Goldsmith brands wife 'appalling' on Twitter over relationship with rapper (as women queue up to offer multi-millionaire their support)Ben Goldsmith split from wife Kate after row over messages between her and rapper Jay ElectronicaEton-educated financier accepted a caution after being arrested for ABH at couple's 20m home last weekHe is said to have slapped her when she reportedly admitted her affairHe is now expected to issue divorce proceedings against his wife, 29, on grounds of her alleged adulteryOne supporter told him: 'Your wife is a fool, your [sic] gorgeous looking, even without the money'Divorce lawyers believe case is likely to be first high-profile court hearing of the 'Twitter generation'
00:01 GMT, 7 June 2012
Multi-millionaire Ben Goldsmith yesterday branded his wife ‘appalling’ as a bitter row over her relationship with a US rapper was played out on Twitter.
Mr Goldsmith, 31, has been inundated with messages from supporters since it was revealed he had split from wife Kate after a furious confrontation over texts and emails between her and rapper Jay Electronica.
The Eton-educated financier was arrested at the couple’s 20million home in Kensington, West London, last week on suspicion of actual bodily harm but released without charge after he accepted a caution.
Heading for divorce: Multi-millionaire Ben Goldsmith with his wife Kate, whom he has branded 'appalling' over her relationship with a rapper
He is now expected to issue divorce proceedings against his 29-year-old wife on the grounds of her alleged adultery.
Claire Willows, one of Mr Goldsmith’s 6,000 followers on Twitter, sent him a message saying: ‘Can’t believe she called the police on you. You deserve sooooo much better than that.’ He replied: ‘Agree, appalling.’
Clare Magee, of Strabane, Northern Ireland, wrote: ‘Your wife is a fool, your [sic] gorgeous looking, even without the money.’
Mr Goldsmith, youngest son of the late billionaire Sir James Goldsmith, replied: ‘Very kind of you!’
Backing from women: Mr Goldsmith has been deluged with messages of support on Twitter since it was revealed he had split from wife Kate
Earlier, he hit out at reports that his estranged wife had taken on a public relations firm to advise her and accused her of caring more about her reputation than their three children, a daughter aged eight and sons aged seven and four.
He wrote: ‘@kateroundtable [his wife’s Twitter account] has hired Project Associates Ltd to fix her reputation (bit late surely). How about focusing on her devastated children’
Mrs Goldsmith, a member of the Rothschild banking dynasty, hit back in a statement saying their children were her ‘main concern’.
A spokesman said she believed ‘false and inaccurate information’ had been given to the media and questioned if it was an attempt to ‘deflect from the gravity of last week’s incident involving the police’. He said she was ‘devastated’ and was seeking legal advice ‘on a number of matters’.
Meanwhile Jay Electronica, 35, whose real name is Timothy Elpadaro Thedford, has returned to London from his grandmother’s funeral in the US and tweeted ‘#LoveIsOnTheWay’.
Bitter feud: Mr Goldsmith hunting in the English countryside with rapper Jay Electronica, who has been exchanging messages with the financier's estranged wife
The Goldsmiths’ marital home was put on sale last month and friends said rumours of a split had been circulating because of the time Mrs Goldsmith was spending with the rapper.
Divorce lawyers believe the case is likely to be the first high-profile court case of the ‘Twitter generation’.
The Goldsmiths married in 2003, but their marriage ran into difficulties earlier this year.
She went into the music industry with a company called Roundtable Records and was said to be leading an ‘increasingly nocturnal’ lifestyle.
The couple had a trial separation before an apparent reconciliation, but Mr Goldsmith claimed to have discovered incriminating messages on his wife’s phone last week.
She denied having an affair but reportedly admitted it after her husband said he had read the messages. He was said to have slapped her and kicked a child’s toy at her during the row, and she called the police.
Several of Mr Goldsmith’s Twitter followers advised him not to air his marriage problems on the site. One wrote: ‘In the heat of heartache one tends to unveil more than necessary. Don’t bring your issues to tweet, it will hurt; pray instead.’
Mr Goldsmith replied: ‘Thanks, I agree. You’re kind.’