According to multiple reports in the Canadian press, a court hearing was held in British Columbia on Tuesday over whether Francesco Aquilini, owner of the Vancouver Canucks, should pay child support for three of his four adult children while they continue their studies at universities. Aquilini was married to her mother, Tali’ah Aquilini, and their divorce was finalized in 2013, with Tali’ah Aquilini receiving sole custody and guardianship of all four children.
According to CBC, it was about redactions by Tali’ah Aquilini regarding information about her children. In receipts for reimbursement, Tali’ah Aquilini would black out information such as the names of her universities. In court, her attorney said she did so at the request of her children, prompting the attorney to provide the court with context as to why.
According to that Vancouver sun, the three younger children all filed affidavits of physical and psychological abuse they suffered at the hands of their father. According to the CBC, the court record is protected from the public under Canada’s Family Courts Act. But excerpts were read in court by Tali’ah Aquilini’s attorney, Claire Hunter. One excerpt is not from an affidavit but from a letter to Francesco Aquilini in 2020 from the fourth adult child who, unlike his younger siblings, is no longer at university. Here’s what Hunter read in court, according to CBC:
“Your relationship with us is a direct result of the way you treat us, whether you want to acknowledge it or not. We all have many individual accounts of your abuse towards us,” she wrote.
“I would like to officially state that I and my siblings … do not wish to have any contact with you, nor do we want you to have access to our contacts, medical information or any other information about our lives.”
In other excerpts read aloud, a child described how his father “beat them while they slept and kept beating them until they woke up,” according to the CBC. Another said their father punched them in the stomach. The longest portion read aloud is from an affidavit describing what happened after the kids got into trouble for being too loud, according to the CBC.
“The answerer [Francesco Aquilini] then they forced us all upstairs to our individual rooms, going into each room to physically abuse each child. I saw the defendant throw another child – then five years old – across the room,” the affidavit reads.
“I locked myself in my bathroom. The defendant broke the lock and threw his body against the door to come in and hit me. I called the plaintiff [Tali’ah Aquilini] and asked her to come home quickly and said I’m afraid the accused would kill me and I was worried that he had already killed my younger siblings.”
According to that Sun, Francesco Aquilini’s attorney told the court during the hearing that the affidavits were irrelevant to what was discussed. A statement was later released on behalf of Francesco Aquilini, said he denied molesting his children. It also said he had “concerns about the accuracy of the information provided in support of financial claims.” He also said the allegations were “made for an ancillary purpose”.
The NHL also issued a statement.
Outside the court, Tali’ah Aquilini made a brief statement, according to reporters Sun. She called the need to return to court “disappointing” but gushed about her children and how hard they’d worked at school, adding, “They’ve worked really hard to overcome the damage he’s already done to them.” Has.”
Clarification (8:49 p.m. ET): This post has been updated to clarify that the letter read in court was written by the fourth and oldest adult child who is no longer in college.
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