Meet Toni Layton, Martina Navratilova former girlfriend. See photos, video and a biography of the ex-girlfriend who is now in a settlement battle with the tennis legend.
The Toni Layton relationship with Navratilova ended several months ago and she is in the news today as she has revealed her battle to get a reasonable settlement from the nine-time Wimbledon champion and former world’s No. 1 woman tennis player.
The couple lived together but never married and did not have the option as they resided in Florida, which has not legalized gay marriage or civic unions. Layton was with the 52-year-old former tennis star for eight years, and according to reports was offered only $200,000 as a settlement.
Layton is reported as saying:
‘There are a lot of skeletons in Martina’s closet. It is more like a storage facility full of them, and I know them all.’
Toni Layton’s rep Gary Smith says that Navratilova’s lawyers are attempting to ‘publicly discredit’ and ‘humiliate her.’ He goes on to say:
‘Navratilova’s team has another thing coming if they think we are going to just lie down and be steamrolled.’
Despite concerns of his client being being branded a ‘greedy gold digger’ Toni Layton’s lawyer, Raymond Rafool says:
“We are standing up for gay rights in this case…Toni has the right to obtain a fair settlement the same as if she were the spouse in a traditional marriage.”
As a biography, Toni Layton is reportedly in her 50s. She was the wife of computer salesman Jeffrey Lambert, whom she left to be with Navratilova eight years ago.
The couple lived in Nokomis, Florida, a coastal town in a waterfront mansion which they shared with their 17 dogs.
Their split-up several months ago, outside the home in a loud fight during which neighbors, reportedly Navratilova screamed at Toni Layton, saying, “I want you out of my life!”
More photos and video below.