An Ontario judge has criticised Eleanor McCain, heiress ex-wife of the former Toronto Symphony boss Jeff Melanson, of deliberately delaying the divorce in an attritional strategy.
McCain’s lawyers have said she is too busy to meet a June deadline because she is recording an album.
Ontario Justice Carolyn Horkins ruled that she ‘has pursued a vindictive, time-consuming and costly approach.’
Melanson, she added, ‘has had to borrow money from friends and family, use his line of credit and sell his condominium … He is unemployed and cannot find a new job. (McCain) does not deny that she has embarked on a vindictive path . . . and she will stop at nothing to ruin (Melanson) professionally and financially.’
Melanson is seeking a $5 million settlement.