A New York City woman who was getting $850 a month in alimony because she was supposedly disabled and unable to work had her payments slashed after her ex-husband spotted online photos of her belly dancing.
Brian McGurk went to court after discovering a blog that showed his 43-year-old ex-wife dancing at a gallery.
In other internet postings, she wrote about dancing vigorously for several hours every day. Dorothy McGurk told the court that the dancing was physical therapy for injuries she suffered in a car accident in the mid-1990s. A county judge didn't buy it — and reduced her payments to $400 per month. The judge also ordered her to pay her ex-husband's legal fees and 60 percent from the sale of their home. "I wasn't really belly-dancing in them," Dorothy McGurk, 43, told the News on Saturday. "I was posing. In some of them I was moving a veil around with my arms, but I wasn't belly-dancing."
I wish I could be a professional belly dancer," she said, "but it's just not possible." She said the photos showed her and another woman, but that only the other woman was dancing. "My girlfriend in front of me was belly-dancing with a sword," she said, refusing to provide the photos. "I was just standing behind her waving a veil."
"The only thing I do are gentle exercises," she said.