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Divorce Drama: Kirkland Partner Sues Wife re Alleged Affair & STD

Posted Sep 22, 2008 3:19 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Private equity partner Frederick Tanne of Kirkland & Ellis was already expecting a difficult year because of the market slowdown.

But now it's clearly gotten worse. The 48-year-old New York lawyer has sued his wife, Amy, 46, in Manhattan Supreme Court, contending that she gave him a sexually transmitted disease she contracted during an affair with a Westchester County accountant, reports the New York Post. Frederick Tanne claims he learned of the alleged affair in May. At that time, public records show, he moved from the couple's Westchester County home to an apartment on Park Avenue and filed for divorce.

The lawsuit also names as defendants his wife's alleged lover, contending that the accountant knowingly transmitted his herpes to her without informing her of his infection as required by law, and his wife's father, a physician, contending that he treated his daughter and conspired with her to hide the infidelity and infection, the newspaper writes.

However, Amy Tanne's father tells the Post that his daughter doesn't have herpes and never had an affair. "This is pure nonsense," says Dr. Samuel Messing. "I prescribed Valtrex for a cold sore on her lip. She never had a cold sore until she married him."

Amy Tanne, who apparently also is an attorney, according to the Am Law Daily, declined to comment, the Post reports.

Frederick Tanne is seeking an unspecified amount of compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

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