US woman, Chinese divorce after high-profile case

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Associated Press

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 3:04 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 4 at 3:04 AM

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say a Beijing court has granted a divorce to an American woman and her Chinese celebrity-entrepreneur husband in a high-profile case that shed light on domestic violence in China.

Kim Lee posted graphic photos of the injuries she said came from her husband Li Yang on her microblog in 2011. The photos went viral. Li Yang's chain of English-teaching schools, "Crazy English," is a household name in China.

State media says the divorce was granted Sunday on the grounds of domestic abuse. Reports say the court ordered Li to pay his former wife 50,000 yuan ($8,000) compensation for mental anguish as well as child support. She will also have custody of their three daughters and receive properties worth more than 12 million yuan ($2 million).

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