Published December 06, 2011
NEW YORK – "Sex and the City" creator Candace Bushnell is divorcing her handsome ballet dancer husband Charles Askegard, alleging in court papers that he had an affair with ballerina Georgina Pazcoguin.
The feisty sex columnist and novelist who inspired Carrie Bradshaw took the dramatic step of naming beautiful "Nutcracker" ballerina Pazcoguin, who danced with Askegard for eight seasons in the New York City Ballet, as a co-respondent in her divorce proceedings.
Bushnell discovered Askegard's alleged affair with Pazcoguin after they agreed to separate, sources said.
"The divorce was proceeding amicably, then Candace found out about Georgina and became very upset. She believes their affair could have gone on for some time. Humiliated, it was her idea to take the unusual step of naming Georgina as a co-respondent in the divorce papers," one source said.
Bushnell, 53, is divorcing Askegard, who is 10 years her junior, after nine years.
Askegard left the NYC Ballet after 24 years in October to set up his own company, Ballet Next.
Pazcoguin was a guest at his retirement party hosted by Bushnell on Oct. 9.
Weeks later, Askegard and Pazcoguin -- who became an apprentice with the NYC Ballet in 2002 and joined the company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2003 -- performed together at the Alzheimer's Association Rita Hayworth Gala.
Bushnell declined to comment Monday night. Askegard said, "I respectfully decline to comment further regarding this matter. Georgina has no comment at this time, either."