Li Yang’s now ex-wife Kim Lee outside a court in Beijing shortly after the verdict was read out in her favour.
Monumental asshole, wife beater, bully, pretend muslim, and occasional English teacher, Li Yang has been ordered by a Beijing court to pay his wife, American Kim Lee, 12 million yuan in a divorce triggered by domestic violence, Xinhua reports.
The court also approved Lee’s application for a three-month restraining order, according to sources with the Beijing Chaoyang District Court.
Li was warned not to beat or threaten Lee, otherwise he will receive punishments or criminal liability.
The court also ruled that Lee should retain custody of the couple’s three daughters, and that Li should make an annual child support payment of 100,000 yuan to each of their daughters before each turns 18.
The divorce proceedings began in October 2011, two months after Lee posted shocking photos online showing the bruises inflicted by Li. Li went on a deranged publicity campaign after his wife’s accusations were made public, admitting to beating her and slamming her head into the floor but claiming that the real villain was Lee, for airing the couple’s “dirty linen” in public. Talk show host Jin Xing called Li an “exceedingly filthy and selfish man”, a statement with which the courts apparently agree.
The court found that Li abused his wife on multiple occasions, including in February 2006 and August 2011. The court found the 2011 incident constituted domestic violence under the mainland’s marital laws, prompting the awarding of 50,000 yuan for her mental anguish.
In the child custody matter, the presiding judge consulted the couple’s eldest daughter, Li Li, 10, who said she preferred to live with her mother. The court said the children had been living with their mother, so it did not want to disrupt their lives more than necessary. The other girls are aged six and four.
It is hoped that such a high profile case will foster public debate about the need for greater protection for victims of domestic abuse. China lacks a specific national law on domestic violence, an oversight which causes “big headaches for Chinese judges in this kind of case as they have no unified judging standards and difficulty in obtaining evidence”. A Sichuan woman is due to be executed after she killed her abusive husband out of desperation after being ignored by police on numerous occasions.