A New Jersey judge threw out a bid made by Ann Kelly, who is accused by her husband of having an affair with Bruce Springsteen, to seal the divorce proceedings from the public eye.
Ann Kelly argued that the details of the divorce petition from her husband, Arthur Kelly, were attracting media attention which is causing harm to their two children and bound to get worse. “There are some very, very, very private details that will be disclosed” in the case, said Ann’s lawyer Noel Tonneman. “It’s the court’s obligation to protect the children.”
Arthur Kelly’s attorney, Edward Fradkin, fought back stating they feel the public is already well aware of the allegations being made his client about the reason for their divorce. “By virtue of the allegations, Mrs. Kelly has stepped out of being a private person into being a public person,” he said. “It just so happens that the party is a famous person. That doesn’t mean you automatically seal the record.”
Ultimately, a judge from the Ocean County Family Court in New Jersey ruled that the state’s “strong policy” for open public records superseded any effort to avoid public embarrassment, therefore the records will remain open. “The family court is not unique in its position overseeing cases of tremendous embarrassment. Openness is the norm, it is not the exception,” said the judge. “Mere embarrassment or a desire to avoid it doesn’t suffice as good cause. I cannot find cause to seal the record.”
Both Arthur and Ann declined to comment to reporters following the hearing.
In divorce papers, Arthur accused his wife of having an extra-marital affair with The Boss. Ann has denied the allegations made by her husband. Meanwhile, Springsteen’s camp still hasn’t issued a statement regarding the allegations. The only comments made have referenced a 2006 statement the rocker made reiterating his love and devotion to Patti Scialfa, his wife of 17 years.