By KATHLEEN BROWNThe Washington Post | Updated Feb. 14, 2019 02:00:00The bride of a Washington D.C. wedding dress maker has filed a lawsuit accusing his father of a wrongful divorce and alleging that the father is using the suit to silence him.
Karen Hetrick-Schmidt, a 36-year-old former fashion model, filed a complaint with the state’s attorney general’s office Thursday against her father, Thomas Schmidt, 58, alleging that his wrongful separation from her and the death of her two children last year resulted from the couple’s marital separation.
She also alleges that the suit is a ploy by Schmidt to silence her and her children and seek financial compensation.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, says that a family court judge found in favor of Schmidt on Jan. 31, 2019, when he found that he was entitled to more than $500,000 from the settlement.
The judge ruled that Schmidt had been denied the right to appeal his award, and that the state had a duty to compensate him.
Hetrick and her husband, John Schmidt, sued in March.
The couple had moved to Washington in 2017 from California and had been married for more than a year.
John Schmidt, 57, is a senior editor at a Washington, D.CE news outlet, the Daily Caller, and a member of the Republican Party of Washington.
Kathleen Hetricks-Schultz, who lives in Maryland, and her daughters, Caitlin, 10, and Emily, 11, also sued Schmidt.
In a statement to The Washington News, Hetriks-Schumers attorney, Richard J. Bove, said, “Our goal is to hold Thomas Schmidt accountable for his wrongful conduct.
We also hope that the court will hold him accountable for the tragic loss of his wife and children.”
Kathley Brown contributed.