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Child Benefit: Model's Megabucks Demand
Linda Evangelista is locked in a court battle with the billionaire father of her son - and is reportedly seeking as much as $46,000 (£28,000) every month for child support.
The 46-year-old wants five-year-old Augustin to have a bodyguard, a driver and a 24-hour nanny, according to a list by Francois-Henri Pinault's lawyers.
The Frenchman, 49, is married to Hollywood actress Salma Hayek, with whom he has a four-year-old daughter, Valentina. He also has two other children from a previous marriage.
Evangelista, who gave birth to the child after their short relationship, has said she needs around-the-clock childcare for the boy because she works full-time on her modelling career.
The legal face-off started on Thursday with Evangelista's lawyer William Beslow claiming that when the model told the Gallic tycoon she was pregnant in 2006, he asked her to get an abortion.
Pinault, who heads the PPR luxury goods conglomerate whose brands include Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent and is believed to be worth more than £3bn, refuted the allegation.
He insisted he told Evangelista that "if she were to have a child (they) might not have a relationship".
With that, the four-month relationship, in which he said the couple only actually saw each other seven days, came to an end.
"I asked Linda what were her intentions with the pregnancy, we were dating for four months, we had been together seven days, I didn't know her very well," he said.
"She told me if I didn't want to be involved to raise that kid, she would understand and she would take care of the kid... I was not involved in the decision of having the baby."
He conceded he broke off their relationship, adding: "Then of course, I told her I would recognise the baby, which I did. I would take my responsibility and I did."
The businessman acknowledged that he had not paid any child support for Augustin, but said he was the first one to raise the issue in 2007.
"I received a demand that was not reasonable," he said.
Evangelista's lawyer has disputed the reported amount the model is seeking, while acknowledging the sum is "substantial".
The case is being heard at Manhattan Family Court and is expected to last several days.
what do you think?
Yes it is an extortionate amount but he can afford it. So pay up!
just because he can afford it does'nt mean she should take the mick with her demands,its her child if it was that much of an inconveniance to her she should have got rid of it before it was born,what kind of life does the child have when its looked after 24-7 by her nanny because she is too busy "modelling" i mean shes 46 theres only so much anti wrinkle cream you can model at that age oh and M&S adverts of course
I agree with gavin. Children are to be loved and nurtured, not to be used as a cash cow. He can afford it, so what? She chose to have the child. If she wanted to continue her career full time then maybe she should've considered the implications. Can't stand women like this, they give the rest of us a bad name
Wow Jenny Molloy, a woman with common sense and a brain, you give us men hope unlike angie sorenson above who appears to believe that only the man is to blame for this conception. Thank you for your undoubted sense and maturity!
Darling you're 46 time to stop the modeling career and concentrate on loving your child maybe make her feel like shes loved and not some kind of hand baggage
They're both as bad as each other. A good example of how some people should never have the ability to reproduce.
Greed at its dirty best. It's shameful
Hmm, its come to court after 5 years. Could it possibly be that she is realising that her earnings are falling as she heads towards 50, and wants to secure a nice little income to supplement her earnings? I'm all for feckless fathers being forced to support their children, but Pinault 'allegedly' claims that a relationship was not on the cards if she went ahead with the pregnancy. While callous, thats a pretty strong indicator that any decision she made would be hers, ONLY hers, and therefore it puts the responsibility far more on HER shoulders, in that she went ahead anyway. She made a decision based on 'baby or career', and at the time she could afford both. If the child is so much trouble that she needs to dump it on a surrogate 24/7, then I have to say that she is not being portrayed as a caring mother. (I hope that she is, and its just the way this article is written that conveys that impression)
Roy E Millington
SOUNDS LIKE SHE JUST WANTED AN EASY LIFE ON HIS MONEY, SHE TRICKED HIM GOOD
Seeing as how she simply views the child as a 'meal ticket' then the child should be taken into care and adopted by a responsible couple who would bring the child up with love and care!
ow to be filthy rich and knock up a model in seven days. such a hard life. i just hope the kid has a memorable childhood and is cared for!
If he does not want to pay for the child he created,he should of made sure he used protection,stop moaning and pay up!
im all for paying up but the amount of money shes asking for is obscene! thats more than i earn a year per month! makes me sick!
He has been offering to pay for his child, most men dont. She is just taking the pee, what a greedy and selfish cow!!!
And I suppose as a mother she could not have been in any way responsible for the childs conception can she? And you wonder why some men brand women like you as airheads!
Only he created it? She was an innocent bystander?
My mum can't work anymore due to her lynthadema (befroe this year she had worked scince the age of 16 up till the age of 44) shehad my and my 3 sisters when we were in a completely stable home life the my dad left her. my gets 75% off rent (im 18 the 25% got taken off 4 months ago) point is we survive on £150 a month for food and desiel and my dad gives my mum £100 so £250 to feed clothe and home 5 people. Why does that model need £28,000 a month!?
Anyone can be a father but its much better to be a daddy
Greedy cow!! Try and manage on £70 a month love, thats the real world!! £50 of that only just pays for my sons school dinners.
This is pure greed. What on earth could she possibly need that much money each month for that will enrich her childs life that much?
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