the street, forced to live in my friend's house" story (she probably put some money left somewhere)).She should move on instead of spreading shit in the medias and filling a lawsuit for "emotional and physical" trauma ("I still have nightmares blah blah" lol).

Rocketta
Jun 20th, 2009, 06:22 PM
I'm not sure the woman had a job before they met(seems more like she was a housewife).Anyway, admitting she "worked for and supported" Martina during eight years, she already benifited of her millions during these years so why should she get something ? During that time, she could have worked and made her own money if she wanted to be safe in the future but she didn't.Her own fault.
Besides that, I don't buy the whole "I'm on the street, forced to live in my friend's house" story (she probably put some money left somewhere)).She should move on instead of spreading shit in the medias and filling a lawsuit for "emotional and physical" trauma ("I still have nightmares blah blah" lol).

There's a thing called being in a relationship and sharing your life and making decisions that benefit the both of you. If during the relationship, Martina wanted someone home full-time looking out for her domestic needs then she was working and just because the relationship is over and she didn't work for a third party doesn't mean she shouldn't have a stake in the assets amassed during that time. That's like asking a housewife after a divorce why didn't you work... you don't deserve any of your husband's money. :shrug:

Bezz
Jun 20th, 2009, 06:25 PM
I can imagine martina being exactly like this.....she has always come across as a bit controlling and a cold woman.

homogenius
Jun 20th, 2009, 06:55 PM
There's a thing called being in a relationship and sharing your life and making decisions that benefit the both of you. If during the relationship, Martina wanted someone home full-time looking out for her domestic needs then she was working and just because the relationship is over and she didn't work for a third party doesn't mean she shouldn't have a stake in the assets amassed during that time. That's like asking a housewife after a divorce why didn't you work... you don't deserve any of your husband's money. :shrug:

Someone with as much money as Martina has some people to take care of domestic needs (and the other woman surely benefited of it too)and even if Martina asked her not to work, no one forced her to accept.
The woman wasn't the typical housewife there : she didn't take care of children and had a lot of money to spend during these 8 years.She should be satisfied with that (and I agree with Kart she should have taken the 200000$ and move on).

Besides this specific case, I'm not a fan of moneying the time spent in a relationship (if children are not involved).You share feelings, money, difficulties etc...during x amount of time and when it's over it's over.This woman didn't "earned" anything (it's not how I see a relationship).

CoryAnnAvants#1
Jun 20th, 2009, 07:15 PM
Someone with as much money as Martina has some people to take care of domestic needs (and the other woman surely benefited of it too)and even if Martina asked her not to work, no one forced her to accept.
The woman wasn't the typical housewife there : she didn't take care of children and had a lot of money to spend during these 8 years.She should be satisfied with that (and I agree with Kart she should have taken the 200000$ and move on).

Besides this specific case, I'm not a fan of moneying the time spent in a relationship (if children are not involved).You share feelings, money, difficulties etc...during x amount of time and when it's over it's over.This woman didn't "earned" anything (it's not how I see a relationship).

I don't think the issue here is that they split up. The issue (if it's true) is that this woman was cornered and physically accosted by security guards, who were trying to get her to accept a paltry settlement by threatening her, and (allegedly) caused her some physical damage in the process.

Whether or not Martina is in the right here, there is no way that she is losing this lawsuit. She's got the money and the lawyers to drag this out for as long as necessary. This woman simply won't be able to keep up financially.

Serenita
Jun 20th, 2009, 07:25 PM
show the money

homogenius
Jun 20th, 2009, 07:32 PM
I don't think the issue here is that they split up. The issue (if it's true) is that this woman was cornered and physically accosted by security guards, who were trying to get her to accept a paltry settlement by threatening her, and (allegedly) caused her some physical damage in the process.

Whether or not Martina is in the right here, there is no way that she is losing this lawsuit. She's got the money and the lawyers to drag this out for as long as necessary. This woman simply won't be able to keep up financially.

