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With divorce trial looming, Canucks owner applies for publication ban

Sep 4, 2013, 4:06 PM EDT

Francesco Aquilini AP

Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini doesn’t want the details of his upcoming divorce trial splashed all over the local newspapers and TV channels.

And so he’s doing something about it.

Per the Vancouver Sun — which refers to the upcoming trial as “one of the most divisive and controversial divorce trials” in the province’s history — Aquilini’s lawyers have applied for a limited publication ban in order to protect his family’s business interests, as well as his children, during the proceedings.

Aquilini subsequently released a statement, which reads as follows:

“Today my lawyers have filed notice that we are seeking orders to protect the confidentiality of private family and commercial interests in the course of the divorce trial that starts on Monday, September 9th.

“I am requesting this order to protect my children. During this trial, protecting my five children will be at the heart of everything I do relating to both custodial and financial matters.

“While I can personally withstand the impact of media coverage, it is simply not fair to have my children exposed to the effects of sensitive family matters being aired this way. I am confident that my wife Taliah would agree that this order is in the best interests of our family.”

In fact, Taliah Aquilini may not agree with her husband. In June of 2012, her lawyer argued quite the opposite.

From The Province:

Tracy Jackson, a lawyer for Taliah Aquilini, said her client was worried about Francesco Aquilini conducting himself “under a cloud of secrecy” in the litigation and in an “unreasonable” and “unnecessarily aggressive” manner.

Jackson said it doesn’t make sense for the Canucks’ owner to now say, as he does in his affidavit, that his wife will accuse him of infidelity and that it will have a negative impact on his children.

She said her client says Aquilini admitted to her that he was going out on the town, frequenting bars, restaurants and nightclubs, that there were other women during the marriage and that he admitted his conduct showed little regard for his children or the family.

“It’s too little too late to say that Mr. Aquilini is now concerned about that impact. Mr. Aquilini was not concerned about his conduct at the time he engaged in it.”

Jackson said that “the cat’s out of the bag” and where there is already publicity in a case, the courts should be less likely to grant a sealing order.

She said Francesco Aquilini is already a public figure and Taliah Aquilini has already provided evidence in her materials about the public nature in the way he has conducted himself.

That particular sealing order, by the way, was granted by the court. (Decision here.)

  1. kaptaanamerica - Sep 4, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    I hope she is as much of a canucks fan as he is. ..

    • ibieiniid - Sep 4, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      too bad they already bought out Ballard…. he probably could have convinced her to take him in the divorce =X

      • ibieiniid - Sep 4, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        for clarity:
        he = Aquilini
        him = Ballard

  2. blomfeld - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned …

    I can tell you friends that a colossal ‘storm of destruction’ is about to strike home here in Canuckle Land, one which is almost of ‘biblical’ proportions. For the fact is, every ‘possible’ thing which could go wrong is now going wrong and there will be the ‘devil to pay’ for this franchise and it’s fans, no two ways about it. So while a part of me ‘rejoices’ given the injustices which this team’s people have exacted on me in the past, another part of me still empathizes for the ‘horrific’ mayhem and carnage which these people are about to suffer …

    • badintent - Sep 5, 2013 at 1:24 AM

      I smell the hot , nasty , vapors fumes of Gloria Allred , coming in hot from LA , the” Lawyer of all pro Jocks exs” arriving at VYR in her private corporate jet.
      On the other side , the four brothers of Francesco and their massive construction company are planning to build a new huge foundation for a high skyscraper..With me so far…….
      Or wiki Edward Halloran, former cement king of NY who turn jailhouse informant for the Feds, then was never seen again.Lots of foundations built with his cement………….

      • blomfeld - Sep 5, 2013 at 2:18 AM

        *** Somewhere out on the great plains ***

        Blomfeld: Who is this man ‘Badintent’ whose words echo the truth ?

        Ten Bears: I believe it may be one of those who we’ve listened to before ?

        Crazy Dog: Yeah whatever, but does this guy know where we can find some chicks ?

        Blomfeld: We will find women brother, however let us speak to this man in the meantime …


        As the ‘Great Storm’ approaches Canuckle Nation …

        Blood and destruction shall be so in use
        And dreadful objects so familiar
        That mothers shall but smile when they behold
        Their infants quarter’d with the hands of war;
        All pity choked with custom of fell deeds:
        And Caesar’s spirit, ranging for revenge,
        With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
        Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice
        Cry ‘Havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war;
        That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
        With carrion men, groaning for burial.

        ps: while I’m positioned ‘forward’ here in the heart of Canuckle Land and you ‘safely’ due east in the Okanagan sector, I nonetheless implore you to take care during the coming storm and may God speed to you … comrade Blomfeld :)

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