Tricia Walsh-Smith, the playwright who made made headlines earlier this year for posting a series of YouTube videos in which she revealed her husband, theater magnate Philip Smith, to be an erectile dysfunctioning cold-hearted guy, was divorced by said husband yesterday on the grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment. Walsh-Smith has been thrown out of the couple's Park Avenue apartment and will receive a settlement of $750,000 — the amount laid out in the prenup she signed back in 1999. Judge Harold Beeler was distinctly unimpressed by Walsh-Smith's YouTube caterwauling, and wrote in his court decision, "[Tricia] has attempted to turn the life of her husband into a soap opera by directing, writing, acting in and producing a melodrama…[it was] a calculated and callous campaign to embarrass and humiliate her husband." Tricia has called the settlement "disgusting" and added "I'd be better off in Baghdad." [Ed Note: No.]
However, Walsh-Smith doesn't regret posting the Youtube vids, even though the judge called her stunt, "A watershed event in this marriage, elevating what was still primarily a private dispute into a public spectacle…Had defendant not posted her videos on YouTube, a case could be made that her previous marital misconduct did not rise to the level of cruel and inhuman treatment, a claim that ironically she herself made on YouTube." On her official website, Walsh-Smith wrote that she will be making an official statement tomorrow at 10:30 am. For now, we'll have to make due with her parting claim from yesterday's trial: "If I hadn't done the videos," Walsh-Smith said, "I would only have gotten $50,000."
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