Chavin’s Ex Says Floyd Death ‘Ruined My Life,’ But Backs Former Cop’s Appeal

Derek Chauvin's ex-wife says ex-Minneapolis police officer "ruined" her life, but she is "doing good" now after filing for divorce, changing her name and fleeing from Minnesota, but she still supports her ex-husband's bid to overturn his conviction.

  • Kellie Chauvin, a 48-year-old former beauty pageant queen, has remained quiet since Chauvin in May 2020 knelt on George Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, resulting in his death and sparking nationwide protests.
  • “Have I been in contact with him? No, I’ve moved on,” Chauvin told the for an article published Monday after the outlet tracked her down in Wisconsin.
  • Speaking about the incident about Floyd and her husband, Chauvin said: “It ruined my life. But I’m doing good. It’s just something that you have to deal with. I don’t know how you found me, this isn’t even my house.” However, she also said she has been unable to find work due to threats.
  • Chauvin was sentenced to more than two decades in prison for murder, manslaughter and federal charge for violating Floyd’s civil rights. Last month, he appealed the state convictions, arguing that he was unable to receive a fair trial.