Businessman Richard Mason, 55, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in 2016. Consequently, he launched a rare paternity fraud case against ex-wife Kate, who had to pay him £250,000.
Recently in a bizarre turn of events, a man found the three kids he had with his ex-wife were not his when his specialist disclosed to him he had been barren since birth. Richard Mason sued Kate, his better half of 20 years when a specialist informed him in 2016 that he experienced cystic fibrosis and was incapable of having kids.
The revelation implied the kids he had raised as his very own since 1995 probably had been conceived amid an affair. The 55-year-old businessman, who helped to establish Moneysupermarket.com endeavored to get a £4 million cash sum paid as a part of his separation settlement in 2008 returned, while additionally seeking after his ex for paternity fraud.
Consequently, Mrs. Mason concurred toward the finish of November to settle matters with a payment of £250,000 - on condition the biological dad stayed mysterious. Roger Terrell, a specialist speaking for Mr. Mason, revealed to The Telegraph the move may have been incited by a desire to stop the character being uncovered in court.
He said, "I think it was the major reason for her settling. I was shocked and surprised that she settled, I thought we were going to have a very acrimonious court battle. We were confident that we would get a court order whereby the ex-wife, the mother of the children, would have to name the father."
He further expressed, "She didn’t want to name the father - why we don’t know - that is why she came to a financial settlement and in the settlement, she did not have to name the father," Mr. Mason trusts that talking publicly will bring further details of his significant other's affair to light and he further requested for the man to come forward for the sake of his kids.
In any case, a source close to the family said the children 'don’t want to know' about their biological dad as they are 'trying to get on with their lives' and still think about Mr. Mason as their actual parent notwithstanding two of them no longer conversing with him. The source likewise said his choice to open up to the world had come as a 'shock and surprise.'
The source further stated, "I assume the natural father, whoever he is, has not made any contact and no doubt doesn’t even know they exist," Mrs. Mason likewise conceded that in the late 1990s she had been having an irregular, four-year affair with another man. Her oldest child was conceived in 1995, while his siblings - twins - were conceived in 1999.
Mr. Terrell trusts the case is a lawful first, as there are no other known examples where a monetary repayment has been put aside because of supposed paternity fraud. He told the Mail that the disclosure resembled 'suffering a bereavement'. He further added, "In an instant I discovered I didn’t really have any children...if I could wave a magic wand, I would want to be in all their lives."