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Larry King's Wife: He Never Got Me That Necklace

4/15/2010 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sources directly connected with Larry King and Shawn Southwick tell TMZ Shawn believes Larry has been having an affair with her sister for 5 years ... and the cover was blown when Shawn checked his Visa statement.

larry king  and his wife Shawn Southwick
One source intimately familiar with the situation tells us Larry bought wildly expensive gifts for Shannon Engemann, including a $160,000 car and "tons of gifts from Cartier."  We're told Larry used his credit card to purchase many of the gifts. The credit card bills were paid by Larry's business manager. 

We're told Shawn started looking at the statements, saw a Cartier diamond necklace, and then told a friend, "He never gave me a diamond necklace."

So began 5 years of never-ending drama.  Friends tell TMZ there were numerous instances where the couple was fighting, sometimes physically.  One friend recalls an incident outside of Nate 'n Al in Beverly Hills a year and a half ago where the couple was "punching each other."

As we first reported, several years ago Larry attempted to save their marriage by transferring 3 homes -- including the one in Beverly Hills -- into Shawn's name alone, to show his commitment to the marriage.

Friends tell TMZ Shawn went into a "deep depression" for a long time and literally wouldn't leave the house. 

Ironically, in the last two weeks, friends felt things were "calming down" between Larry and Shawn.

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46.

sal    

that's what he gets for being a dirty old man

1616 days ago
47.

Mindy    

Why the hell do these men get married????????????????????????????? And yes Charlie Sheen, I'm talking to you.

1616 days ago
48.

Schmange    

Oh come on.... nobody in their right mind would have sex with that guy unless he was covered in money.

1616 days ago
49.

Tell It    

Not because you have money doesn't mean you don't want more, like Cathrine Zeta Jones. Not all the time what you think people have is actually true. She is a gold digger like some of his other wives. He is UGGGly, old and so skinny... he looks disgusting. Now she got some extra cash, she can go find someone close to her age.

1616 days ago
50.

Mindy    

I bet she got a lot of pearl necklaces

1616 days ago
51.

whatsgoingon    

Wow, your own sister! That's gotta hurt.

1616 days ago
52.

Donna    

Larry, after EIGHT marriages, maybe it's time to realize that MAYBE it's YOU who are the problem and that maybe you really aren't marriage material after all! Don't men like Larry King and Hugh Hefner realize that "there is no fool like an old fool" and that they look stupid being married to or sleeping with women young enough to be their great-grandaughters? Are they incapable of relating to women their own ages?

1616 days ago
53.

mary    

I think this story is B.S. Credit card statements don't state what the purchase was, just the store that it was purchased at.His wife would have no way of knowing what was purchased at the jewellry store just by looking at the statement.

1616 days ago
54.

jxtr    

It's hard to believe that he would punch her. He has always looked very frail. I can imagine her (or anyone else) easily knocking this guy over. So, I do not believe the story that would get violently physical with her.

1616 days ago
55.

Chris    

Sorry, but it doesn't specifically say on a credit card statement the items that were purchased. It only tells you how much was spent where.

1616 days ago
56.

bbbshell    

He loves him some alimony checks..he must have a full time employee just for them

1616 days ago
57.

zippy    

who really cares? i never watch larry king on cnn anyway, interupts my cartoon channel, ho w can these guys cheat on such sexy ladies? but then again who knows? maybe she is a cold fish in bed,oneof those no fun wives, ihad one got rid of her,life is too short gotta have fun, besides her sister is hot also, lol

1616 days ago
58.

Rich    

I thought Larry was a dirty old man. and guess we all know now. I hope this hurts the Larry King show now.

1616 days ago
59.

Chris    

Wow...if she punched him, I think he would fall right over, he's so old and decrepid! Perhaps with him being like 140 years old, he is forgetting things and Shawn has been buying these things and charging them to his credit card and now turns it around and tells him he didn't give her those gifts....kinda like he said in one interview, that she basically tricked him into having kids...she didn't like that one too much!

1616 days ago
60.

newprodzjev    

We can't blame Larry for his action but it's really not easy to stay this kind of person. Thanks for these post. I stumble upon your site when I search Do it Yourself Colon Cleanse.

1616 days ago
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