YouTube divorce couple in court

April 28, 2008 4:55:20 PM PDT
She aired all the dirty laundry about her divorce on YouTube. Now, Tricia Walsh-Smith is taking her battle to court. And Monday, she released another online tirade against her soon-to-be ex-husband.

Eyewitness News reporter Nina Pineda has the story.

Her husband is divorcing her, citing inhuman and cruel behavior. She responded by putting together a video detailing intimate details about the couple's sex life and also her debt. It got about 3 million hits on the Web site. But now, her days of short-lived cyber celebrity might be shut down.

"Everyone's talking about the videos," Walsh-Smith said. "I didn't want to hurt anyone. My financial situation was dire. I couldn't afford to go the legal route. You need a lot of money for that. My husband has not been paying my credit cards."

On the defensive after airing her dirty laundry on YouTube, Walsh-Smith was told by a judge to stop bringing filming crews inside the couple's Park Avenue apartment.

"The only cruel behavior I've ever done to that man is make him have skim milk in his cappuccino," she said in the YouTube video. "And I did sneak wheat grass into his freshly made vegetable juice. I loved and adored him."

The 52-year-old actress and playwright gained instant internet notoriety after launching the six-minute video ranting about divorce proceedings from her husband, Shubert Organization president Phillip Smith. He is Broadway's largest theater owner. The latest YouTube posting has the willowy, wild-eyed blond defending herself from online accusations calling her a gold digger.

"As to comments as to 'get a job,' is there something wrong with being a homemaker in America?" she asked. "Does this mean that every woman in America that does not have a job and relies on her husband can be tossed out like a dirty rag after nine years?"

Seventy-two-year-old Philip Smith said nothing leaving court. His lawyer argued for privacy and pointed out, according the Smith's pre-nuptial agreement, she has to vacate. But she's not moving out.

"All I want is to survive and have a roof over my head," she said. "My husband still wants to evict me. If he does, I hope you'll all donate and help me buy a tent."

She doesn't have to raise money for the tent yet. She can stay in the couple's nine-room apartment that they have shared for the last nine years. That is, at least until the judge has a chance to go over preliminary divorce papers. The couple is due back in court in the next few weeks.

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