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Judge tosses case against Silicon Valley mogul; says wife made up abuse story

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

In this undated photo provided by her attorney, Jenny Brandt, Ellena Berg, 37, recovers in a hospital after police found her bloodied and bound in her San Jose, Calif. home. A judge on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 dismissed all charges against her husband, 74-year-old Silicon Valley real estate magnate Clyde Berg, who she accused of chaining her to a bed for two days while she was pregnant and sexually assaulting her with a golf putter.The 37-year-old wife of Silicon Valley real estate mogul Clyde Berg, 74, made the whole thing up about his tying her to a bed and sexually abusing her with a golf putter. That’s what a judge concluded yesterday in dramatically dismissing the case brought by Ellena Berg, the mogul’s estranged Swedish-born wife while ridiculing her story as “not worthy of belief.”

That’s after lots of drama during five days of testimony in which she’d left the witness stand three times under emotional duress, checked herself into a hospital’s mental ward over the weekend, and replied that she didn’t remember at least 44 times while being questioned Monday before Judge Ron M. Del Pozzo had enough. (The undated photo, circulated by Ellena Berg’s attorney, purports to show her after police found her bloodied and bound inside the couple’s home.) Mercury News


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