03:20 PM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 01/13/2010 07:30AM
With rumors swirling about the possible status of her marriage, Princess Caroline of Monaco dealt with her husband, Prince Ernst August of Hanover, in a German courtroom on Wednesday – and spoke up in his defense.
Barely a week after scandalous photos of Ernst August cavorting with another woman while on Christmas vacation in Thailand were published in Germany and France, the princess took the witness stand, where her appearance was considered key to Ernst August's appeal of his 2004 conviction for assault of Josef Brunlehner, owner of a disco near the prince's vacation home in Kenya.
At the time, the prince was convicted of hitting Brunlehner with a hard object because of Ernst August's displeasure with the disco's nightly music and light shows. Found guilty, Ernst August was fined more than $600,000 and charged with causing serious bodily harm.
The new case, with Princess Caroline's eyewitness testimony, is an attempt to reduce the severity of the conviction to a simple assault charge.
Originally posted 01/07/2010 08:10AM
The already-tumultuous marriage of Monaco's Princess Caroline and husband Prince Ernst August of Hanover appears to have hit a new bump with the publication Thursday of photos showing the 55-year-old Ernst August over the Christmas holiday walking the sand, sunbathing on a beach in Thailand and kissing in the surf – all with someone other than his wife, who was skiing with the couple's children in Switzerland.
In a four-page photo spread headlined "Amorous Escapade in Thailand," Thursday's editions of France's Paris-Match show Ernst August and an unidentified woman locked in an embrace. "The Prince and his friend," the publication says, "only had eyes for each other." Meanwhile, Germany's Bunte also published the photos, declaring, "Monaco's First Lady Is Being Publically Duped."
The photos raise a new round of rumors concerning a possible divorce action by Lüneburg, 52, and Caroline, the daughter of the late Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly.
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