NASCAR's France sues ex-wife, alleges extortion attempt

NASCAR's France sues ex-wife, alleges extortion attempt

NASCAR chairman Brian France

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by Gary L. Wright / Charlotte Observer

Gary L. Wright / Charlotte Observer

Posted on April 15, 2011 at 3:25 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR chairman Brian France has sued his former wife, accusing her of tape recording telephone conversations to extort money from him.

In a lawsuit filed Friday, Brian France claims his ex-wife, Megan France, has recorded multiple telephone conversations with him without his consent. He is asking a federal judge to issue an injunction barring Megan France from engaging in additional "intercepts of wire communications" between the two and of distributing the contents of the recordings.

Brian and Megan France have been married and divorced twice, Brian France noted in his lawsuit. Their second divorce was finalized on April 29, 2008.

Since their second divorce, France says he and his ex-wife have continued to have regular discussions over financial and custodial affairs -- particularly about their two minor children

"Throughout this time, on information and belief, defendant has engaged in a pattern and practice of illegally tape recording conversations with plaintiff, without his knowledge or consent, for the purpose of extorting money and other concessions from plaintiff," the lawsuit alleges.

"Defendant has threatened to disclose these illegal recordings to third parties and thereby damage Mr. France in his personal capacity as well as in his professional capacity as Chairman and CEO of NASCAR."

Brian France alleges his ex-wife has offered not to disclose the records -- keeping them private -- if he pays her "substantial sums of money."

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