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Fantasia May Be Sued for 'Stealing Husband'

8/12/2010 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Fantasia Barrino is preparing for a possible legal war with the scorned wife of her married lover ... because Fantasia's attorney tells us under North Carolina's "archaic" domestic laws, "women can sue women for stealing husbands."

Fantasia Barrino Affair With Married Man

As we previously reported, the "American Idol" champ had been in a relationship with a man named Antwaun Cook -- who is still married to Paula Cook. Paula recently filed for divorce ... and in the legal papers, cited an "adulterous affair" between Fantasia and Antwaun.

Cook has not taken any legal action against Fantasia yet -- but Barrino's lawyer, Gena Graham Morris, tells us it very well COULD happen ... because in NC there are certain "heartbalm torts ... where a wife can sue a third party for having a relationship with her husband" -- it's called alienation of affection.

Morris adds, "The heartbalm torts arise out of the notion that women were once property that could be stolen like televisions. It is a comical irony that in 2010 women can sue women for stealing husbands."

Morris says she "hopes" Paula Cook will choose not to sue -- but in case she does, Morris vows to "vigorously defend" Fantasia.

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76.

Jodi    

She finds it "comical irony"? Hmm...wouldn't be so comical if it were HER husband she was screwing! Maybe if more people sued for this people would put a little more effort into restraining themselves and keep it in their pants, and at least try to portray the illusion of morality, and mistresses wouldn't be glorified and making millions in 2010.

1430 days ago
77.

shea    

Yall all need to read ShaeGates comments she couldn't have said it better. That is the realist thing I've read on here so far. People this not a fairy tale but real life. How many married men and women do we know personally that cheat??? Hom girl should be suing her husband. BET CASH MONEY this is not the 1st time he cheated.

1430 days ago
78.

billproject    

But its ok for alicia keys and angelina jolie??
celebrity power!!

forget becoming a politician, become a celebrity!!

you can kill(if da glove dont fit), rape, DUI, deadbeat parent, drugs, embezle, not pay taxes, etc!!!

1430 days ago
79.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm    

How can they Prove fantasia stold this woman husband. The woman shoul go after her husband not fantasia, but she fantasia should becareful in getting involved with married men,

1430 days ago
80.

LORRAINE    

Is everyone so sure that Fantasia wasn't set up by Mr. & Mrs. Cook? Seems so ironic that he worked in a mobile phone store and all the sudden he is with a "musician". How do we know that she was lied to by Cook all the way down to being taped. Sounds like a set up by the Cooks to me.....GOLD DIGGIN! 2 sides to every story...so many haters! WOW

1430 days ago
81.

Missy    

These two people were probably separated. The wife is probably making a big deal about it because it's Fantasia. Her husband was probably with other women before Fantansia but it was no big deal. If her husband can be taken away from her, he wasn't worth having in the first place.

1430 days ago
82.

texasknight1    

for those FEMINAZI's out there

A HomeWrecker is a term created by women who was scorned by a mitress who had an affair with the Husband.

a Homewrecker is a woman.. not a man.. get it thru your thick skin.. and hard heads..


Evidence.. hardcore evidence has been recorded and do***ented and filed in the courts... she is a homewrecker as to which ANY other Young Female would be considered.. Stop trying to find an excuse for her.. she's playing your mind

1429 days ago
83.

okerry    

It shouldn't be "Alienation of Affection". Y'all are right - that's stupid and outdated. It should be "Gross Marital Intrusion" for the Other Person and "Gross Marital Neglect" for the wayward spouse.

No one has the right to intrude on and interfere with someone else's marriage by dating a married man/woman. Married cheaters LIE and Married is Married whether it's good, bad or indifferent. If it's that bad, they'll get a divorce. Wait until they show you the signed papers.


And no one has the right to torment a spouse and children with a cheater's lies, neglect, disease and disrespect. If you want to date other people, then get a divorce, date all the single people you want and go home to an empty house at the end of the day. That way you you won't be ruining anybody else's life.

1429 days ago
84.

neither of these two sluts    

any married woman should sue a woman if she knows a man is married and continues to sleep with him...sue her.......and hopefully this will send a message out to whores like Rachael, Michele McGee that you vant do this and expect to be paid for silence. Elin should file a lawsuit against Rachael and get back that 10 million Tiger paid her and put it in her own pocket. I think then these golddigging whores like oksana and rachael will think twice before selling themselves to married men...same goes for the men!

1429 days ago
85.

gmom    

married or not !, he knew,Fantasia don't feel it's your fault. Mrs. whoever, look to your husband for blame.We are all looking for that "perfect man".Girlfriend, he ain't the one1!! And he ain't the one for any type of pills. Wake-up and smell the coffee!!!

1429 days ago
86.

MissAnn    

These laws are not "archaic" and should be in full force today. It ensures responsibility in respecting the sanctity of marriage. Not everyone lives in Babylon like you guys in Hollywood. I say sue the crap out of her and any other woman going through the same ordeal to do so as well.

1429 days ago
87.

CJ    

Too bad Jen Aniston didnt live in North Carolina - she could have served Angie and cleaned up big time.

1429 days ago
88.

Tabitha h Turner    

Why would you want to sue the other woman because your husband don't want to be with you anymore What if she wasn't famous That of would of never crossed her mind she would of just deal with it.She's not the first and she's not the last woman to get hurt in a situation yall might as well get over it. I pray that she gets better (Fantasia better days are yet to come)everybody
sin.

1429 days ago
89.

Fancy    

Question: Have you ever purchased a coach bag, TV, Lap top or other item from a known "hustleman?" OK...if your answer is yes...this archaic law would be the same as the police being allowed to charge/arrest/hold countable YOU instead of the "hustleman" who actully committed the TRUE wrongdoing based on the bass-ackward logic that if people like you would resist buying items, there would be no incentive or temptation for the hustleman to steal, acquire and/or sell the items...hmmmmm just my .02! BTW, I live in NC and went to ECU with Cook and am a fan of Fantasia's music, but think that it is CRAZY for the wife to pursue Fantasia when it was Cook who vowed to love honor respect-blah blah blah... ppl kill me always labeling the other woman as a homewrecker...when in actuality it was him that did the cheating- DEAL WITH YOUR ISSUES AT HOME!

1429 days ago
90.

Jenny    

Maybe she should have waited until he was actually divorced before she starting date him. Seperation is still married. No matter how much she liked the guy she should have told him to call her after he was divorced or never call again.

1429 days ago
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