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Millionaire divorce payout online

The Dean divorce website
Gary Dean said gossips had branded him greedy

A millionaire businessman has silenced critics who passed comments on his divorce settlement by publishing the details on the internet.

Gary Dean, 47, of St Michaels, Fylde in Lancashire, said gossips who branded him "tight" forced him to reveal his payout after leaving wife Helen.

Mr Dean set up the website, The Truth About Helen Louise Dean Vs Gary Dean, to set the record straight.

The pair, who have four children, divorced after 19 years of marriage.

On the site, Mr Dean states, "Over the course of the last year I have been subject to gossip about my divorce, some of it just silly tittle-tattle, and some of it malicious.

"Much of this is circulated and perpetuated by people who haven't got a clue of what the truth is.

"They are just making wild guesses, or making it up, or are misinformed, or are making false claims irrespective of whether such claims have any basis in truth. It's a bad case of Chinese Whispers."

Gary Dean
I'd rather it be unnecessary, but if it stops the gossip, the sneering looks and the seriously defamatory comments being made about me it will have been worth it
Gary Dean

Mr Dean said he had been painted as "tight" and "greedy" who "abandoned my wife and children, walking off with millions and leaving my family almost destitute".

"It's simply not true at all and I've decided that instead of allowing the rumour-mill to continue churning out nonsense I'd just set out the actual facts to stop it," he said.

Mr Dean paid a lump sum of 3,719,000 plus 15,000 per child per year until the age of 17 years or the end of full time education.

He will also pay school fees and Mrs Dean keeps her jewellery, two cars and two private number plates.

Mr Dean said: "I take no joy in setting this all out here.

"I'd rather it be unnecessary, but if it stops the gossip, the sneering looks and the seriously defamatory comments being made about me it will have been worth it."

Mr Dean, who now lives with another partner, said he had had no reaction yet after the details went on the internet.

"I have heard nothing. Not one call. I don't know if that's good or bad," he said.


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