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13 August 2012

Guru to the stars in court over 'common law divorce'

A new-age guru to the stars is being sued by the mother of his child in a unique bid to secure a "common law divorce" payout, reports The Telegraph.

Simon Brown, who says his teachings "come from a place of love", is disputing the mother of his 16-year-old son's right to a share of his wealth or the £500,000 home they shared for more than 15 years, despite her claim that they were "man and wife" in all but a legal sense.

Mr Brown, who practices holistic health therapies and counts Boy George and Alicia Silverstone amongst his celebrity clients, is facing a High Court claim for half of his flat in West London, half the value of his collection of classic Jaguar cars and half the royalties for two of his books since September 2010, from former partner Dragana Brown, 48.

Ms Brown, a macrobiotic chef who co-authored a cookery book with Boy George, claims that the guru told her that she "need not worry" about their home being in his sole name "as she was protected as a common law wife" should they split up.

However when the couple parted ways in 2008, after a "serious and committed relationship" which lasted 15 years and produced a child, Mr Brown told his former partner that she had "no legal or beneficial interest" in his flat, his cars or the books.

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