The reason that this ridiculous law even came up was the fact that now a celebrity could be on the receiving end of one of these lawsuits. The 2004 "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino could become a defendant in an Alienation of Affection suit. Paula Cook is accusing Ms. Barrino of having an affair with her husband Antwuan Cook. They were photographed together and are said to have had a relationship. If Ms. Barrino could prove that she had no idea that Mr. Cook was married, then she might have a chance. If the claim is legitimate and Mrs Cook wins, then she stands to gain quite a bit of money from Ms. Barrino.
Believe it or not, there are precedents in this type of proceeding. About 200 claims are filed each year in North Carolina alone. In 2001, Christine Cooper won a $2 million decision against her husband's alleged ladylove. And more recently, in March 2010, a 60 year old Cynthia Shackleford was awarded $9 million after suing her husband's mistress for allegedly breaking up her 33 year old marriage. There have been bills introduced to abolish this law but the bills were never passed by legislators.
I absolutely do not agree with this law because I feel that it is the cheating spouses fault. The spouse decided to go down that road knowing all along that is was wrong. They were not forced nor coerced into breaking their marriage vows. They did it of their own free will. I feel that this is just a way to get revenge on the other person. What do you think?