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What can we learn from serial celebrity break-ups, billionaire bust-ups, misbehaving spouses, pants-on challenged politicos and the ever-shifting landscape of divorce law? Question is, "What CAN'T we learn"? With latte in hand and clicky finger at the ready, dive in for the best in divorce news, views, gossip, and buzz – assembled below for your reading pleasure.

This is a divorce case that would give anyone kidney stones. Remember Dr. Richard Batista, who infamously claimed in January that the kidney he donated to his soon-to-be ex-wife Dawnell in 2001 should be considered marital property at a $1.5 million value? Well with all the publicity, now a woman has surfaced that could explain why Dawnell cheated on Batista and wanted a divorce in the first place.

Batista's former fiancée, Pamela Rathburn-Ray, says that when she was engaged to marry him in the 1980's, he hit her, "smashing my head and punching me." The real Dr. Batista, she said, is an "infantile internally raging solipsist."

According to a report on MSNBC, Rathburn-Ray added that Batista was arrested after one alleged assault in 1986 but was never convicted or jailed.

To be fair, Dawnell has never mentioned physical abuse in her comments about Batista — though she could also be protecting her children as many abused women do.

Meanwhile, Rathburn-Ray says she spoke out because it's an outrage that Batista has "shamelesly courted the media" to spew nastiness about his wife. She says she'll testify against her ex-fiance, but according to NBC, is asking a Nassau County judge to bar him from the courtroom when she does to suppress his "machismo urgings" against her.

That will unlikely happen since the law doesn't work that way.

Dominic Barbara, an attorney representing Dr. Batista in the divorce, called the former fiancée’s venting "foolish. This was from 25 years ago. Come on.” Barbara added that he'll be making a "blockbuster" statement, but so far nothing has surfaced.

Meanwhile, with a sister in arms, maybe Dawnell will feel safe to also vent why she wanted a divorce in the first place. Most women don't throw those type of grenades without a battle truly being fought. Rathburn-Ray has little to gain. And Dawnell, a nurse, certainly has wounds that she too must be nursing.
 



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