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Belly Dancing Sinks S.I. Woman’s Disability Claim

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Brian McGurk went to court after discovering a blog that showed his 43-year-old ex-wife dancing at a gallery in Manhattan. (Credit: DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — A Staten Island woman who was getting $850 a month in alimony because she was supposedly disabled and unable to work had to give the payments up after her ex-husband spotted photos of her belly dancing on the Internet.

Brian McGurk went to court after discovering a blog that showed his 43-year-old ex-wife dancing at a gallery in Manhattan.

In other Internet postings she wrote about dancing vigorously for several hours every day.

Dorothy McGurk told the court that the dancing was physical therapy for injuries she suffered in a car accident in the mid 1990s.

A county judge didn’t buy it, and reduced her payments to $400 per month.

The judge also ordered her to pay her ex-husband’s legal fees and 60 percent from the sale of their home.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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