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Judge Kimba Wood Files For Divorce, Cites Lack of Sex

May 22, 1996 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood, dubbed by tabloids as the ``Love Judge″ for her alleged affair with a married millionaire, has filed for divorce on grounds her husband withheld sex from her for at least a year.

The federal judge, who was once on President Clinton’s short list for attorney general, sued Time magazine political columnist Michael Kramer for divorce last week, citing ``constructive abandonment.″

Wood has been caught up in publicity since last August when she was named ``the other woman″ in the bitter divorce of Wall Street financier Frank Richardson.

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Richardson’s wife of 22 years sued for divorce after reading details of her husband’s alleged trysts with Wood in his handwritten diaries.

Kramer’s lawyer, Larry Pollack, denied the allegation of a lack of sex, saying long settlement talks had broken down over finances.

``It’s a fight over money, and not a lot of money,″ Pollack said in today’s New York Post.

The Post, citing sources close to the case, said the judge, who is paid $133,600 a year, wants Kramer to pay maintenance on her condo and school and medical expenses for their 9-year-old son. She also wants Kramer to pay an additional $1,500 month for miscellaneous expenses, the sources said.

In 1993, Wood was asked by the White House to withdraw her name from consideration as U.S. attorney general candidate when a background check revealed she had hired an illegal alien to care for her son. The hiring was not illegal at the time.