Tennessee Man Attacks Girlfriend over Suspected Affair with Mitt Romney

A Tennessee resident is accused of assaulting his girlfriend over a photo of a man he spotted on her Facebook page.

The Tennessee man apparently didn’t recognize presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. Photo: Mitt Romney/Flickr

A 40-year-old man is accused of domestic assault allegedly became anxious when he saw a photo of a man on his girlfriend’s Facebook page and suspected she was planning an affair.

However, it was discovered later that the other man is the presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, reports Cnews.

Lowell Turpin “angrily demanded to know who the male was,” an Anderson County Sheriff’s Department incident report states.

The man blamed the woman in “attempting to communicate with friends through her Facebook account.”

The 40-year-old went on and jerked her computer from her grasp, smashed the device into a wall, and then hit her in the face with his fist, read the reports.

Turpin remains in the Anderson County Jail, as he is charged with domestic assault in connection with the July 22 incident in Anderson County’s Claxton community, writes Knoxville News Sentinel.

It was also found out that the Tennessee man has been previously aggressive as his girlfriend revealed that he had struck her “multiple times over several years.”

Last year’s statistics shows that all that flirting on the social networking giant is leading to a sad but hardly surprising outcome: divorce.

Facebook was cited as one of the reasons for a third of divorces last ear in which unreasonable behaviour was a factor, claims U.K. divorce Web site Divorce-Online.

The lawyers revealed that in the past two years they had seen a 50 per cent jump in the number of behaviour-based divorce petitions that contained the word ‘Facebook’.

Mark Keenan, managing director of Divorce-Online, explained: “Facebook has become the primary method for communicating with friends for many people. People contact ex-partners and the messages start as innocent, but lead to trouble.”

He went on, adding: “If someone wants to have an affair or flirt with the opposite sex then it’s the easiest place to do it.”

According to the survey, the amount of Facebook-caused splits has increased in recent years, the PC Mag article says.

In 2009, the last time the survey was conducted, the social network was mentioned in just 20 percent of divorce petitions. In both cases, 5,000 divorce petitions were queried by researchers.

Keenan said that in majority of cases the spouses found flirty messages or photos of the beloved at a party they did not know about or with someone they should not have been with, claims The Daily Mail.

Anne-Marie Hutchinson, at Dawson Cornwell Solicitors, suggested: “If you are keeping things from your partner, Facebook makes it so much easier for them to find out.”

She said the social network can be cited as evidence of unreasonable behaviour: “If you are complaining that they have a drinking problem and they have posted statuses about going out on the razzle… that could be used.”

Managing director of Divorce-Online said he asks his clients not to use Facebook while going through divorce proceedings.

He added: “People need to be  careful what they put on  Facebook as the courts are now seeing a lot more evidence being introduced from people’s walls and posts in disputes over finances  and children.”

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