The Tiger Woods-Elin Nordegren divorce is on like Donkey Kong – and the disgraced golfer’s long-suffering wife has taken off the kid gloves. As Celebitchy mentioned earlier, Elin is looking for a tough divorce attorney- and now we have word on who that might be. According to People, Elin has consulted with Hollywood heavy-hitter Sorrell Trope. If that name sounds familiar to you, it’s because Trope represented Britney Spears during her divorce from Kevin Federline. Granted, I think Britney got screwed in that settlement – but let’s remember that this was during the crazy, head-shaving, blowing-off-court era Britney. I don’t know if any lawyer on the planet could have managed her at that point. Trope has also represented Nicholas Cage and Nicole Kidman.
Before taking her two children with her to her native Sweden for the holidays – without husband (and father of the kids) Tiger Woods – Elin Nordegren reportedly is consulting with veteran Hollywood divorce attorney Sorrell Trope.
Having practiced since 1949 and representing everyone from the much-married screen legend Cary Grant, as well as Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage, Hugh Grant and Britney Spears, Trope has built a reputation as a hard-nosed negotiator, reports New York’s Daily News.
Speaking to the newspaper, Manhattan divorce lawyer Robert Wallack called Trope, 82, “the dean of the California matrimonial bar,” while Beverly Hills-based family law arbitrator Alexandra Leichter said, “He’s in a class of maybe 12 or 15 lawyers that handles very high-asset, high-income divorces with contentious custody cases.”
Trope did not return calls seeking comment on his alleged involvement in the Woods-Nordegren marriage, which has come under the scrutiny since it was revealed (and later confirmed by Woods himself) that the world’s No. 1 golfer has committed a series of sexual transgressions.
Photos circulated this week, showing Nordegren, 29, pumping gas into her vehicle near the couple’s home in Windermere, Fla., last Saturday, also captured the Swedish-born former nanny and mother of two (Sam, 2, and Charlie, 10 months), not wearing her wedding ring – fueling speculation of where the marriage was headed, though a source told PEOPLE the absence of the band “meant nothing.”
It really does appear as though Elin has empowered herself and started calling the shots. I like to think that the recent visit from her mom gave her the support and empowerment she needed to start making some decisions about her next move. Elin probably realized that if indeed a divorce is going to happen, Tiger can easily outspend her with his millions, so she needs to go for the jugular early. I’m envisioning that Tiger will likely have an O.J.-esque “Dream Team” of legal counsel trying to protect his assets and maybe even fight for custody of the kids. Elin is smart to align herself with a lawyer who is familiar with high-profile, potentially ugly cases.