McGreevey, wife argue over alleged trysts

April 30, 2008 4:11:12 AM PDT
Ex-Gov. Jim McGreevey's wife wants to bar testimony in their divorce trial from a former male aide who claims he had sexual trysts with the couple. John Post, a lawyer for Dina Matos McGreevey, argues in court papers that the testimony of former campaign aide Teddy Pedersen is "irrelevant," "inflammatory," "far-fetched" and should not be allowed.

McGreevey lawyer Stephen Haller contends that Pedersen's testimony is relevant to disproving Matos McGreevey's claim that she was duped into marrying a gay man with political ambitions.

Matos McGreevey argues that Jim McGreevey concealed his sexual identity, which amounts to fraud and entitles her to more money in the divorce. She is seeking $600,000 for time should would have spent at the governor's mansion as first lady had he not resigned in disgrace in 2004.

Pedersen said in sworn testimony that he participated in regular threesomes with the couple beginning in 1999 while they were dating and continuing until McGreevey became governor in 2001. The couple was married in 2000.

McGreevey has said the encounters happened. His wife denies any involvement in three-ways.

Union County Superior Court Judge Karen Cassidy will rule on the testimony and other issues when the couple's divorce trial gets under way May 6.

Pedersen, 29, said he came forward to buttress McGreevey's contention that his wife had to have known he was gay when they married. She says she had no clue, although in a book about her marriage, she acknowledged missing several signs.

"Plaintiff will testify at trial that he needed to have a disrobed male present in the room with them when the parties had sexual relations in order to maintain an erection," Haller wrote in court papers released Tuesday. "This tends to prove that plaintiff was at least bisexual, a fact which should have been obvious to defendant prior to the marriage."

Post, however, said Pedersen's testimony - even if true - proves only that the McGreeveys engaged in heterosexual activity.

"Mr. Pedersen has not and cannot even remotely corroborate plaintiff's assertion's that defendant (Matos McGreevey) knew he was gay when they married," Post wrote. "The only reason for calling him is to elicit salacious sexual testimony."

In court documents, Pedersen described his sexual encounters with the McGreeveys. He portrays a setting in which McGreevey and his future wife had sex while he watched and masturbated. In the portions of his deposition released Tuesday, he denied having sexual relations with either of the other two.

In another filing released Tuesday and first reported on The Star-Ledger of Newark's Web site, Post pointed to a deposition in which Pedersen was asked when he realized McGreevey was gay. Pedersen said he realized it the day before McGreevey announced he was gay and would resign as governor in 2004.

McGreevey met Pedersen at a gym when McGreevey was mayor of Woodbridge and Pedersen was a Rutgers student. The two have remained friendly; Pedersen was among a small group who accompanied the former governor and his partner to China last summer.

McGreevey, Matos McGreevey and Post did not return messages for comment.

Haller said McGreevey would like the case settled.

However, if there is a trial, "it is vital that all of the facts from knowledgeable persons get heard in a courtroom especially since they will forcefully contradict Mrs. McGreevey's version of the facts."