Although Danielle claims that their marriage was already on the rocks, Keith has successfully had charges of alienation of affection and criminal conversation upheld since there was no evidence of previous marital discord. It was also proven in court that Francisco had purposely come between the married couple and created friction.Because Keith and Danielle share a daughter, he first had hopes to salvage the marriage and maintain a happy household. But once he found out about North Carolina’s adultery laws, he went full throttle on both Danielle and Francisco: “My marriage was murdered. It was destroyed.” He filed suit for criminal conversation, alienation of affection, negligent and negligent infliction of emotional distress, plus assault and battery for the previous dispute.As a result, Francisco has now been ordered to pay Keith King $8.8 million in punitive, compensatory, and tangible damages.
The married couple is now separated, and Danielle and her lawyer plan to appeal the court’s decision, as does Francisco Huizar III. Keith considers the $8.8 million compensation to be a hollow victory.