I got that part but i'm not buying it.The woman had no legal solution (no divorce cause Florida doesn't recognize same-sex mariage)so why Martina would have tried to force her (with the help of security guards and all lol)to accept a "settlement" of 10000$ ? She just made up the story (or at least extremely exagereted it)to have a reason to fill a lawsuit.

Anyway, I agree that she has very little chance to win.

Rocketta
Jun 20th, 2009, 07:34 PM
Someone with as much money as Martina has some people to take care of domestic needs (and the other woman surely benefited of it too)and even if Martina asked her not to work, no one forced her to accept.
The woman wasn't the typical housewife there : she didn't take care of children and had a lot of money to spend during these 8 years.She should be satisfied with that (and I agree with Kart she should have taken the 200000$ and move on).

Besides this specific case, I'm not a fan of moneying the time spent in a relationship (if children are not involved).You share feelings, money, difficulties etc...during x amount of time and when it's over it's over.This woman didn't "earned" anything (it's not how I see a relationship).

you don't know what she had to take care or do for Martina and so what if they didn't have children? If Martina wanted her to sit at home and just be naked when she walked through the door that was their arrangement and doesn't mean that the woman is suppose to leave with nothing at the end of it. They had a domestic partnership and as part of that they both agreed she wouldn't work and if Martina had a problem with that then she shouldn't have supported her and made her support herself. Once you marry and commit, the money you make generally stops just being yours especially when you opt for your mate to quit working and to be supported by you. That's the same if you marry a millionaire or make $50,000/year. Just because Martina is rich doesn't opt her out of an equitable split.

Whether the lady should've taken the money or not, I don't know. I doubt I would take it if the treatment she received was true. However, that's neither here nor there because I haven't a clue as to what is fair for her. I just know that if people decide in their partnership to allow one person to not work that doesn't allow them to discard that partner with absolutely nothing after years of commitment.

Rocketta
Jun 20th, 2009, 07:37 PM
I don't think the issue here is that they split up. The issue (if it's true) is that this woman was cornered and physically accosted by security guards, who were trying to get her to accept a paltry settlement by threatening her, and (allegedly) caused her some physical damage in the process.

Whether or not Martina is in the right here, there is no way that she is losing this lawsuit. She's got the money and the lawyers to drag this out for as long as necessary. This woman simply won't be able to keep up financially.

ohhh, I bet she gets a lot more than that because unlike Martina's lawyers I bet hers are working for free until she gets a settlement. :shrug:

homogenius
Jun 20th, 2009, 07:53 PM
you don't know what she had to take care or do for Martina and so what if they didn't have children? If Martina wanted her to sit at home and just be naked when she walked through the door that was their arrangement and doesn't mean that the woman is suppose to leave with nothing at the end of it. They had a domestic partnership and as part of that they both agreed she wouldn't work and if Martina had a problem with that then she shouldn't have supported her and made her support herself. Once you marry and commit, the money you make generally stops just being yours especially when you opt for your mate to quit working and to be supported by you. That's the same if you marry a millionaire or make $50,000/year. Just because Martina is rich doesn't opt her out of an equitable split.

Whether the lady should've taken the money or not, I don't know. I doubt I would take it if the treatment she received was true. However, that's neither here nor there because I haven't a clue as to what is fair for her. I just know that if people decide in their partnership to allow one person to not work that doesn't allow them to discard that partner with absolutely nothing after years of commitment.

I suppose we'll agree to disagree.This woman didn't quit a job to live with Martina, and accept not to work during these 8 years.Martina was the only one to work and to make money.Therefore, no matter what kind of arrangement they had, it was only available the time the relationship lasted imho.
Besides that she knew that if the relationship ended she had no legal solution (seeing that same-sex mariages are not recognized)so she accepted knowing what the situation was.She took risks (not sure she would have left husband and children for a lesbian with no money at all btw)and has to take her responsabilities.
If she wants money and doesn't want to work, she can always find another rich lesbian who will allowed her lazy ass to stay at home, finding ways to spend the money.

hankqq
Jun 20th, 2009, 08:08 PM
Well, I'm waiting to hear Martina's side of the story.


