The wife of ‘killer cop’ Derek Chauvin followed through with her vow to divorce him today, insisting in a bombshell court filing that she doesn’t want a penny from the shamed ex-cop, DailyMail.com can disclose.
Kellie Chauvin, 45, said she was divorcing her husband of ten years due to the ‘irretrievable breakdown’ of their relationship.
She also revealed the couple officially split on May 28 – three days after he’s accused of killing George Floyd by kneeling on his neck during a brutal nine-minute arrest.
Despite Kellie, a realtor, stating she is currently unemployed, the mom of two adult sons from another relationship said she did not want any money or financial assistance from Chauvin.
‘Respondent is full capable of supporting herself,’ the filing reads.
Kellie, who came to the US as a child refugee from Laos, also applied to the court to have her name changed.
A former Mrs Minnesota America pageant winner, she once worked as a radiologist at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, the same hospital where Floyd was pronounced dead.
The couple met when Chauvin brought a suspect in for a health check before an arrest, returning to the hospital shortly after their initial meeting to ask her out.
They married June 12, 2010 in Washington County, Minnesota, the same court where she filed her divorce petition today.
Disgusted Kellie kept her silence for several days as video of Chauvin’s brutal antics went viral, before releasing a statement Friday indicating that her sympathies lay with the victim and his family – not with her husband.
‘This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family. She is devastated by Mr. Floyd’s death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy,’ attorney Amanda Mason-Sekula said on her behalf.
‘While Ms. Chauvin has no children from her current marriage, she respectfully requests that her children, her elder parents, and her extended family be given safety and privacy during this difficult time.’
Chauvin was arrested and charged Friday with third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Floyd. Kellie writes in the filing, obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com, that they called quits on their marriage one day earlier. ‘The parties have been separated since May 28, 2020,’ it reads.
‘There has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage relationship of the parties within the definition of Minn. Stat. 518.06, and the marriage cannot be saved.’
The filing explains that while Kellie was recently a realtor with Remax Results she is currently unemployed.
But it adds: ‘Petitioner is self-supporting, is not in need of spousal maintenance, and waives her right to receive temporary or permanent spousal maintenance from respondent’.
She does, however, ask the court to award her ownership of the former couple’s two homes, one in the leafy Oakdale suburb of Saint Paul, and a second in Windermere, Florida.
Both properties have been abandoned for days after they were surrounded by protesters and covered in graffiti.
As part of a press push for her bid for the beauty contest Mrs. Minnesota America 2018, Kellie had raved about her husband, telling the St Paul Pioneer Press: ‘Under all that uniform, he’s just a softie.’
She also told the outlet how the shaven-haired ex-lawman was a major upgrade over her previous husband.
‘He’s such a gentleman. He still opens the door for me, still puts my coat on for me. After my divorce, I had a list of must-haves if I were ever to be in a relationship, and he fit all of them,’ she said.
Kellie won the contest in October that year and went to Las Vegas in 2019 to compete for the national rounds of the pageant.
Today, however, her glamorous life is in ruins, with her husband regarded by many as the poster boy for white police brutality towards African Americans.
A shell-shocked relative told DailyMail.com that Kellie did not want to talk with the media and they did not want to stoke tensions further by speaking out on her behalf.
Her attorney Ms Mason-Sekula added: ‘Ms. Chauvin is not providing any additional statements at this time.’
Chauvin was moved to one of the most secure prisons in the US Sunday night to ensure he won’t be murdered behind bars, DailyMail.com previously revealed.
In a highly unusual move, Chauvin, who is facing a murder charge in the death of George Floyd, was transferred late Sunday to Oak Park Heights Prison – Minnesota’s only Level Five maximum security facility.
He was previously at Ramsey County Adult Detention Center where he was on suicide watch, before being moved to the Hennepin County Jail because of COVID-19 concerns but then moved to the high-security prison.
The Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) told DailyMail.com that Chauvin was transferred to prison and placed in ‘administrative segregation’ – solitary confinement – after a plea from the Hennepin County Sheriff.
The 407-inmate prison boasts of never having had an escape and is also regarded as one of the country’s safest, having only had one homicide in its history. Located on the border with Wisconsin, between the cities of Bayport and Stillwater, it accepts some of America’s most hated and high-risk inmates.
Chauvin was due to appear in court on Monday but with Minneapolis still gripped by unrest the appearance was pushed back until June 8.
Commissioner of Corrections Paul Schnell said Chauvin was moved to prison because of concerns about coronavirus and the huge influx of people being booked into Twin Cities jails on public order offenses.
‘First and foremost, we have a COVID situation. Second of all, a large number of people could be booked into Hennepin County Jail,’ Schnell said.
Privately though, law enforcement sources told DailyMail.com the move was to ensure Chauvin – now America’s most hated inmate – was not murdered behind bars.
‘If he was in the general jail population he would probably be dead in two minutes,’ a source told DailyMail.com. ‘This is entirely for security purposes.’
Chauvin will be held at the prison until next Monday when authorities face the daunting challenge of keeping his first court appearance in downtown Minneapolis shielded from further unrest.
It’s highly unusual to lock defendants up in prison before they have been convicted, however officials did something similar in the case of disgraced Minneapolis officer Mohamed Noor who shot dead a woman in 2017 while responding to her 911 call.
Across the country, protests and riots have broken out as demonstrators protest against police brutality and racism, amid a backdrop of a country that had already been shaken by economic uncertainty and public health fears caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Cities across the nation appear war-torn after rioters set establishments and cars in the middle of streets on fire, smashed windows of local stores and looted their shelves and clashed with law enforcement.
Many governors activated the National Guard in their states and sent them to cities being affected by protests turned to violence.
The president did not appear publicly on Sunday to address the rioters, who have engulfed the perimeter of the White House as well taken to the streets in several other U.S. cities, he did weigh in on Twitter, claiming that governors need to activate the National Guard in their states.
He lauded the improvements over the weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota by the National Guard’s presence – and while the demonstrations have appeared less violent since they started at the end of last week, police in the city said they discovered Sunday caches of homemade firebombs around the city.
Trump had to flee to the White House bunker to shelter in place for a short period of time on Friday, it was revealed on Sunday.
The president has also told aides that he’s concerned about his safety as the White House turned off its lights Sunday night while protests and riots continued a few hundred yards away from the residence.