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NEW YORK (AP) -- A Broadway mogul whose wife trashed him in a widely viewed Internet video was granted a divorce from her Monday.

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Philip Smith and Tricia Walsh-Smith in April 2006, before their marriage hit the skids.

A Manhattan judge gave Philip Smith a divorce from Tricia Walsh-Smith on the grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment.

Walsh-Smith lashes out against Smith in the tearful and furious YouTube video, which has attracted more than 3 million hits. She makes embarrassing claims about their intimate life and then calls his office to repeat those claims to a stunned assistant.

On the video, Walsh-Smith also goes through their wedding album, describing family members as "bad," "evil" or "nasty," and expresses concern about eviction from the couple's luxury apartment.

Judge Harold Beeler blasted Walsh-Smith for her video stunt, which he called "a calculated and callous campaign to embarrass and humiliate her husband" and to pressure him into settling the divorce case on more favorable terms than were stated in their prenuptial agreement.

"She has attempted to turn the life of her husband into a soap opera by directing, writing, acting in and producing a melodrama," the judge said.

He said Monday that the prenuptial agreement, signed three weeks before the couple's 1999 wedding, was valid. This means that Walsh-Smith must leave their Park Avenue apartment within 30 days and that Smith, president of the Shubert Organization, the largest theater owner on Broadway, must pay her $750,000.

Smith said after the ruling he was "sorry it had to come to this."

"I'm happy with the decision of the judge, and I'm happy with the outcome," he said.

Walsh-Smith, a former actress and playwright, didn't see the decision the same way.

"I think it's disgusting," she said. "I'm really, really disappointed with the decision."

She accused Smith of "basically throwing me out on the street." One of her attorneys, Joseph P. McCaffery, said they would appeal.

Renowned divorce attorney Raoul Felder briefly represented Walsh-Smith after she made the video. Felder previously said his client was "acting out of passion."

"This is a victim who is holding her head up," he said. "I think she comes off well."

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/07/22/youtube.d...e.ap/index.html

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joremari (7/22/2008)
if getting 750,000 is being thrown out on the street then this little spoiled princess needs to spend some time living a real life.

good for the judge, she acted like a little bratty teenage girl with the youtube stunt. I wouldn't have given her a dime.

Yeah, I'm with you there. I'm sure this will curb the desire of a bunch of other fruitloop ##### out there to make videos like hers.
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joremari (7/22/2008)
if getting 750,000 is being thrown out on the street then this little spoiled princess needs to spend some time living a real life.

good for the judge, she acted like a little bratty teenage girl with the youtube stunt. I wouldn't have given her a dime.

Yeah, I'm with you there. I'm sure this will curb the desire of a bunch of other fruitloop ##### out there to make videos like hers.

This won't stop 'em. If anything they will try to learn from her mistake(s), and make a better video. Crazy people can be very cunning, the crazier they are, the more cunning.

Judges just have to look at these videos and recognize them for what they are.

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kicker23 (7/22/2008)
joremari (7/22/2008)
if getting 750,000 is being thrown out on the street then this little spoiled princess needs to spend some time living a real life.

good for the judge, she acted like a little bratty teenage girl with the youtube stunt. I wouldn't have given her a dime.

Yeah, I'm with you there. I'm sure this will curb the desire of a bunch of other fruitloop ##### out there to make videos like hers.

This won't stop 'em. If anything they will try to learn from her mistake(s), and make a better video. Crazy people can be very cunning, the crazier they are, the more cunning.

Judges just have to look at these videos and recognize them for what they are.

Well, I'm ok with them making them, because that ##### was funny as ****!
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im glad to see the judicial system looking at what these people put online though. Just the other day I read a story on foxnews about a guy who got a two year sentence in prison for running over a woman while driving drunk. the article implied that the man reason they guy went to prison was because shortly after the accident he went to a party wearing a prison jumpsuit and holding a drink. the picture ended up on either myspace or facebook and the judge felt it was despicable of him to be making light of the situation were he almost killed someone and threw his butt in prison for 2 years.

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joremari (7/22/2008)
im glad to see the judicial system looking at what these people put online though. Just the other day I read a story on foxnews about a guy who got a two year sentence in prison for running over a woman while driving drunk. the article implied that the man reason they guy went to prison was because shortly after the accident he went to a party wearing a prison jumpsuit and holding a drink. the picture ended up on either myspace or facebook and the judge felt it was despicable of him to be making light of the situation were he almost killed someone and threw his butt in prison for 2 years.

****! Dude was askin' for it though!

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joremari (7/22/2008)
im glad to see the judicial system looking at what these people put online though. Just the other day I read a story on foxnews about a guy who got a two year sentence in prison for running over a woman while driving drunk. the article implied that the man reason they guy went to prison was because shortly after the accident he went to a party wearing a prison jumpsuit and holding a drink. the picture ended up on either myspace or facebook and the judge felt it was despicable of him to be making light of the situation were he almost killed someone and threw his butt in prison for 2 years.

Was somebody holding up a newspaper to show the date in the picture?

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