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Tennessee GOP donor off college board until divorce resolved

September 12, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A well-known Tennessee businessman and major Republican donor has left Belmont University’s board until his contentious divorce is resolved.

Belmont told The Tennessean in a statement Tuesday that Lee Beaman requested the temporary leave “until his family dispute is resolved.” Beaman is Beaman Automotive Group’s CEO.

Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville says Beaman has requested similar leave from its board.

Conservative think-tank Beacon Center of Tennessee says ex-board member Beaman is “no long affiliated with our organization.”

Beaman’s divorce case with his fourth wife Kelley began April 2017.

In court filings, she says Beaman treated her like “another ‘possession’ with which he could do as he pleased,” making salacious allegations about their sexual relationship.

Beaman’s filings argue against the allegations, saying she included “impertinent and scandalous” allegations to “harass” him.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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