Tennis Lolita Anna Kournikova soaks her billionaire ex-husband
Not the real Anna Kournikova. But Lisa Bonder, who was Anna
Kournikova before there was Anna Kournikova 20 years ago.
If you've read about Bonder's child-support fight with her
husband-for-a-month billionaire Kirk Kerkorian and
before her, Anna Nicole Smith's continuing travails over her
deceased Methuselah of a husband you've been introduced to
litigation's latest overcompensated victims: scorned women.
The current specimens all have ties to pro sports. But
they're stark examples of a clogged legal system turning
relationships into lifelong ATM machines for women. They're also
excellent examples of the failure of feminism. In the end, these
women achieve "independence" by using courts to mooch
off men and the rest of society.
Whether it's Bonder-Kerkorian, Kelci Stringer, or even
Juanita Jordan (soon to be ex-wife of Michael), these
"disadvantaged" women are out for an unearned payday
bigger than winning the lottery.
Tennis fans likely remember Lisa Kerkorian as Lisa Bonder,
the '80s' sexy, tall blonde from Michigan, who hit pro tennis'
top-10 rankings and dabbled in modeling and posters. Unlike
Kournikova, she never achieved the crossover appeal outside the
tennis world that garners the Russian tennis starlet an
estimated $15 million per year in endorsement income. But Bonder
did garner enough lucrative endorsements and tournament winnings
to keep her in comfort.
She should be set for life, rather than seeking out, shacking
up with, and shaking down a senior-citizen billionaire,
Instead, Bonder, 36, had a multi-year affair with Kerkorian,
84, beginning in 1991. Does anyone believe a 26-year-old was
truly interested in a 74-year-old? She was likely more
interested in his billions. Kerkorian, the MGM studio and casino
mogul worth over $6 billion, is so wealthy that he was the
single-largest non-institutional stockholder in Chrysler and
threatened a hostile takeover in the '90s.
But while he easily fought Chrysler's then-Chairman Lee
Iaccoca, Kerkorian met his match in the scheming Bonder. He
refused her constant begging for marriage so, in 1997, she got
pregnant with his daughter. In a move to legitimize the child's
birth, they married on the condition that she waive all spousal
support and divorce a month later.
But Bonder found a way to get paid for this high-class
prostitution act: child-support, perhaps the only reason she had
this child with an 80-year-old. The prenuptial pact set per
month support at $35,000, the divorce agreement specified
$50,000 monthly, and Kerkorian has been voluntarily paying
$75,000 per month for a 3-year-old! Not enough, says Bonder, who
sued for $320,000 per month, claiming the young child needs
$144,000 monthly for travel, $7,000 monthly for charity, and
$102,000 monthly for food.
Bonder lives in three estates, worth a combined $26 million.
Yet, she's using the legal system and her daughter to
play the victim. That's the legacy of feminism: Even rich,
"independent" women's sports stars resort to shacking
up with octogenarians and suing them for a big payday.
Kelci Stringer is another "victim." It's lamentable
her pro-football player husband, Korey Stringer, died in
Minnesota Vikings training camp on a hot day. But, as a
first-round draft pick and starter, he was well compensated and
insured for risk of injury. Stringer was also paid his
multi-million dollar salary to stay in shape. But he didn't
getting fat over the off-season, dangerously trying to lose it
and get in shape just a few days before camp.
But is that his fault? Not according to Mrs. Stringer's
lawyers (and Jesse Jackson, who has surprise!
interjected himself in this shakedown). They've filed a $100
million lawsuit against the Vikings. No matter that out-of-shape
Stringer was up to a bloated 335-pounds. Newspaper photos showed
him doubling over, gasping for breath during drills that
in-shape athletes finessed.
Mrs. Stringer is a "victim," and instead of quietly
dealing with her grief, everyone else must pay for this woman
"scorned" by the Vikings. Costs of the suit will be
passed on to Vikings' ticket-buying fans who, unlike wealthy
Mrs. Stringer, are mostly working-class stiffs.
Don't feel sorry for Juanita Jordan divorcing wife of
basketball great, Michael either. According to the New York
Post, she put up with his affairs for years, tailing him with a
What did she expect? Her own marriage was the result of a
tawdry, litigious affair. She met Michael at Bennigan's
restaurant in Chicago in 1988, got pregnant, gave birth and
slapped him with a paternity suit. To avoid the suit, Michael
whisked her off to a tacky Vegas quickie-wedding at the Little
White Wedding Chapel in 1989. What an omen for the kind of
smarmy marriage she'd have with a philandering sports star.
But even though she had prior warning and was an operative
from the beginning in this questionable partnership, she could
win 90 percent of the Jordans' property under Illinois law.
Illinois is not a community-property state. Rather than
splitting property 50-50, fault is a factor in deciding property
division. Totally immoral, should Jordan's philandering, of
which former groupie Juanita was well aware, entitle her to 90
percent of his worth? Is she really a victim? Under the law,
The song, "The Sisters Are Doing it For
Themselves," is bogus. Just look on the sports pages and
the overburdened courthouses. For these newest Anna Nicole
Smiths, The Sisters Are Suing it For Themselves. The litigation
Lolitas will get their big payday in court.
Debbie Schlussel is
a political commentator and attorney. She is a frequent guest on
ABC's "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher" and Fox
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