Who is Regina Turner? Ex-Miss USA wife of millionaire doc led 'secret life as high-end hooker'

Millionaire spine surgeon Dr Han Jo Kim divorced his wife Regina Turner who earned $700K as 'high-end hooker'


                            Who is Regina Turner? Ex-Miss USA wife of millionaire doc led 'secret life as high-end hooker'
Regina Turner and Dr Han Jo Kim have finalized their divorce (YouTube/Miss USA, LinkedIn)

After claiming in court filings that he found his former beauty queen wife was engaged in sex work, Manhattan spinal surgeon Dr Han Jo Kim has finalized his divorce with Regina Turner. He filed for an annulment of his marriage to the former Miss USA candidate, saying she worked as a high-end call girl before and after their 2015 wedding, reports said.

In the incident reported on Monday, a court spokesman told the Daily News that millionaire special surgeon Dr Kim of the HSS Hospital negotiated his divorce from Turner before a public court hearing scheduled for 10 am. Turner allegedly received over $700,000 in cash from her customers, according to divorce papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.

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Who is Regina Turner?

Regina Turner, 32, is a former Miss Connecticut who was accused of being a high-priced prostitute in a difficult divorce by her New York surgeon husband, Dr Han Jo Kim. Turner, 32, was largely in the news before the allegations because she was a beauty queen who talked about being a dentist and helping needy countries, Heavy reported.

A video where she was crowned Miss Connecticut 2011 has a caption that describes her. “Regina Turner is the 5’7″ brown-eyed, daughter of Joyce and Jeff Turner. Her career ambition is to become a dentist. She wants to be able to educate young children as well as travel to third-world countries to help those in need. Her hobbies include; working out, keeping up with the latest fashion magazines and reading. Regina describes herself as sweet, ambitious and caring," it reads. She kept her name Regina Kim on Facebook.

Dr. Han Jo Kim and Regina Turner (Facebook/Regina Kim)

'Not about evening gowns and tiaras'

Turner was a resident of Old Saybrook who attended Portland High School, according to the Middletown Press in 2011. She was also a dental major at Tunxis Community College in Farmington. She competed for the Miss USA title as Miss Connecticut. “Contrary to the beliefs of some, being Miss Connecticut isn’t about evening gowns and tiaras,” Turner had said to the news outlet.

“Rather, the goal of the Miss Connecticut USA pageant is to offer a venue where young women can grow personally in poise, confidence, goal-setting, public speaking and communication skills, physical fitness, and self-discipline. The pageant is meant to provide a positive alternative to the many destructive activities that lure our young people today and also to promote community service programs and local charities," she added.

Turner was bursting with confidence in a 2011 Middletown Press article regarding her crowning as Miss Connecticut. “Whenever I decide to do something, I go all in,” she said to the newspaper. “I truthfully expect to win. I do it well, and I do it the right way. I put all my heart into it, and I always try my best.” Adding to that, she had said, "I hope this title will help me with school, as well as furthering my hobbies of modeling and acting. Possibly, I can turn those hobbies into a second career.”

'Sale of sexual services'

The New York Daily News exclusive reported that Turner “stumbled upon her secret life as a high-end hooker,” earning almost $700,000 in cash working as an escort before and after her marriage to the surgeon. “Not to belabor the obvious but… defendant clearly committed material fraud upon Dr Kim by concealing her sale of sexual services in exchange for money prior to the marriage,” Kim alleged. “As is further obvious, plaintiff would have never married defendant absent her lies and concealment.”

Kim claims he uncovered her secret existence in 2020 when he spotted a "raunchy iMessage" from a man to Turner. According to the Daily News, he learned that among her clients were a "prominent businessman, a New Jersey-based real estate executive, and an award-winning lighting designer." Turner has declined to comment on the allegations. Kim claimed she concealed her travels by claiming she was traveling to China to develop a clothing app.

The doctor claimed Turner lied to him about other aspects of her past, including that she had studied science at the University of Connecticut for three years before leaving to compete in the Miss USA pageant, the Daily Mail reported, and that Turner had never graduated from high school, according to Dr Kim's papers.

According to the papers, Turner stated in January that she had no income and was completely dependent on her spouse for sustenance. “On many of the occasions that defendant represented that she was out with girlfriends, she was, in fact, providing sexual services in exchange for money to men,” the complaint states. Dr Kim's request to annul the marriage on the grounds that he was a victim of fraud was set for a hearing on Monday.

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