Cashman's wife files for divorce
The wife of Yankee general manager Brian Cashman filed for divorce Friday — a day after her husband was publicly accused of a second affair, this time with a woman who was charged with shaking him down, sources said.
Mary Cashman, 42, submitted divorce papers in Stamford, Conn., superior court, listing her husband as "B.M. Cashman" and writing that the marriage "has broken down irretrievably."
She is seeking permanent alimony, a split of their property and joint custody of their 13-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son.
Mary Cashman, who now has endured two publicly-humiliating allegations of her husband's philandering, has been living apart from Brian Cashman in the family's $3.7 million Darien, Conn., mansion with the kids, sources said.
She hired top divorce counsel Gaetano Ferro, who represented Jane Welch during her half-billion-dollar split from former General Electric boss Jack Welch.
Mary Cashman's divorce filing came less than 24 hours after a TriBeCa woman, Louise Meanwell, aka Louise Neathway, appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges she stalked Brian Cashman and extorted more than $6,000 from him.
Prosecutors said Meanwell bombarded him with hundreds of text messages, and demanded he cough up $15,000 to pay for an unspecified medical procedure. Brian Cashman made two payments, one for $4,000 and another for $2,000.
Meanwell, who could not post $200,000 bail, was shipped to Rikers Island.
She has claimed to several friends that she and Brian Cashman, 44, had a nearly yearlong affair and that she ended it after he reneged on a promise to leave his wife.
Last spring, she began telling friends that she was dating Brian Cashman, boasting of visiting him at his Yankee Stadium office, scoring game tickets and hooking up with him in Manhattan.
"She said he'd come and stay with her," one pal said, who recalls Meanwell gushing about the general manager during a game at Yankee Stadium.
"It was more than an affair. It was like she was his girlfriend," another Meanwell friend, who attended that game, said. "She said, 'Me and Brian are dating. Him and his wife are going through a divorce. They're not living together.'"
Mary Cashman served her husband with divorce papers Jan. 31, the day before Meanwell was arrested. The documents were filed in court Friday.
In the past, Mary Cashman has stood by her man amid reports that he was stepping out on her. In 2009, he was romantically linked to a Westchester soccer mom of two, Kim Brennan.
A spokesman for Brian Cashman declined to comment on the divorce filing. His wife's lawyer did not return calls for comment.