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SHORT TAKES : Clay's Ex-Wife Seeks $3 Million

March 29, 1990|From Times Wire Services

Andrew Dice Clay's ex-wife is seeking $3 million in a palimony suit against the foul-mouthed comedian.

The suit filed Wednesday by divorce attorney Marvin Mitchelson seeks half of Clay's property holdings, which Mitchelson estimated at $6 million.

Kathy Swanson, Clay's former wife, claims their 1986 divorce settlement granting her $18,000 in alimony defrauded her of half the couple's accumulated possessions.

"She was basically supporting him," Mitchelson said of the couple's relationship, which spanned five years of living together and two years of marriage. "He agreed when he hit it big that they would share the proceeds."

The complaint also alleged that Clay threatened Swanson with violence if she contested their divorce.

Neither Clay's manager nor his publicist returned phone calls. Clay's expletive-laden routines have prompted record stores to yank his recordings. He was banned from the MTV cable network after uttering an obscenity during a live broadcast of the 1989 Music Video Awards.

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