Wife of Pacers owner testifies against nanny

Associated Press Modified: August 2, 2011 at 7:15 pm •  Published: August 2, 2011
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The wife of Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon testified Tuesday that she knew nothing about violence in the past of a nanny who worked for her and said she would not have hired her if she had known.

Bui Simon said that she never heard of that allegation against Claudia Liete until after she had fired her in a dispute and the nanny sued the couple for wrongful dismissal.

Simon, who has a net worth of $1.4 billion, is defending himself and his wife against lawsuits by Liete and other household help who worked at their Malibu and Montecito, Calif. homes.

Bui Simon, a 1988 Miss Universe from Thailand, said she was shocked by the suit and told Liete that if it went ahead, the nanny's past would become public.

"Not only are we feeling this awful betrayal, but it was going to be awful for her, too," she said.

She testified on a day when a former boyfriend of Liete took the stand and told of the volatile relationship between the couple. Bui Simon said she knew nothing of the domestic disputes and violent incidents which led Liete to be jailed for a few days.

Had she known, she said, she never would have entrusted her children to the nanny.

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