On Nov. 20, the 82-year-old Executive Chairman of News Corp Rupert Murdoch and 44-year-old Wendi Deng officially divorced in New York. Following this, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) official media spread that the divorce stems from an intimate relationship between Deng and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. More reliable evidence indicates that it is due to Deng’s identity as a CCP spy being exposed.
According to CCP official media, Deng grew up in Xuzhou and later moved to Guangzhou. During her study at Guangzhou Medical School, she met an American couple—Mr. and Mrs. Botticelli. With their help, she was able to study abroad in the U.S. in 1988. Two years later, Deng married Mr. Botticelli, who was 31 years older than her. The marriage lasted only two years and seven months.
So Deng split up the couple who helped her come to the US. After she divorced Botticelli, she caused a wine spilling incident at a cocktail party to get introduced to Murdoch. According to overseas media reports, this “accident” was arranged by the CCP’s spy agency.
The international media industry has always been the focus of the CCP’s attention. They coveted Murdoch’s vast media empire. Murdoch filed for divorce on June 13. Nine days later, the CCP’s People’s Daily website posted an article titled “Murdoch’s reason for divorce: Getting rid of Deng’s control over News Corp.” This shows the CCP confessing their attempt to use Deng to control News Corp.
After the divorce, Deng and Murdoch will share joint custody of their two daughters, Grace and Chloe, who may continue to live with Deng in Manhattan in the $44 million penthouse Deng received as part of the settlement.
The divorce did not change the inheritance rules of Murdoch’s trust fund. Murdoch’s four adult children will inherit the voting shares of the trust, while Deng’s two daughters, who are still minors, will be the beneficiaries of a non-voting fund worth $8.7 million. Deng herself will gain no part of the inheritance, nor does she hold any assets in Murdoch’s News Corp.
People everywhere are wondering how much money Deng will walk away with, but the CCP could not care less. No matter how much she may grab, the CCP still failed. The Party spared no effort to get Deng close to Murdoch for the purpose of influencing the media industry in the U.K., U.S., and Australia, but failed.
Reuters released photos of the former couple leaving court. Deng’s face looked vicious and haggard, but Murdoch was uncharacteristically lighthearted.
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