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Priscilla star fights over £4 million assets with ex-partner

Priscilla star fights over £4 million assets with ex-partner

A musical star and a hot-shot financier in London are embroiled in a multi-milloin pound court battle over the division of the former couple's assets.

Actor Don Gallagher, 54, whose career hit a high note starring as Bernadette in the UK capital's hit show Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and JP Morgan equity analyst Peter Lawrence, 47, are fighting over £4 million ($6,300,000 €4,800,000) worth of assets.

Lawrence, who the court heard earns £390,000 ($614,700 €465,000) a year, is challenging in the Court of Appeal the way a family judge divided up the couple's assets, accusing her of unfairly awarding his ex-partner too much.

The couple's civil partnership lasted seven months after living together for more than 11 years, the judges heard.

One of the assets awarded to Mr Gallagher in June was Pine Cottage, a five-bedroom period property in West Sussex.

The £900,000 house was the couple’s joint home and previously owned by Lawrence.

However, Lawrence's lawyer, Patrick Chamberlayne QC, said the settlement was 'flawed' and 'bizarre', reported The Telegraph.

Tom Bishop QC, appearing for Gallagher, said the family judge had acted 'correctly and fairly' when she ordered the 42% – 58% split of assets last year, but said it would be ‘inconceivable’ that the court would approve a similar settlement for a heterosexual marriage of a similar duration.

He also added the ruling had taken into account that Lawrence had brought assets of a greater value to the partnership.

The case continues.