WHAT IS A MISTRESS WORTH?
Whenever I’m faced with a moral dilemma I like to put myself in the shoes of those involved.
In this case, the shoes would be a pair of red, patent stilettos or maybe black, thigh high-boots.
You see, if I’d resigned from my lucrative job as an escort and instead taken on one client full-time, was meeting all my performance targets and exceeding in my position as high-class mistress, I’d expect to be shown the money.
If my lover was one of the richest men in Australia, I’d expect that when he died he’d take care of me.
I’d expect a payout, a pension of sorts, in recognition of a job, or “jobs” (in this case), well done.
I would have also got that in writing, I mean, c’mon it’s a working relationship isn’t it?
Except of course, I’m not an exclusive escort, I’ve never been paid to have sex, I’ve never been able to walk in a pair of stilettos and while I loathe to speak ill of the dead, I still have standards.
So, I have Buckley’s chance of understanding what was going through the mind of Madison Ashton (left) when offering up “affection and love” to billionaire Richard Pratt, who died in April 2009.
All I do know is, if in a similar position, I would’ve got a written contract.
It may have resulted in a different outcome for Ms Ashton, who was left empty handed after NSW Supreme Court judge Paul Brereton ruled earlier this month that she was not entitled to a $10 million slice of the late Visy mogul’s estate.
Although Justice Brereton agreed Pratt had told Ms Ashton he would set up trust funds for her two children and provide an annual allowance, the “mistress” arrangement was not legally binding.
Still on Pratt, his other mistress Shari-Lea Hitchcock (left with Pratt) also lost a recent court battle to secure more than $60 million in property.
She too has been locked in a legal tussle with widow Jeanne Pratt to obtain a bigger slice of his estimated $5 billion fortune, on behalf of her daughter Paula Hitchcock, fathered by Pratt in 1997.
In his will, he left them nearly $30 million dollars worth of shares and a number of properties. Evidently, they don’t think that’s adequate.
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