- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 27, 2008

SANTA ANA, CALIF. (AP) - The ex-wife of Broadcom co-founder Henry T. Nicholas III filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking control of their joint trust, alleging he squandered their money and threatened to have her killed.

Stacey Nicholas claims her billionaire former husband misspent nearly $61 million of the Nicholas Family Trust, which is worth about $600 million, according to court documents.

The lawsuit also alleges that Henry Nicholas threatened to have her "whacked" after she filed for divorce in 2002, and that he hired private investigators to stalk her with gorilla masks and cameras.

Henry Nicholas used money from the trust to wage "a campaign of threats, harassment and intimidation" after divorce papers were filed, the lawsuit states.

Stacey Nicholas accuses her ex-husband of spending more than $1 million investigating her, $30 million on a recording company and $500,000 on a limo for his mother.

Besides control of the trust, the lawsuit seeks a $60 million "surcharge."

Henry Nicholas’ trust attorney, Joseph Wyatt, did not immediately return messages seeking comment Wednesday night.

In a separate federal case, Henry Nicholas has pleaded not guilty to charges of drug use and conspiring to backdate $2.2 billion of employee stock options.

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