Thanks for the response. I'll cut and paste the section below. A bit of context: it was in the middle of a huge e-mail sent by my former partner (Fiona) to my boss, who then sent it on. My boss had permission to show it to me.
"The children call him the "Paedo c**t" as he used to come round at Christmas and give them presents/babysat them once/had them sitting on his knee....he is seriously better off leaving them alone as there is a suggestion from them that he was grooming them too. He should back off whilst he's ahead."
Couple of relevant points: the four children are now aged 21,19 and 17 (twins). The affair lasted 23 years until her husband found out in November. She's trying to re-build things at home.
If you need more info, just let me know. I'll be around most of the day but may drift offline occasionally.
Fiona and I work in the same office - for the same boss. Sorry, I should have made that clear.
It's complicated but I'll keep it simple. Me, Fiona and Emma (the boss) have been friends for many years.
When Fiona and I split, she refused to speak to me - she said had promised her children she would have no further contact with me. No phone calls, texts, e-mails etc. When I tried to contact her, she reported this to Emma, even though it has nothing to do with the firm. It's a private matter.
Fiona's recent lengthy e-mail was sent to Emma, but was always intended to be passed on to me because she didn't want to break her promise of no communication to her children. (I told you it was complicated!)
So.... briefly.... does it have anything to do with Emma and is Fiona justified in sending it to her? The answers are both "No", in my opinion. She could have sent the e-mail directly to me, couldn't she? Why involve the boss?
Hope this helps.
This is brilliant! Thank you so much for your quick and concise answer. It has put my mind at rest and I can now move forward with more confidence as I decide my next move. You've shone a very bright light under a very dark stone. Once again, many, many thanks!