A FORMER top model who bagged a £32million payout in her divorce from her first husband yesterday succeeded in having her second spouse jailed in a feud over their £40million marital assets.
Fashion director and former catwalk queen Alisa Thiry is now in the bitter throes of her second big-money divorce, this time from Didier Thiry, 52.
In the Family Division of the High Court, Mr Justice Newton ordered that Mr Thiry be jailed for four months for a “flagrant” contempt of court, over a row about a £13.8million loan.
Mrs Thiry walked away from her first husband, French Connection co-founder Stephen Marks – with whom she had three children – with an eight-figure sum in 2004.
The 49-year-old, who lives in a mansion in London’s Notting Hill, then married Belgian businessman and property magnate Mr Thiry, who was worth £8million at the time.
The court heard that Mrs Thiry, who worked as creative director at French Connection and was fashion editor of Elle and Marie Claire magazines, was already wealthy, not least as a result of her first divorce, when she married Mr Thiry.
Mr Justice Newton said that as “part of very complex financial arrangements between husband and wife”, a company owned by Mrs Thiry made a £13.8million loan to one of her husband’s companies that she says has never been paid off.
A previous hearing had ordered Mr Thiry to disclose information relating to the loan on March 12 this year but he had failed to do so, the court heard.
Mr Justice Newton said: “It is simply unacceptable for the court to be treated in this way.
“I propose to pass an immediate sentence of four months imprisonment.”
He also ordered Mr Thiry, who is in Belgium and did not attend, to pay £10,000 legal costs.
Mr Justice Newton added that Mr Thiry will be arrested the next time he sets foot in Britain.
However, he gave the husband a chance to apply for a hearing to “purge his contempt” by proffering the information ordered by the court.