A North Carolina judge has ordered a man to pay $8.8 million after he was sued by the husband with whose wife he was having an affair. Keith King, the jilted husband, felt that his marriage had been destroyed by the actions of Francisco Huizar III, who he claimed had engaged in “criminal conversation and alienation of affection.” As such, he decided to file a lawsuit against him. In a surprising turn of events, Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson took King’s side in the case and awarded him nearly nine million dollars to compensate for the emotional damages caused by the affair.
According to The Herald-Sun of Durham, King was able to prove that Huizar had ended his relationship with his wife by providing text messages, Facebook posts, phone records, and hotel receipts to the court. In most cases, this would not be the grounds for any sort of compensation or even a trial but North Carolina is one of the few states remaining, along with Hawaii, Illinois, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Utah, where a spouse can sue someone who has an affair with their partner. It’s the type of lawsuit that rarely happens but in this case, it could cost Huizar millions.
Joanne Foil, King’s attorney, argued that the affair had cost her client revenue, as well as an employee since King’s wife was previously working for BMX Stunt Shows, which King owns. Huizar and King’s wife met at a BMX show but Cheri Patrick, Huizar’s attorney, argued that King’s relationship with his wife was irreconcilable long before she met Huizar. Unsurprisingly, Huizar is expected to appeal the decision, as there is little precedent for someone being forced to pay such a high sum of money for their part in the dissolution of a marriage.