'I was tricked Into getting wife pregnant'
The real estate businessman fighting a HK$5.5 billion claim for maintenance said yesterday his ex-wife tricked him into making her pregnant after he made it clear he had no desire for a child and wanted them to separate.
The man, who can only be identified by his initials LKKS, also told the Court of First Instance he had seen his daughter, who is now three years old, only twice and had no desire to see her again.
The court heard that the man's father had made it a requirement that LKKS produce a male heir before he could claim his father's estate.
The husband was giving evidence against his ex-wife, identified by the initials TCWF, who is claiming 55 per cent of his assets.
He said his wife tricked him because it was the woman's task to keep track of the 'pregnancy calendar' to avoid having a baby.
'She didn't tell me that it would be a [risky] time [to have sex],' the businessman said.
The court heard that they did not practise birth control other than the withdrawal method.
Charles Howard QC, for the woman, asked: 'You are saying you were tricked into an accident.'
'Yes,' the man replied.
He said his wife 'strongly expressed' her wish to have a baby after they watched a television programme about the difficulties ageing women experience in getting pregnant and the risks of giving birth to a mentally defective baby.
He said she had told him that if they didn't have a child together she would have one with someone else.
The court heard that her pregnancy was the catalyst for their divorce, which came after she discovered he was having affairs.
While she was pregnant he chartered a boat and met up with a woman he knew before and committed adultery.
He gave her $530,000 a month (it was not made clear in court in which currency) before his daughter was born in February 2008.
When his wife found out she was pregnant, the court heard, her husband gave her an ultimatum - either she have an abortion or their marriage was over.
The woman, who is a lawyer, had found this an 'impossible proposition'.
The man told the court that he had decided to separate from his wife before she was pregnant, but her lawyers suggested the marriage did not break down until an attempt at reconciliation failed after she gave birth.
Also at issue is whether the ex-husband was a 'big spender', as portrayed by his former wife as she demands HK$32 million a year to maintain the standard of living to which she says she and her daughter are accustomed.
She has told the court she needs HK$5 million a year for clothes, HK$691,000 for a nanny in Britain, HK$140,000 a year for dog food and HK$2.4 million a year in 'recreation expenditure'.
The court heard that at one point the husband had a Boeing business jet, two yachts, 28 cars and US$30 million worth of wine, among other items.
The court also has to determine the size of the ex-husband's assets. Although he said he was a billionaire, he suggested that the real estate business he ran in Japan was in fact his father's and that it should not be counted as marital assets when assessing the amount of assets he should share with his former wife.
He brushed aside her suggestion that he spent excessively, saying that the Boeing jet and two yachts were 'essential tools' for business purposes and not a hobby. He said he could not make deals in an office.
The man also said he would be nothing without his father's financial help and expertise and said the jet and the yachts were family assets.
The hearing continues before Mr Justice John Saunders.