The View closed out the week by tackling the hot topic story about a man who was awarded a $750,000 judgement after he sued the man he says broke up his marriage.
North Carolina’s Robert Kevin Howard sued the man his wife was having an affair with under an “alienation of affection” law and a judge agreed he should collect damages for his suffering.
Co-host Sunny Hostin told the panel that she would do the same thing if she ever found herself in Howard’s situation. “I’m in support of this law. I have no problem with it,” said Hostin. “I think that if someone knows the other person is married and decides to be an interloper then they can get sued. I would do it,” she added.
Howard said he and his wife were “happily married to each other” in court documents, but Joy Behar wasn’t buying it. “The point of the ‘happy marriage’ stuck with me because I don’t believe that people have affairs when they’re happily married,” said Behar. “If you really like your husband then you’re not going to wander around,” she added.
“Well he’s happy now,” joked guest co-host Ana Navarro. “And rich!” she added.
Viewers on Twitter were divided over the lawsuit, but many said they agreed with Hostin:
I love it. If they want to wreck a home and marriage- I say wreck their bank account. Serves ‘em right.— Irene (@ReenieDiva) October 4, 2019
If you pursue a married person and carry on an affair that destroys their marriage, harms their children etc. you get what you deserve. There are consequences for behavior in society and this is one of them. So yes, they can be sued in my opinion!— Drowsy99 (@drowsy99) October 4, 2019
I completely agree with this. If the person the spouse had an affair with was not only was knowledgeable of the marriage but also willing to participate then they’re just as guilty of splitting up the marriage. #HotTopics #TheView— Krystina Mallory (@mallory_tink) October 4, 2019
But others posted that they thought Hostin had it all wrong and that you shouldn’t be able to sue over an affair:
Hmm. On one hand hell yeah, but on the other that's pretty petty. Be an adult and focus on healing and self care instead of adding to your rage. Dragging out in court won't help— Juliet Antonio (@JulietAntonio9) October 4, 2019
IF THE COUPLE CANT GET ALONG, JUST LEAVE AND BE HAPPY WITH SOMEONE ELSE, I THINK ITS STUPID TO SUE THE OTHER IF THEY HAVE SOMEONE ELSE, ITS BETTER THAT WAY— Ann (@Ann29359108) October 4, 2019
I have to agree that there should be a consequence, but before that can happen there’s 2 sides to each story. The only people who really know what’s going on in a marriage are the 2 people that are in it.— Nena (@DJNenaMusic) October 4, 2019
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