CORVALLIS, Oregon — An angry widow is suing her dead husband’s lover for $1 million, accusing her of negligently causing his death by not hiding their affair from her jealous ex, who beat the man to death when he caught them in the act.
In her suit, Lana Dong says nail salon owner Anh Tram Gia Phan should have known her ex-husband was extremely jealous of anyone she had a relationship with and was prone to extreme violence.
In December 2017, Phan’s ex, Than Duy Kim, caught her and Dong’s husband, 50-year-old Mitch Xuan Dong, having sex at her Corvallis, Oregon nail salon, the suit said.
Kim, 49, flew into a fight of rage and brutally beat Dong with a baseball bat and stabbed him several times. Dong died a week later from his injuries.
Even though Kim and Phan divorced in 2009, they continued to live together, and the suit claimed that she “knew or should have known” that her ex-husband was “extremely jealous” of any romantic relationships she had with other men, and had a predilection for “extreme violence.”
The suit also claims that Kim was involved in various criminal enterprises, including money laundering.
Lana Dong is seeking $1 million in damages for medical expenses and funeral costs — plus the loss of society, companionship and services to herself and the two children she had with her slain husband, with whom she had been married to for 30 years.
The suit also named Kim as a defendant. He is being held on $3 million bond in the Benton County jail as he awaits trial for murder.