A BEAUTY queen accused by her millionaire husband of living a “secret double life as an escort earning $700,000” was arrested for reckless driving and sued for refusing to pay rent years before their divorce, court documents say.
NYC spinal surgeon Dr Han Jo Kim and his estranged spouse Regina Turner, 32, who was the Miss Connecticut USA winner in 2011, finalized their split before a public hearing could take place on Monday, according to reports citing court officials.
The Sun can exclusively report that Turner’s run-ins with the law began in 2008 when the 32-year-old brunette was arrested and fined $150 for reckless driving in her native Connecticut, court records revealed.
The then 19-year-old was speeding at over 70mph when she was stopped by cops three years before her pageant debut, according to a “Destroyed Case File Letter” from the State of Connecticut Superior Court obtained by The Sun.
Criminal driving violation records can only be retained for five years in CT if the infraction has been paid, according to this letter.
Later, the pageant beauty was sued in 2014 for not paying over $10,000 in rent to the landlord of her swanky SoHo abode, according to New York County Civil Court documents.
By the time a petition was filed in court on September 8, 2014, Turner had apparently racked up a whopping $10,185 in unpaid rent and ignored a request to pay the money, court records revealed.
This case was closed on November 3, 2014.
SUED OVER UNPAID RENT
Four days before her lavish wedding to Kim, 41, on November 27, 2015, a second case for the non-payment of $13,845 in rent was filed in the New York County Civil Court. This was closed on March 21, 2016.
More recently, in a 264-page document filed in the Manhattan Supreme Court, Kim alleged that his wife duped him into marriage by hiding her “secret life as a prostitute for wealthy men.”
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The pageant model runs an interiors-focused Instagram account, a defunct decor website; Turner also has “NYU Art History” on her personal Instagram bio and LinkedIn after Kim claimed she didn’t finish high school.
On her decor page, she refers to herself as an “#interiorswife” and references the summer cottage home in Nantucket that she and Kim frequented and their NYC apartment with stunning views of the city.
Despite his reported wealth, the doctor claimed in a court filing that Turner had been paid nearly $700,000 in cash for sexual favors by her clients since 2015.
Kim initially filed for divorce in December 2020 after he discovered an alleged racy text message from another man on a computer in their Upper East Side home, according to reports citing court documents.
The couple reportedly separated in April and it’s claimed Kim later alleged that his wife had been selling sex for money before they wed on November 27, 2015.
His bombshell amended complaint filed earlier this month in the Manhattan Supreme Court claimed that she continued to sell her sexual services during their marriage.
Turner’s alleged financial records revealed that there were a whopping $675,030 in cash deposits made between 2015 and 2021, with many checks coming from a New Jersey real estate executive.
She also allegedly received payments from a lighting designer’s UK-based company, which lawyers said “remains inconceivable” to Kim, a Spine Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, according to his explosive filing.
The complaint noted that despite “his substantial earnings as a spine surgeon, and his enormous generosity” to Turner she “continued to sell sex for money during the marriage.”
The millionaire surgeon – who is a registered Republican and became a certified pilot in 2008 – earned $3.2million in 2016 as one of the highest-paid people working for hospitals in NYC, according to Crain’s 2018 roundup.
Turner won the Miss Connecticut USA pageant in 2011 and allegedly conned Kim while they dated, telling the doctor she was working on an app that was supported by a wealthy investor in China.
He claims this was when she would allegedly travel to provide sexual services for cash payments of up to $10,000, according to a subpoena of her bank records cited by the New York Daily News.
When Kim asked Turner how she was supporting herself while the app was in development, it’s said she claimed she was living off a $500,000 inheritance from her great-grandmother, the document claims.
“Her savings and access to funds derived from her receipt of money in exchange for the provision of sexual services,” the document alleged.
Turner is said to have covered up her secret work by telling her millionaire husband she was going out with girlfriends or had to travel as part of her work, the papers allege.
The Daily News obtained the bombshell filing this week, which stated: “[Turner] clearly committed material fraud upon Dr. Kim by concealing her sale of sexual services in exchange for money prior to the marriage.
“As is further obvious, plaintiff would have never married defendant absent her lies and concealment.”
‘NEVER USED DATING SERVICE’
Kim alleged that his wife’s deceit began when they began dating in 2013 when she claimed to have studied science at the University of Connecticut and took a leave of absence for the CT pageant – but his papers claimed that she never graduated high school.
The Sun contacted the principal of Portland High School in Connecticut, where Turner reportedly attended. We did not receive a response by the time of publication.
Tunxis Community College in Farmington, Connecticut – where Turner said she was a student – confirmed that she was a student there but not a dental major as she had claimed in an 2011 interview.
“As for the high school diploma, all students need to provide proof of high school completion if they are in a degree program,” a school representative told The Sun, but did not specify her area of study.
In a pageant interview on August 18, 2011, Turner, then 21, said she had “never used an online dating service” and “would not feel comfortable in a tastefully nude photoshoot.”
Speaking about her reasons for entering the event, she said: “The pageant is meant to provide a positive alternative to the many destructive activities that lure our young people today and also to promote community service programs and local charities.”
The sparring former couple Kim and Turner settled before a hearing that was scheduled for Monday, July 26, 2021.
The Sun has contacted Turner and Kim’s respective lawyers and his medical practice for comment but received no response at the time of publication.
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