'King of Shoes' Patrick Tang Kim-kwan started a court fight yesterday to recover ownership of four properties he bought for his ex-mistress. Tang, 69, was said to be 'sad and embarrassed' by Karen Lee Chi-ting's fling with former Mr Hong Kong and TV actor Francois Huynh, also known as Wong Cheung-fat, that sparked a media frenzy in 2009. 'If she had another man, she should be supported by that man,' Tang's lawyer Chan Kam-chuen cited the businessman as saying. Tang, head of the shoe-trading empire ATG Sourcing and who has an estimated fortune of HK$2 billion, asked the Court of First Instance to declare that Lee, 42, was no longer a joint owner of a flat at Marina Cove, Sai Kung. He claimed that because she was 'unfaithful', she had breached the conditions of her half-ownership. Tang is also claiming the proceeds from the sale of a property in Metro Harbour View, West Kowloon, and the ownership of two others - in Royal Peninsula, Hung Hom, and Cheuk Nang Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui. But he is not trying to recover HK$3.1 million of jewellery and HK$4.2 million in cash he also gave Lee. The court heard he had a 'physical relationship' with Lee just 10 days after they met in 2002. But Tang, a World Outstanding Chinese Award recipient, had a tangled love life, juggling a wife and two mistresses. The court heard he arranged for both Lee and his other mistress, Bessie Lau, to attend his son's wedding banquet, believing that no one would know of their relationship to him. Tang and Lee, who have an eight-year-old daughter, ended their seven-year relationship after the scandal over her affair with Huynh, which lasted only about six months. Tang argues that the funds he provided for Lee to buy the properties were in fact loans and Lee was holding the properties in trust. But Lee argues that Tang was 'madly in love with her' and the properties were among gifts he showered upon her. Tang gave her a monthly allowance of HK$50,000 to cover living expenses and paid the mortgages, the court heard. Chan said his client did not have a long-term plan for his relationship with Lee. Tang was said to be aware of the age difference between them and was concerned that Lee was with him only for his money. Tang was also wary of Lee's financially unsound family background. The court heard that Lee's father had been jailed, her brother was bankrupt and that Lee had been unemployed for a long time. Tang seldom stayed at Lee's residence overnight. When asked by Lee's lawyer why he didn't feel awkward when arranging his mistresses to attend his son's grand wedding banquet in 2002, Tang said: 'If you are talking about underground girlfriends, it was a secret and no one knew them.' Tang would use Lee's initials KL when he recorded his cheque payments to her so his wife did not discover his extra-marital affair. The hearing continues before Deputy High Court Judge Anthony Houghton.