Nina Wang was embattled in the legal battle with her father-in-law over her husband's huge estate in the final years of her life. She claimed final victory in October with the court awarding her legal costs - six months before she died. Wang Din-shin, 96, could not be reached for comment yesterday. He has not shown up since a court ordered him to pay the HK$560 million costs associated with the case, which lasted almost a decade. The Wang family was one of the richest in Hong Kong and had strived to maintain a low profile, but the litigation changed all that and made public a number of smears. Allegations of sex, lies, abuse and a myriad personal anecdotes - even nicknamed such as 'silly pig' that Wang called his wife - emerged in the hearing. In August 2001, Wang senior told a probate hearing that Nina Wang had confessed to having an affair in 1968 with a warehouse boss. The pictures, he claimed, were taken by a private investigator hired at the request of his son, who was so outraged by the affair that he wanted to kill the boyfriend. Mr Wang said his daughter-in-law had a 'wicked heart' and claimed she carried contraceptive pills despite his son being infertile. When talking to the media he was similarly unsparing in his complaints about Nina Wang not being a good wife. Hitting back through her lawyer, Nina Wang accused her father-in-law of being a womaniser, an opium-smoker and of mismanaging Chinachem. When the court saga finally ended in Nina Wang's favour, Mr Wang's lawyer, Albert Tsang, said outside court: 'We are very disappointed and our client is very disappointed.' He said losing was like 'being thrown off a cliff', adding: 'It is the end of the road in litigation, it's the final appeal, so there is nowhere else we can go.' Then, in a final twist in what appeared to be a conciliatory move during the last months of her life, Wang decided in November that she would not pursue her father-in-law for the legal costs.