Rupert Murdoch, Wendi Murdoch Forgo Trial, Agree to Settle Divorce

After 14 years of marriage, media kingpin Rupert Murdoch and his third wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch, took less than 15 minutes to take the final steps toward a divorce Wednesday, both agreeing to dispense with a trial and proceed to a settlement.

Terms were not disclosed in a small hearing room in New York State Supreme Court. The couple now has 60 days to complete the terms to which they’ve agreed.

Both Wendi Deng Murdoch, dressed in a forest green coat and carrying a leopard-print clutch, and Rupert Murdoch, dressed in a charcoal gray suit and wearing a dark red tie, answered brief questions from Judge Ellen Gesmer about their willingness to forego a trial. Both remained composed, displaying little emotion.

When the hearing was completed, Mrs. Murdoch gave her husband a peck on the cheek as they briefly clasped hands.

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