HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) - A lawyer for a 36-year-old Swedish countess who’s divorcing United Technologies Corp. Chairman George David tried to cast doubt on her estranged husband’s credibility Thursday by accusing him of lying in previous testimony about sex with his mistress.
William Beslow, an attorney for Marie Douglas-David, made the allegation as he questioned the 67-year-old multimillionaire in a Connecticut courtroom during the second day of their divorce trial, which lawyers in the case say is one of the most costly in state history.
David denied having lied under oath in previous proceedings, including a sworn deposition in December.
“I do not agree with that in any way,” he said after his testimony. He took the stand again Thursday after brief questioning by his own attorney Wednesday afternoon.
David, who retired as United Technologies’ chief executive last year but remained chairman, wants a judge to enforce a 2005 post-nuptial agreement he made with Douglas-David to give her $43 million when they divorce.
“I think at its root it’s very straightforward,” David told a reporter. “There is an agreement.”
Douglas-David, who says she has nearly $54,000 a week in expenses, wants the judge to declare the agreement invalid, saying she was coerced into signing it. She’s seeking about $99 million _ 30 percent of David’s estimated $330 million fortune _ and has requested $130,000 a month in alimony and nearly $390,000 in legal fees.
She also wants to keep expensive jewelry, two Mercedes-Benz automobiles, real estate in Sweden and assorted personal property.
Beslow asked David about the testimony he gave during the December deposition about his mistress, Wendy Touton.
“Did you state under oath that you did not recall anywhere on earth you had sex with Wendy Touton?” Beslow asked.
After David said he answered during the deposition that he couldn’t remember a specific location, Beslow asked him whether it was true he had sex with Touton at his home in Avon just days before the deposition.
David, looking at a transcript of the deposition Thursday, acknowledged that he had said later in the December testimony that it was true.
Beslow further alleged that David inflated his assets several years ago when applying to purchase a co-op at a prestigious Park Avenue building, where Douglas-David now lives. Beslow said David claimed he owned property in Sweden that actually belonged to Douglas-David.
David replied, “Yes,” when asked if he knew when he was signing the financial statement that he did not own the property in Sweden.
Beslow, who represented Mia Farrow in her child-custody suit against actor-director Woody Allen and Marla Maples in her divorce from Donald Trump, then asked David if he had told Douglas-David that it was important to show a high number of assets in the application for the coop. David said he didn’t.
David spent the first part of the day answering questions by Dranginis about financial transactions he made under the terms of the post-nuptial agreement.
David argues that he and Douglas-David, who were married in 2002, have already followed through on some of the terms of the agreement, and that she had tried to have it enforced during a previous court case in New York. He says those facts support the agreement’s validity.
Douglas-David is expected to testify Friday. Her lawyers also plan to call David back to the stand, perhaps next week, when they present their side of the case.