Divorce documents unsealed, charge Gibbons with infidelity

RENO — First lady Dawn Gibbons accuses Gov. Jim Gibbons of extramarital affairs with the wives of two Reno doctors in divorce documents unsealed Monday by a court order.

Through her lawyers, Dawn Gibbons also states that Gibbons has been “untruthful regarding matters about his infidelity” with Kathy Karrasch and Leslie Durant, a former Playboy model.

During news conferences last year, the governor denied he was anything more than good friends with the two women. Gibbons filed for divorce from his wife of nearly 23 years on May 2.

In unsealed court records, Dawn Gibbons contends that the reason Gibbons filed for divorce was to spend time with “another woman.”

The records also show she was ordered to pay $796 in attorney fees by Washoe County Family Court Judge Frances Doherty in August for demanding more information from Gibbons on why he wants a divorce. Doherty said Nevada is a no-fault divorce state and Dawn Gibbons’ “demand for particulars is spurious and served no purpose.” The governor cited “incompatibility” as his reason for the divorce. That was sufficient, according to the judge.

Dawn Gibbons’ lawyer, Cal Dunlap, was authorized in a Feb. 23 order to depose both Durant and Karrasch. Those depositions remain sealed. In public court records, Dunlap said he wanted to know the times and places of the governor’s “rendezvous with Karrasch.” Among the questions Dunlap asked was whether Gibbons had taken them on trips and what gifts he had given them, dating back to 1990.

Dunlap also requested phone records dating back to 1990 to see how often they spoke with Jim Gibbons. In the unsealed records, Dawn Gibbons said her husband deliberately destroyed phone records from his Washington office in an attempt to hide long-distance calls he made to women. Gibbons was a five-term congressman before running for governor in 2006.

In the unsealed records, Dawn Gibbons refers to the governor making 867 text messages from a state cell phone to Karrasch in a six-week period shortly after becoming governor. Gibbons told reporters he was responding to Karrasch’s messages, even at 2 a.m., and that she sometimes offered him advice on political matters.

Dunlap treated that comment with skepticism, asking who “can possibly believe his explanation that he was consulting with another man’s wife in the wee hours of the night on matters of state?”

Gibbons, who reimbursed the state $130 for the text messages, said during a press conference in 2008 that he was no longer seeing Karrasch because she was upset by the media attention.

He was photographed with Durant at the Reno Rodeo in June 2008.

The divorce records were unsealed by Doherty in a March 20 decision. Doherty, however, agreed that financial records pertaining to the governor will remain sealed at least until April 20.

Also in the divorce records made public, Dawn Gibbons’ alleges that her husband tried to hide a construction defect problem at their home in southwest Reno and tried to induce authorities in the assessor’s office to undervalue the property.

The ranch-style home on a 2.8-acre lot was assessed last year at $661,159 and was constructed in 1986. It went on sale for $1.4 million and remains on the market. Assessed value typically reflects 35 percent of the market value. The property will be valued at $749,837 in the tax rolls on July 1.

Deputy Washoe County Assessor Theresa Wilkins said Monday that the property’s value is similar to neighboring properties and there is “nothing to suggest an under-evaluation.”

The Gibbonses also own ranch land near Lamoille in Elko County that they purchased for $575,000 in 2006.

In the opened records, Gibbons’ lawyer Gary Silverman said the governor was concerned that his estranged wife might make an “unfounded claim of domestic violence against him.” No such claims were found in the divorce records.

In a June 9, 2008, agreement, the governor decided not to oppose allowing his estranged wife to live in a one-room apartment over the “Nevada Room,” a reception area for parties adjacent to the Governor’s Mansion. He lives in the mansion.

She is permitted to use the first floor of the mansion for public events, such as her efforts to stop drug use.

Daniel Burns, Gibbons’ communications director, said Monday that he would not comment on personal matters affecting the governor and did not know when the divorce might be finalized.

Jim and Dawn Gibbons have a son, Jimmy, a cadet in the U.S. Merchant Marines Academy in New York. The governor also has two children from a previous marriage.

Dawn Gibbons mentions in the divorce documents how she has been “devastated” by the divorce and actions of her husband. In one document, she said she feels like a “castaway wife.” She notes that she stood by him in 2006 after he was accused of assaulting a woman in Las Vegas after he drank “copious amounts of alcohol.”

Chrissy Mazzeo, a former cocktail waitress, filed a civil lawsuit against the governor in the matter. Mazzeo contends that Gibbons, then a gubernatorial candidate, walked her to a parking garage and tried to assault her.

Gibbons said he tried only to keep Mazzeo from falling.

The Clark County district attorney’s office investigated the incident and did not file charges against Gibbons.

