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Mr Bean star Rowan Atkinson’s wife granted divorced on grounds of his ‘unreasonable behaviour’

ACTOR Rowan Atkinson’s wife has been granted a divorce on the grounds of his “unreasonable behaviour”.

The Mr Bean and Blackadder star was not present at the brief proceedings in central London.

Estranged wife Sunetra was granted a decree nisi against the 60-year-old by a district judge at the Central Family Court.

Atkinson married the make-up artist in 1990.

Divorce papers made public today did not give any details relating to the unreasonable behaviour ground.

Listed as Atkinson S D v R S, the case was the fourth in a list of 26 before District Judge Stephen Alderson for decrees and orders to be made under the “quickie” procedure.

The County Durham-born actor and his wife, who have two children, are reported to have split last year.

Andrew Newbury, head of family law at Slater and Gordon, said: “Unreasonable behaviour is the most common ground for divorce.

“Even in the happiest of marriages, it’s always possible to find behaviour which can be described as unreasonable.”

Mr Newbury said such behaviour could include complaints that “she talks too much”, or “he never listens”, or that a husband “always wants to go out with friends”.

He added: “Although described as granting a divorce, the divorce itself won’t be made final until Sunetra Atkinson applies for the decree absolute.

“She can do that six weeks after today. She may well be advised by her lawyers to delay the application until the financial settlement has been agreed. It could be many months before the divorce is final.”

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Scientology Takes Legal Hit In Ongoing Harassment Suit

David Miscavige’s church denied claim that actions were free speech-protected.

It’s been a rough stretch for the Church of Scientology amid the release of Leah Remini‘s tell all book, and now the church has taken another hit in a legal fight with another prominent opponent, Monique Rathbun.

Rathbun (who herself has never been a member of the church) is the wife of former high-ranking Scientology official Marty Rathbun, who left the church under hostile circumstances 11 years ago.

In a 2013 suit she filed in Texas, Monique said that the church — which she called a “notorious, multi-billion dollar cult” — had harassed her and her husband, and had them under surveillance, on orders from the church’s controversial leader, David Miscavige.

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According to Scientology watchdog Tony Ortega‘s blog, Rathbun claimed a legal win after the Texas Third Court of Appeals denied the church’s legal appeal of a ruling from a lower court. The church in 2014 filed an “anti-SLAPP” motion in the ongoing litigation, saying that the religious-based conflict was protected under free speech.

After the initial motion was shot down by Comal County District Judge DibWaldrip, the church appealed to the Third Court of Appeals — which denied the church’s request, saying it had not proven that Rathbun’s claims were “based on, related to, or in response to” their protected free speech.

Leslie Hyman, a member of Monique’s legal team, said that “we are very pleased that the court saw through the church’s attempt to recast into protected activity Monique’s complaints of stalking and harassment and the church’s attempt to shield its wrongdoing with a Texas statute not meant for that purpose.”

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Legal experts told Ortega’s blog that the decision handed down was overwhelmingly in Rathbun’s favor, expect for its denial of her request to have them pay for her legal fees.

The church still has the option of petitioning the Texas Supreme Court to appeal the court’s latest ruling.

As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Marty Rathbun — a one-time “inspector general for ethics” who defected in 2004 after 27 years in the church — slammed Miscavige as having “a complete narcissistic psychotic personality” in a deposition, and compared him to notorious historical figures Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Ayatollah Khomeini.

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“That doesn’t connote hate or dislike, it just is what it is,” he said. “There’s parallels in their behavior that are very direct.”

Full Article – http://radaronline.com/celebrity-news/scientology-lawsuit-monique-rathbun-legal-win/