With the recent events in which General Petraeus has resigned after his affair with biographer Paula Broadwell, national attention is turning to the “other other woman” who received emails from Broadwell which caused that woman, whose name is Jill Kelley to report these emails to the authorities. Mrs. Kelley, a Tampa socialite married to a surgeon, has a twin sister named Natalie Khawam who was apparently embroiled in an ugly, contested high-conflict divorce in which the court removed the children from her custody, and forced her to pay$350,000 in legal fees.
According to Huffington post, Khawam
” appears to lack any appreciation or respect for the importance of honesty and integrity in her interactions with her family, employers and others with whom she comes in contact,” he wrote in November 2011.
Not only did the judge in the case award her ex-husband custody last year of their 3-year-old son, John, but he also told Khawam to pay his legal bills amounting to $350,000. Khawam filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in April after racking up more than $3 million in debt, according to federal court records.
The status of her most recent custody appeal was not immediately known.
Khawam did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday.
Her relationship with her ex-husband, Grayson Wolfe, grew to levels of remarkable acrimony as detailed in court papers. She made repeated claims of abuse, which the judge called “an ever-expanding set of sensational accusations” against Wolfe that were “numerous,” `’extraordinary,” and, “so distorted that they defy any common sense view of reality.”
The fact that the court made these comments is extraordinary in itself. Family court judges are notoriously reticent to make decisions, and notoriously reticent to place blame upon either party, usually simply going with the standard “you two just need to get along” routine. What makes this case different is the fact that the case went to TRIAL, and that there was enough money to fund $350,000 in legal fees. In other words, the only real reason we are hearing about these reports that seem to indicate Khawam is a high-conflict personality (and what sounds like a horrible person) is because 1) the parties were rich and 2) she is connected to a national scandal. Otherwise, this woman would be free to terrorize anyone she felt like, without repercussions. This is frankly what is occurring in most family court proceedings where a high-conflict personality is present. Readers should note that this woman was apparently so convincing she was able to obtain letters from the Director of the CIA in support of her in the family law proceedings. So if you have been fooled by a high-conflict personality, you are in good company.
For those readers unfamiliar with the term “high conflict personality”, click the link here for more information.