A lot of the allegations in this article are crazy! That security guard moment sounds like it's straight outta those Godfather movies! :scared:

In The Zone
Jun 20th, 2009, 09:05 PM
ohhh, I bet she gets a lot more than that because unlike Martina's lawyers I bet hers are working for free until she gets a settlement. :shrug:

And by going public, Martina is more likely to settle and to settle for a larger amount.

Slammer7
Jun 20th, 2009, 09:18 PM
And by going public, Martina is more likely to settle and to settle for a larger amount.

Exactly! Let the woman hit the TV circuit and see how quickly she gets some $$$$$$. There are witnesses to some of this stuff so some of it is definitely true. I still remember Judy Nelson on 20/20(an American news/magazine show) years ago. Tatum O'neal did the interview circuit in 02 and exposed :o McEnroe.

LDVTennis
Jun 20th, 2009, 09:45 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1194357/Ill-court-Martina-Ms-Navratilova-sued-wife-Toni-Layton-half-million-dollars.html

She is a legend in the tennis world yet she continues to this day to be jealous, says Toni, of her arch rival, Chris Evert.

'She said it was to prove to herself that she still had it and she needed to win it to satisfy something inside her.' Martina would obsess about Chris Evert, says Toni, and would question Evert's record of 157 singles titles.

'Marti was convinced her number of wins was closer to 140 and was desperate to prove it without making it look as if she was the one who instigated the investigation,' says Toni.

'She needed a plan. She said: "I am going to ask the Women's Tennis Association to look into making sure my record is accurate. Then, when they find it is fine, I will say maybe you should look to check other people's, people like Chris Evert."

Completely credible. This explains alot!

Melly Flew Us
Jun 20th, 2009, 10:06 PM
some of you are quick to judge this woman for going public, but do you understand what it means to lose EVERYTHING? She wasn't rich but she had a house, things and job and she now lost everything and she is almost 60... do you understand what it means? I like Martina, or I did, but I think this sttry is true considering that this woman is asking for $500k (unlike Martina's previous lover), which is about what her house would been worth now if she hasn't sold it and her belongings.

i agree.

regardless of the other side of the story this is more proof that one should either 'marry' an equal in every respect or at least be self-reliant.

youizahoe
Jun 20th, 2009, 10:36 PM
Steal all her money toni :devil:

partbrit
Jun 20th, 2009, 11:25 PM
Any woman, in the 21st Century, who choose to give up everything and take on a 50s "wife" role really has no right to complain about the consequences. Have women learned nothing? Wait--I already know they have learned nothing.

Also, Navratilova has spoken in great detail about why she (sadly) gave up the idea of having a child.

WhatTheDeuce
Jun 21st, 2009, 12:31 AM
Intense...

Martina *tsktsk*

Wimbledon9
Jun 21st, 2009, 12:33 PM
That Martina stayed in the house was something she learned from her seperation from Judy Nelson. Judy stayed in the house and planned everything from there. Fortunately Martina had also girlfriends who did not ask for money and did not write tell-all articles and books.Martina has told very little about her girlfriends, their secrets where save with them. Strangely that Toni does not want to tell more about her fake marriage, she keeps that to her self but she throws everything about Martina on the street. This woman was very much in the closet, even with this article in a tabloid there was a picture of Martina.

friendsita
Jun 21st, 2009, 03:15 PM
:yawn:
:drink:

LoveFifteen
Jun 21st, 2009, 03:42 PM
Okay, I have never really been a fan of Navratilova, but let's take this story with a grain of salt, please. It's in the Daily Mail, first of all. Second, the lover is jilted, and we all know how deranged jilted lovers can be.

Thirdly, who the hell is this woman who was a virgin until she was almost 50? :lol:

And who the hell gets married one month after their first kiss and then moves in together with the actual husband?! If any of this is true, then both of them are hot messes! :haha:

You know Chris Evert is reading this and laughing, "Bitch, that's why you gotta marry another rich person!" :angel: