Millionaire Adopts His Girlfriend for the Sleaziest Possible Reason

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Rich people do some crazy shit, and never has that been more true than in the case of Houston millionaire John Goodman. The 48-year-old heir to an air-conditioning fortune recently legally adopted his 42-year-old girlfriend, Heather Laruso Hutchins. They've been together since 2009, and he decided to make her his legal daughter to avoid losing money in a lawsuit he's facing from drunk driving accident he was in back in 2010.

A drunk Goodman ran a stop sign and knocked another car into a drainage ditch, killing its 23-year-old driver, Patrick Wilson. Wilson's parents have filed a wrongful death suit, and Goodman is also facing criminal charges, which could land him in prison for up to 30 years. He previously set up a trust that can't be touched in the event that he owes damages, and Hutchins is now eligible to receive one third of the money, along with his two actual children. So now he can proceed with his defense, knowing his fortune is safe with Hutchins—unless she really starts acting like a millionaire's daughter and blows all his money at the mall.

Houston millionaire sued in fatal Florida crash adopts girlfriend [Houston Chronicle]


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Can someone please explain the legality of it? can you adopt grown ups? how come? why? what kind of fuckery is that?