Domis drop the gloves

It's the end of the day and Tie and Leanne Domi get a ride home from the ACC. (SUN/Veronica Henri)

It's the end of the day and Tie and Leanne Domi get a ride home from the ACC. (SUN/Veronica Henri)

SAM PAZZANO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:38 PM ET

Tie Domi's estranged wife yesterday alleged his account of their stumbling marriage is fabricated to justify his affair with Liberal MP Belinda Stronach.

Domi now "needs to believe" that the marriage was in trouble, "if for no other reason" than he probably told that to Stronach at the outset of their affair, Leanne Domi wrote in an updated divorce affidavit, filed yesterday.

"I had no idea how that story that our marriage ended in 2005 got started. I was hurt ... it was simply untrue," Leanne wrote.

"Sadly, I now believe that this information was manufactured and created, and indeed put 'out there' by Tie Domi to serve his own pride and (to) justify his behaviour," she wrote.

She has claimed also they tried to patch up their marriage after Domi's alleged 1999 affair with actress Tia Carrere.

Carrere jumped into the public statement fray yesterday to set the record straight on "slanderous accusations."

"My friendship with Mr. Domi over the years has never been anything but platonic," Carrere said in a statement.

Stronach also tried to distance herself from the war of the Domis yesterday, saying she will not answer "inaccurate and irresponsible" and "unacceptable" comments.

"Any problems between Tie and Leanne Domi are not related to me. Only they can speak to their own issues," the daughter of billionaire Frank Stronach said in a statement.

But Leanne Domi, 40, who last week filed for divorce from the former Maple Leafs tough guy, citing grounds of adultery and cruelty, freshly asserts Stronach was a factor.

The marital bust-up coincided with "the evolution of Tie Domi and Belinda Stronach's budding romance," she wrote.

In the initial divorce papers, Leanne Domi portrayed her estranged husband as an "angry, violent" cheater who romanced Stronach, while he ignored his three kids -- Carlin, 12, Max, 11, and Avery, 7.

None of the allegations in Leanne's two affidavits have been proven in court.

In response to Tie's public statements that their marriage had been on the rocks for years and the breakdown was a "shared failure," Leanne asserts it did not end until Stronach showed up on the scene.

MARRIAGE WAS FINE?

In her new affidavit, Leanne listed several examples of how Tie lavished her with love and money in the past year.

Leanne states that Tie surprised her with an early "40th birthday party" in August 2005, flying "over a half dozen friends" by private plane to a friend's yacht in New York.

Tie's emotional speech to Leanne at the party "brought the party-goers to tears ... there was never any inkling, or any trouble or strain," she wrote.

As recently as this past Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, Tie took her to the Ocean Club in the Bahamas and acted "like a totally devoted, loving and proud husband" to her.

At his 1,000th NHL game in March, Domi credited Leanne's role in his accomplishment.

At the post-game party, she asserts, Stronach "latched on" to Tie and wouldn't leave his side throughout the party.

Domi says he "deeply" regrets the way the couple's life has been "made public."

"I will not respond to Leanne's each and every allegation. I admit we ought to be divorced," Domi has said.


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