Star Tribune has requested that records from Prince and his second ex-wife, Manuela Testolini, be unsealed. Both parties attended a court hearing in which Testolini’s lawyer, Curtis Smith, argued against the motion, citing that if the files were unsealed, harassment by paparazzi could increase since she’s currently married to R&B singer, Eric Benét.
According to Star Tribune’ attorney Leita Walker, the newspaper’s request to have the courts unseal the divorce records are supported by both common law and the First Amendment. Basically, Prince’s privacy became irrelevant when he died, so these documents are now considered public record.
Smith, however, refuted this and claims that Star Tribune should have asked for these records back when Testolini and Prince divorced in 2006. We think it’s very significant in this case that the Star Tribune sat on their rights,” he said.
Furthermore, the judge hasn’t ruled in favor of anyone yet, so we’ll keep you guys posted!
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