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A judge ruled last week that a man’s affair with a woman from Durham should cost him about $9 million.

Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson ruled in favor of Keith King and awarded him $8.8 million in compensatory and punitive damages in the case against Francisco Huizar III who had an affair with King’s wife.

King had sued Huizar for, among other complaints, criminal conversation and alienation of affection. North Carolina is one of seven states where jilted spouses can sue affair partners. Hawaii, Illinois, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Utah are the other states.

King claims his marriage was destroyed by Huizar’s wrongful and malicious actions.

King proved his case by submitting text messages, Facebook posts, and hotel receipts to prove the affair between his wife and Huizar.

Attorney Joanne Foil says the affair and an alleged assault by Huizar cost King’s company, BMX Stunt Shows, revenue and an employee, as his wife worked for the company.

Huizar’s attorney, Cheri Patrick, says the Kings’ marriage was damaged before Huizar met the wife at a BMX show. Patrick says King was controlling and manipulative.

Huizar plans to appeal.

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