Nearly 15 years after being released from prison for having a relationship with her student, Mary Kay Letourneau are still (happily?) married to Vili Fualaau, but what does his mother Soona Vili think of her controversial daugter-in-law? Soona sued the school district and police department for failing to protect her then 12-year-old son from Mary Kay — but admitted even then she couldn’t hate her.
“I can’t say I hate Mary,” Soona said. “Just a couple of weeks ago my granddaughter turned around to me and asked, ‘Do you love my Mary mommy, Grandma?’ And I’m supposed to tell her ‘Yeah, I hate your mother?’ I can’t. I can’t. … And looking at my granddaughters, I can’t consciously say I hate this woman.” Soona was granted full custody of Mary Kay and VIli’s daughters, Audrey and Georgia, while she served seven years in prison and was adamant she did not condone the relationship and even confronted the disgraced school teacher when she found out.
Mary Kay and Vili in 2005.
“It’s really disrupted my family and even to this day she still disrupts our family,” Soona said at the time. “Even to this day, Mary still abuses my son.” Following their 2005 wedding, Soona was ready to put the past behind her for the sake of her family. “I think all mothers would like to choose the course for all of their children,” she told The Early Show. “But it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be the right course. If I were to choose the course and it didn’t turn out the way that it was supposed to turn out, then he will turn around, in fact, and blame me. This is the course that my son had chosen for himself, so he’s living it out.”However, her negligence lawsuit was ultimately rejected in 2002.
Today, very little is known about Soona but she posts photos with her granddaughters on Facebook from time to time. As for Mary Kay, she stil feels she did nothing wrong because she did not think her relationship with the teen was considered illegal. “I was suspended and all of a sudden, it doesn’t look good for me,” she explained during her recent A&E documentary. “I’m married still, even though I was in a separation period, that’s really not OK. I didn’t imagine I would need an attorney. I didn’t imagine there were criminal consequences. I didn’t know that I needed an attorney, get it.”
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