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U.K. Actor, Financier Spar Over Settlement at Partnership's End

U.K. Actor, Financier Spar Over Settlement at Partnership's End

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Don Gallagher, who starred in the London stage version of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and financial analyst Peter Lawrence "are embroiled in the first legal battle over the division of assets following the break-up of a civil partnership" in the U.K., the London Evening Standard reports.

A judge last year awarded Gallagher a settlement of PS1.7 million in cash and property, which Lawrence is appealing, claiming it is excessive. In an appeals court this week, Lawrence's attorney said the calculations of his client's net worth should not have included an apartment he bought before the two met.

Gallagher's lawyers said he deserves the settlement because he handled most of the household operations for the couple and turned down acting jobs to renovate their country home, which he was awarded after their split.

Gallagher, 54, appeared as Bernice, the aging transgender woman played by Terence Stamp in the film, in the West End production of Priscilla. He and Lawrence, 47, an equity analyst for JPMorgan, broke up after being in a civil partnership for seven months, but they had been together for 11 years before formalizing their union.

The three judges who heard the appeal said they would rule at an unspecified later date, the Standard reports.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.