If chivalry really is dead, maybe the Police Service should consider bringing in Sport Minister Darryl Smith for questioning.
The Diego Martin Central MP set a new mark for family values today—and Mr Live Wire is thinking ‘skid mark’—when he took to Facebook to threaten to throw his wife of 12 years and mother of his four children out of the family home.
Smith’s public threat followed the leaking of a video which showed the super-sized sweetman getting frisky with former Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs PRO Kate Balthazar.
“Frisky” is relative, of course. Smith lay on his back on a couch—as though waiting for the tide to come back in—while Kate did all the legwork. Minus the kissing, it was probably a perfect metaphor for his time as Sport Minister so far.
Smith, who blamed his “ex wife” for the leaked video, claimed to be setting the record straight via the social media.
“The facts are as follows: I am the person in the video footage inside my own home,” stated Smith, who would have been spot on if he stopped right there. But he didn’t.
“It is imperative to note,” said the Sport Minister, “that my marriage was dissolved by Order of the Family Court more than seven (7) months ago…”
Only, it wasn’t. Smith began divorce proceedings in early 2017 but, Wired868 was reliably informed, is still married and will be for another two months at least.
The Sport Minister is separated but not divorced. But, like most politicians, he tried to have it both ways. So, without explicitly using the word “divorced” in his press statement, he referred to his partner as “ex-wife”.
Not that Smith trying to have it both ways would come as a surprise to anyone who has followed his exploits at the Sport Ministry.
The inconvenient truth that Smith also neglected to mention in his statement was that the romantic interlude with his former employee—she has since swapped ministries—was taking place in the house that he shares, at present, with his wife while she was out.
Presumably without irony, Smith also said “my entire focus continues to be on the emotional well-being of my children” and followed that up with “my attorneys have written to [my wife] again, advising her that an application for an exclusion order will be forthcoming.”
So Smith will petition the court to have his wife and four children—ages nine, eight, six and three—tossed out ahead of schedule on the alleged grounds that she embarrassed him by leaking footage of what he got up to in their home.
Too bad Justice Rolston Nelson can’t take that one.
On Friday December 22nd 2017, specific video footage from my home security system was taken by my ex-wife and leaked via social media.
It is imperative to note that my marriage was dissolved by Order of the Family Court more than seven (7) months ago.[…] My entire focus continues to be on the emotional well-being of my children but I have now been forced by this leak and the further embellishment of this story to clarify the facts.
The facts are as follows:
- I am the person in the video footage inside my own home.
- This was a family setting in which my father and other family members were present. The rest of video footage (deliberately not leaked) clearly portrays context.
- It is uncanny that the footage was leaked on the very day that the financial aspect of my divorce was finalised.
It is very unfortunate and quite sad, (but not the first time) that my ex-wife has revealed personal information to try and destabilise the family unit in this manner. Given that, my attorneys have written to her again, advising her that an application for an exclusion order will be forthcoming.
Equally as shameful, but not surprisingly (sic), is that some of my political opponents on social media have chosen to use this to pontificate and preach about moral behaviour in public office for their own myopic and self-serving agendas.
I want to thank my family, friends, constituents and all of my well wishers for the numerous texts and calls of support.