The retired four-star general claimed he was the victim of “general indignities” by his wife, according to the Daily Mail. The divorce papers blame her for their marriage’s breakdown — and not his alleged affair with a much-younger woman.
Under Arkansas Supreme Court guidelines, “general indignities” is a catch-all term that could include: “Rudeness, vulgarity, unmerited reproach, haughtiness, contempt, contumeliousness, studied neglect, intentional incivility, injury, manifest disdain, abusive language, malignant ridicule and every other plain manifestation of settled hate, alienation, and estrangement.”
Legal experts said “general indignities” is the equivalent of the standard, blame-less “irreconcilable differences” used in most states. The Natural State also requires a person to provide witness that a spouse is guilty of any such behavior before a divorce is granted.
The 68-year-old former NATO Supreme Commander dumping of wife Gertrude for the young socialite Mei has crushed the loyal spouse, who moved 32 times to be with her husband during his long military career.
Clark has moved out of the Little Rock, Ark., home he once shared with his wife and now splits time between Mei’s NoHo pad and his condo back in Little Rock.
Clark met the young paramour Mei earlier this year in Carlsbad, California, when they attended a symposium organized by Deepak Chopra.
Clark and his wife were married in Brooklyn, NY, in 1967. Clark – a West Point graduate – retired from the military in 2000, after 38 years of service.
Gertrude Clark often lauded her husband for his character during his failed 2004 campaign.
The couple has a son, 43-year-old Wesley Clark Jr., a film screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles.