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Adam Levine is in the midst of a cheating scandal just after announcing he’s expecting his third child with wife Behati Prinsloo.
Several women have come forward since Monday, accusing Levine of sending flirtatious text messages. Instagram model Sumner Stroh was the first to speak out, claiming she had a year-long affair with the musician.
Prinsloo has not publicly commented on the women’s allegations or indicated that she plans to divorce Levine. In fact, they were spotted together Wednesday in Montecito, California, looking very happy.
ADAM LEVINE HAS NO PHYSICAL RELATIONSHIP WITH SUMNER STROH OR OTHER ACCEPTERS: SOURCE
Fox News Digital spoke to legal experts to understand exactly what constitutes “fraud” in court. Legal expert Katherine Miller explained that in the legal world, fraud is primarily defined by sexual intercourse.
“Adultery generally requires intercourse. And even that doesn’t change anything in most divorce cases unless money was spent on the extramarital relationship. In that case, the other spouse may be entitled to compensation,” Katherine Miller, founder of New York City-based Miller Law Group, said.
“In some states, there may be a separate tortious claim for alienation of affections against the third party when the level of flirting in the communication rises to the level of marital interference.”
New York divorce attorney Sandra Radna further told Fox News Digital that adultery is not a ground for divorce in California and screenshots of text messages or DMs would not be “useful” if Levine’s wife decided to file for divorce.
“[Messages] can be viewed as emotional cheating, which is not grounds for divorce but can lead to a lack of trust, which in turn can lead to a marriage breakup (through irreconcilable differences),” Radna said.
The Maroon 5 frontman has claimed he hasn’t had an affair, but admitted he “crossed the line”.
“He claims none of those interactions became physical,” a source close to Levine confirmed to Fox News Digital.
“Whatever you define when a spouse is cheating, it is heartbreaking and often humiliating and can spell the end of the marriage,” Miller told Fox News Digital.
There have been many cheating scandals in Hollywood. Here’s a look at some of the wildest among them:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver
During his marriage to Maria Shriver, Arnold Schwarzenegger carried on an affair with the couple’s housekeeper, Mildred Baena. The affair only came to light 14 years later when the movie star confessed during a therapy session after leaving office as governor of California.
It was then that he announced that he was the father of Baena’s son Joseph. Schwarzenegger’s son with Baena was born days after his youngest son with Shriver, Christopher, in 1997.
Tom Brady, Bridget Moynahan
Although it’s unclear if Tom Brady ever technically cheated on Bridget Moynahan with his current wife, Gisele Bundchen, he split from the actress when she was pregnant with his first child.
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Moynahan and Brady split in December 2006, and the soccer star quickly began dating supermodel Bundchen that same month. However, the “Sex and the City” star did publicly announce that she was pregnant with Brady’s first child in February 2007.
Moynahan welcomed a baby boy in August 2007.
Tristan Thompson, Khloe Kardashian
Tristan Thompson originally made headlines after a video surfaced of the basketball star holding hands with another woman just days before Khloe Kardashian gave birth to their first child, True, in 2018.
Thompson made headlines again after cheating on Kardashian after the two rekindled their relationship. The Good American founder was unaware of the scam until the woman scammed Thompson by filing legal documents claiming he was the father of her unborn child.
Maralee Nichols gave birth to her son with Thompson months after the basketball star and Kardashian began the surrogacy process. Kardashian and Thompson welcomed their second child via surrogacy in early August.
The reality TV star is expected to open up about the paternity scandal and her surrogacy process in the upcoming season of The Kardashians.
“There’s something I’m ready to talk about,” Khloe said in a preview of the season 2 premiere. “Tristan and I are having another baby.”
“And it’s supposed to be a really exciting time, it’s just a different experience.”
Future and Ciara had a whirlwind romance before it ended abruptly over cheating allegations. The rapper and musician first announced their relationship in 2013 and got engaged shortly thereafter.
In January 2014, Ciara announced that she was pregnant with the couple’s first child.
However, shortly after the birth, the two called it quits and rumors surfaced that Future had cheated on her during her pregnancy.
The rapper responded to the allegations at the time by saying, “I don’t respond to rumours, I respond to money.”
Hank Baskett, Kendra Wilkinson
Years before Kendra Wikinson filed for divorce from Hank Baskett, the former couple faced a dramatic cheating scandal.
While Wilkinson was eight months pregnant, Baskett reportedly had an affair with a transgender model in 2014.
“I screwed it up,” Baskett told People magazine in an interview. “I put myself in a bad situation. And everything I did caused this family to suffer.”
Eddie Murphy, Mel B
Eddie Murphy famously left his relationship with Spice Girls star Mel B when she was five months pregnant.
The former couple met and began dating in 2006 before Mel B became pregnant. However, following her split from Murphy, the comedian claimed he wasn’t the father. A paternity test later confirmed it was him.
Mel B last asked Murphy for more child support in 2020, according to legal documents obtained by Us Weekly.
François-Henri Pinault, Salma Hayek
In 2006, François-Henri Pinault got his then-girlfriend Salma Hayek pregnant and fathered a child with Linda Evangelista. Pinault and Evangelista became pregnant in early 2006, while the French luxury brand owner was briefly split from Hayek.
By late 2006, Hayek was also pregnant and gave birth to the couple’s daughter.
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Evangelista chose to keep her child’s father a secret until her 2011 court appearance over the custody agreement.
Pinault and Hayek married on Valentine’s Day 2009.