Michael Strahan has been having his ex-wife Jean Muggli watched “around the clock” amid their renewed custody and child support battle, Muggli’s lawyer claimed in court Friday.
Muggli brought a case against the “Good Morning America” co-host in Manhattan court in June, claiming he owes her annual cost of living adjustments to the child support payments for their 15-year-old twin daughters, according to a 2009 agreement the pair reached.
Muggli also claims that Strahan — who was not in court Friday — agreed to pay a portion of the girls’ horseback riding costs but never followed through.
“He had around the clock private investigators at her home,” Muggli’s lawyer Shannon Rogers Simpson said in Manhattan Supreme Court Friday.
“He battered her financially with lawsuits. That’s how determined he is to not pay child support he agreed to ten years ago,” Simpson said.
And, “when all else failed he brought a motion in North Carolina to avoid paying,” Simpson said.
Strahan is seeking primary custody in a North Carolina court — where Muggli and daughters Sophia and Isabella live — claiming that Muggli physically and emotionally abused them, TMZ reported earlier this week.
The former NFL star’s lawyer, John Giardino, fired back, “The notion that she is under surveillance is absurd and could never be proven.”
Giardino also said that in prior negotiations Strahan offered to pay for the girls’ college and offered to pay Muggli an inflation adjustment for the child support payments but the deal was never finalized.
Judge Deborah Kaplan warned the pair — whose 2006 public New Jersey divorce ended with Strahan owing Muggli $15.3 million — not to leak details about their girls to the media.
“While the parents may choose to live very public lives, the children do not,” Kaplan said. “Be very cautious about advancing their own positions when it will affect their children and follow them for the rest of their lives.”
Simpson and Giardino both declined to comment outside of court.
[via Page Six]