Cynthia Shackelford Sues Anne Lundquist: Wife Sues Mistress
Cynthia Shackelford Received $9 Million From Anne Lundquist, Her Husband's Mistress, for Ruining Their Marriage
Cynthia Shackelford from North Carolina, used a law that is centuries old, to sue her husband's lover for 'alienation of affection' according to The Times, for breaking up their marriage.
Anne Lundquist has now been ordered to pay $9 million in total, $5 million in compensatory damages and $4 million in punitive damages. Cynthia Shackelford had been married to her husband for 33 years and told Good Morning America that she did this for all women to have their eyes on someone's husband, that they should not come between any couple.
“As long as a couple are living together as man and wife, same house, same bedroom, same bed: lay off.” she said. “My children are devastated. I’m devastated.”
Cynthia's husband, Allan Shackelford, 62, is a lawyer and started having an affair with Anne Lundquist in November 2004 when he was giving legal advice at the North Carolina college where she worked. Ms. Shackelford said that Ms. Lundquist deliberately seduced her husband and she even hired a private investigator to follow the couple while they were having an affair.
Cynthia split from her husband in 2005 and he was ordered to pay $5,000 a month in alimony but she claims he has yet to pay.
Mr Shackelford says that he and his wife had a troubled marriage before he met Ms Lundquist, 49, and had gone through three rounds of failed counselling. “Their marriage did not break up because of Anne Lundquist,” he wrote in a post on the Greensboro News-Record’s website.
Aside from North Carolina, only six other states still have the 'alienation of affection' statue.