 

Contact Capital Bureau Chief Ed Vogel at evogel@reviewjournal.com or 775-687-3901.

ad-high_impact_4
Entertainment
New Brunch Spot The Stove Makes Unicorn Hot Chocolate And Bananas Foster Pancakes
New Brunch Spot The Stove Makes Unicorn Hot Chocolate And Bananas Foster Pancakes. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Octopus On The Las Vegas Strip Predicted The Winner Of The World Cup
The Octopus On The Las Vegas Strip Predicted The Winner Of The World Cup. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-journal)
TLC by the Numbers
Watch Ruthless! at Las Vegas Little Theatre
The musical Ruthless! will be playing at Las Vegas Little Theatre from July 13-29. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
How to feel like a kid again in Las Vegas
How to feel like a kid again in Las Vegas
People Lined Up For Over 5 Hours For Build-a-bear's "Pay Your Age" Promotion At Galleria Mall
People Lined Up For Over 5 Hours For Build-a-bear's "Pay Your Age" Promotion At Galleria Mall. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Cadaver art and sword swallowing at The Dark Arts Market
Curator Erin Emrie talks about her inspiration for The Dark Arts Market at Cornish Pasty Co. in Las Vegas Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Over 40,000 People Attend The 4th Of July Parade In Summerlin In Las Vegas
Over 40,000 People Attend The 4th Of July Parade In Summerlin In Las Vegas. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
What to expect at Station Casinos' Fourth of July celebration
Station Casinos' is hosting its annual 4th of July celebration with Fireworks by Grucci. Fireworks scheduled to go off on Wednesday, July 4 around 9 p.m. at Green Valley Ranch Resort, Red Rock Resort, Fiesta Rancho and Texas Station. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Pawn Stars' Richard Harrison honored at memorial service
A memorial service was conducted for Richard "Old Man" Harrison at Palm Mortuary in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 1, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Tourists and locals enjoy Independence Day fireworks at Caesars Palace
Hundreds of tourists and locals gaze at the Independence Day fireworks show at Caesars Palace on Saturday, June 30, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
5 must-see bands at Warped Tour 2018
Five must-see bands at Warped Tour 2018
This Banana Split In Las Vegas Is Made With Fire And Liquid Nitrogen Right At Your Table.
This Banana Split In Las Vegas Is Made With Fire And Liquid Nitrogen Right At Your Table. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Pixar Pier At Disneyland Is Open With New Food And A New Roller Coaster
Pixar Pier At Disneyland Is Open With New Food And A New Roller Coaster (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Here's What It's Like To Ride The New Incredicoaster At Disneyland
Here's What It's Like To Ride The New Incredicoaster At Disneyland (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
"Pawn Stars" fans visit Richard Harrison's memorial at Gold & Silver Pawn
"Pawn Stars" fans from around the world visit the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas following the passing of Richard "Old Man" Harrison on Monday, June 25, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Get a sneak peek at Palace Station's newest renovations
Station Casinos spokesperson Lori Nelson gives a first look at what Palace Station's $192 million renovation will bring. Some areas will begin opening to the public next week according to Nelson. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
You Can Only Get The 11-pound 8-person Burger In Las Vegas
You Can Only Get The 11-pound 8-person Burger In Las Vegas (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Paul McCartney is worth over $1 billion
Sir Paul McCartney is one of the most celebrated and accomplished musicians in history. He just turned 76 on June 18. McCartney grew to international fame with the Beatles and went on to become a wildly successful solo musician. Paul McCartney’s net worth is estimated at $1.2 billion, according to Celebrity Net Worth. In 2017, McCartney landed the No. 13 spot on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid musicians, earning $54 million for the year. On Thursday, June 20, McCartney will release a double A-side single featuring two new songs, "I Don't Know" and "Come On to Me." McCartney has yet to announce a title of his new album or when it will be released. Th album is expected to be released before he headlines the Austin City Limits Music fest in October.
Bellagio's New Conservatory Brings Italian Summer To Las Vegas
Bellagio's New Conservatory Brings Italian Summer To Las Vegas (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Kari Curletto of Las Vegas put over 500 hours into making her toilet paper wedding dress. (Courtesy Kari Curletto)
Kari Curletto of Las Vegas put over 500 hours into making her toilet paper wedding dress. (Courtesy Kari Curletto)
The Real Crepe In Las Vegas Serves Authentic Crepes In The Style Of Brittany, France
The Real Crepe In Las Vegas Serves Authentic Crepes In The Style Of Brittany, France. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-journal)
New Marilyn Musical Brings Screen Icons Life To Strip
Paris Las Vegas hosts musical bio featuring new, old tunes. (Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Vegas' hottest concerts of the summer
Vegas' hottest concerts of the summer
We Taste-tested The Best Doughnut Shops In Las Vegas
We Taste-tested The Best Doughnut Shops In Las Vegas. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
5 must-see bands at Punk Rock Bowling 2018
5 must-see bands at Punk Rock Bowling 2018
Gabi Coffee & Bakery Is Like A Korean Speakeasy From The 1920s
Gabi Coffee & Bakery Is Like A Korean Speakeasy From The 1920s (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Five must-see acts at the Electric Daisy Carnival 2018
Five must-see acts at the Electric Daisy Carnival 2018
The "13 Reasons Why" mustang cruises down the Las Vegas Strip (Courtesy Netflix)
4 fun and fascinating museums in Las Vegas
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like