US woman, Chinese divorce after high-profile case

Kim Lee (centre) speaks to media after a court ruling on her high-profi le divorce at the Chaoyang District People's Court in Beijing on Sunday. The court granted Lee properties worth more than 12 million yuan (S$2.4million) and custody of her three daughters.

CHINA - The high-profile divorce of Li Yang, founder of the controversial "Crazy English" schools, and Kim Lee has ended with Li's extensive property portfolio being forfeited as compensation.

Kim, Li's former wife, will receive properties worth more than 12 million yuan (S$2.4 million) from Li and have custody of their three daughters, under the verdict of the Chaoyang District People's Court in Beijing on Sunday.

Li was not present in court to hear the verdict.

The court confirmed Li had been violent with his wife, who is from the United States, and ordered him to pay her 50,000 yuan (S$9,900) compensation for mental anguish and 100,000 yuan(S$19,600) in child support per child every year, until they are 18.

The court granted Lee's request for a personal protection order, in line with the revised Civil Procedure Law, forbidding Li from threatening the 40-year-old Kim.

If Li disobeys the order, he could be detained, fined or even face a criminal charge.

Lee wiped away tears several times as the judge announced the verdict and she also sighed loudly when the judge said she will have custody of her three daughters.

She asked the media to give her a minute to calm down after the court hearing.

She told China Daily that she was very satisfied with the result and she was happy to have custody of her children.

"What I most want to say is 'don't hit wives'," she said, adding that she will live with her children in China, because the girls have been educated in the country.

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