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Stephanie Seymour v. Peter Brant: "One of the Most Bitter, High-Profile Divorces in Years"

Stephanie Seymour v. Peter Brant: "One of the Most Bitter, High-Profile Divorces in Years"

>> Since Stephanie Seymour filed for divorce from Interview owner Peter Brant in March 2009, the proceedings have, according to the New York Times, made it "one of the most bitter, high-profile divorces in years." The Brants or their lawyers have been in court at least five times, in front of three different judges, since Seymour sued to end their 15-year marriage. Most recently, on Aug. 6, they appeared in court to haggle over mandatory drug testing, which both has done for the past year, and whether Brant could end his testing.

Brant v. Brant goes to trial on Sept. 20 — by that time more than 12,000 pages of public divorce documents (with thousands more sealed) will have been generated, and millions of dollars in lawyers fees racked up. Brant, whose net worth is an estimated $500 million, did not sign a prenup.

Why the drug testing? »

The random drug testing began because in a May 11, 2009 motion, Brant said that Seymour had been treated in 2000 at a Connecticut hospital for Vicodin addiction, and Seymour confirmed being in rehab. Later, in a deposition on June 23, 2009, Brant acknowledged that a contributor in the marriage's breakdown was Seymour's infidelity. But then, at that same deposition, when Seymour's lawyer (who quit the case in March) asked Brant: “From the date of your marriage to Stephanie until the present day, have you had sexual intercourse with anyone other than Stephanie?" Brant's lawyer objected, and Brant refused to answer: “I’m not going to answer for a fishing expedition for you to just, you know, for me, I’ve been a good husband, a faithful husband, I’m not going to, I’m not going to answer these speculative ridiculous questions that have no meaning."

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