Now, Evert trades barbs with Greg Norman's ex-wife

Sydney, Sep 27: Former American tennis great Chris Evert has rejected claims by Laura Andrassy, formerly Laura Norman, that she aggressively pursued her ex-husband and Australian golf champion Greg Norman.

"Yesterday's news is today's fish-and-chips wrapping," Evert declared.

Andrassy, who was married to Norman for 25 years before he began a relationship with Evert, hit back, declaring she would not be "a silent victim".

It was all played out in today's edition of the Palm Beach Post newspaper.

Evert, in an e-mail sent to the Post's page two gossip column, rejected Andrassy's claim in News Ltd newspapers at the weekend that she pursued Norman in front of Andrassy.

"Greg and I have too much dignity to respond to those untrue and bitter allegations," Evert, 53, wrote in the e-mail.

"We are very happy and we would just like everyone to get on with their lives. Yesterday's news is today's fish-and-chips wrapping," quoted her, as saying.

Evert and Norman signed the e-mail, the Post reported.

Andrassy, in a phone interview with the Post, countered Evert's claims.

"Chris knows what she did. And so does Greg. "I'm over it. I'm just not a silent victim," Andrassy, 57, said.

"By talking to the Australian press, I wanted people to know that I can speak for myself and that everything will be all right," she added.

Norman and Andrassy's 500 million dollar (571 million Australian dollars) divorce was largely settled in Florida's Martin County court earlier this month, with Andrassy reportedly receiving around half of the fortune.

Andrassy said she had a new love in her life, a pug-beagle cross named Bacchus, which she recently bought.

Andrassy has also moved away from the millionaire's paradise of Palm Beach where she lived with Norman.

She recently bought a 4.5 million dollar home in New York's beach playground, The Hamptons.

Andrassy's interviews may create a new round of legal battles.

Norman's lawyer, Martin Haines, said Andrassy, by speaking out, broke the confidentiality deal she and Norman signed.

Andrassy's lawyer, Jack Scarola, was dismissive of the threat.

"She strictly abided by it. She didn't talk about the financial aspect," he said.



Story first published: Thursday, September 27, 2007, 12:26 [IST]
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