‘Trophy husband’ awarded $157K from widow



A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled a so-called “trophy husband” is entitled to $157,000 in support from a wealthy former figure skater he had a long-term relationship with.

Gordon Walker sought spousal support from Valerie Brown after she ended their 14-year relationship and kicked him out of her million-dollar home in January 2012, according to the court documents posted online Tuesday.

During their time together, the now 86-year-old Brown gave him a Rolex watch, a Lexus SUV, hundreds of thousands of dollars, and took him on 60 trips around the world.

Brown was from a rich family, educated at a private all-girls school, and later became a world class figure skater and a model for art sculptures.

Her first two husbands died leaving her about $5 million in company assets and a $1.6-million home in Sechelt, B.C., court documents said.

Walker, now 66, never worked during their relationship, nor was he encouraged to do so, and prior to the pair getting together he was on and off welfare.

Brown argued that he was nothing more than a security escort as well as a “heavy baggage porter.”
But friends of the former couple said they considered them husband and wife as they entertained together in their home and travelled as a pair.

Justice Randall Wong, in a decision Friday, ruled the couple were considered spouses under the Family Relations Act, despite never being married, and awarded Walker spousal support so he could continue to have the standard of living he had become accustomed.

Wong ruled that a lump-sum payment of $157,000 would allow both parties to make a clean break.

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