Swirl Gone Wrong Exclusive: “Engaged” RGIII Still Battling It Out In Divorce Court With Estranged Wife
He may have recently announced his engagement to his heavily pregnant girlfriend, athlete Grete Sadeiko.
But make no mistake about it, Robert Griffin III is still very much married to estranged wife, Rebecca Liddicoat-Griffin, and the pair are still going at it over the terms of their acrimonious divorce, BOSSIP has learned.
Rebecca recently filed court docs showing that she’s going to need some serious coin from her husband. She said she spends almost $36,000 a month on maintaining herself, their daughter and homes in Texas and Virginia – and has been doing so without a steady source of income.
Rebecca said that Robert has cut off access to her American Express Platinum credit card and withheld money from her, which meant that she couldn’t pay her utility bills for things like “water, electricity, gas, cable television, landscaping, internet and pool service,” according to court records obtained by BOSSIP show.
The unemployed mother of one said that she has to bills like $1,000 for “recreation, clubs and entertainment,” $400 for groceries and $5,000 in monthly credit card bills.
The estranged wife has asked the court to force Robert to pay temporary child support and alimony, her attorney fees – and let her have use of the platinum credit card again.
But Robert has refused to hand over his financial info to her, saying that he wants the case heard through arbitration and not the courts, and he’ll give his income information to the arbitrator when the time comes, according to court docs.
The injured Cleveland Browns player filed for divorce in Sept. 2016, citing that his three-year marriage was irretrievably broken, and there was no chance for a reconciliation. The pair has a toddler daughter, Reese Ann Griffin, together.
A judge has yet to rule on alimony or child support, but negotiations between the two went further downhill after Robert tried to force the case to go to an arbitrator instead of a judge, who would decide the matter outside of the courts. Rebecca, meanwhile, wanted to keep the case in the courts and asked the judge to step in.
Robert claimed that the exes signed a prenup that specified that they’d go through arbitration on any “claim or controversy arising out of the agreement.” But Rebecca’s lawyers argued that arbitration was improper, because of certain issues, like child custody and child support, weren’t in the prenup and cannot be arbitrated.
Rebecca’s lawyer questioned whether Robert recently stepping out with his new pregnant boo while still married was the reason why Robert wanted the case handled out of court.
“Perhaps Petitioner’s conduct as of late is the reason why he is trying to avoid a judge or jury hearing these issues,” Rebecca’s lawyer wrote in a letter obtained by BOSSIP.
“It is further evident that Petitioner is trying to bully Respondent like he did in the procurement of the Premarital Agreement so that she will not be able to exercise her right to a trial before the Court or a trial by jury on the significant issue of conservatorship of the child, among other issues in this case.”
The judge agreed to block the arbitration, and now Robert is now appealing.
We’ve reached out to lawyers for both Robert and Rebecca for comment.