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Saturday
May052012

Supermodel Linda Evangelista, French Tycoon Duke it Out Over Child Support

Rob Kim/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the second day of the battle of the malcontent millionaires, Linda Evangelista, 46, duked it out, litigation-style, with her former lover Francois Henri-Pinault, 49, on Friday over how much money she would receive in monthly expenses for their 5-year-old son, Augustin.

Evangelista was reportedly asking for upward of $46,000 in monthly expenses for Augustin (also known as Augie), and though she denied such a figure in court on Thursday, no additional figure has been floated.

David Aronson, Pinault’s attorney, argued in a New York family court that the issue is wholly  moot, contending that Pinault initially reached out to Evangelista and her former lawyer, Francois Chateau, in 2007 asking for a decision regarding child support. He says that the letter was met with no response. A letter sent from Pinault’s attorneys to Chateau reads, “Dear Francois, your silence is deafening… we owe it to our clients to conclude this matter.”

“When I make an offer, if there is not an answer, that means no,” said Pinault in court on Friday.

Though Pinault had known he was Augie’s father since January 2007, he did not recognize Augie as his son until 2009 after actress Salma Hayek had given birth to their daughter Valentina. When asked the reason for his clandestineness, Pinault admitted that he had been more concerned with Valentina at the time. They had thought for five months that Valentina had Down’s Syndrome and Pinault professed in court that “we almost lost the baby.”

Evangelista has been riled for asking for wild demands including a 24 hour nanny and bodyguard for Augie, with critics questioning if these expenses were not just means to gain funds for herself under the guise of child support.

“Most of the expenses [in Evangelista's list of $46,000-a-month in child care expenses] do not relate to Augie but they relate to Ms. Evangelista,” Aronson, said in opening statements yesterday.

Beslow shot down that argument in court today, citing legal documents created for Valentina that says any legal guardian can materially benefit from the provisions of her trust, saying that it’s hypocritical not to award Evangelista child support just because she may thusly benefit from it.

Staying true to her modeling roots, Evangelista was fashionably late for the second day, entering the court with powerhouse style in a white pencil skirt, slate-colored blazer, and python Christian Louboutin stilettos.

Evangelista’s lawyer, William Beslow, sought to shoot holes in Pinault’s argument that he treats Augie as well as he treats his other three children. Beslow noted that Pinault spent 260,000 euros on gifts in 2010. Only two of those gifts were for Augie, he noted, one of which Pinault cited as being from FAO Schwartz, “a piano thing”, he said.

Valentina, Pinault’s daughter with actress Salma Hayek, has been taken on a $52,000- 12-day vacation to Bora Bora and has a $12 million Los Angeles home in a trust for her.

All this comes after a thrill-rocked hearing on Thursday, in which lawyers for Evangelista claimed that Pinault had asked her to abort the baby and said that he never responded to child support claims. He insisted that he offered a counter-offer to her intial report in 2007, an offer he says went unanswered.

“I’m not going to pay money I’m not asked for,” Pinault said Thursday.

Pinault is the chief executive of PPR, his family’s company that owns such luxury brands as Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. Heir to the $11.5 billion empire, Pinault brings in $4 million to $5 million annually.

Evangelista, a mogul in her own right, is the former face of L’Oreal Paris and has graced the cover of over 600 magazine covers and is worth $8 million.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
May022012

Linda Evangelista Takes Salma Hayek’s Hubby to Court for Child Support

Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for Versace for H&M(NEW YORK) -- Linda Evangelista will face off in court against Salma Hayek’s billionaire husband Francois-Henri Pinault, the father of Evangelista’s 5-year-old son, Augustin.

The supermodel is asking Pinault, heir to a $11.5 billion family estate, for a record-breaking $46,000 a month in child support. The pair will meet in Manhattan Family Court Thursday.

Evangelista dated Pinault for four months at the end of 2005 and was pregnant with “Augie” when Pinault began dating Hayek in April 2006. Pinault and Hayek have been married since 2009 and have a 4-year-old daughter, Valentina.

Evangelista, 46, says she needs the money for round-the-clock care, a driver and armed bodyguards for her son, according to the New York Daily News. “I need to protect him,” she told Love magazine in February.

When a judge questioned the supermodel’s need for full-time nannies, she responded, according to the Daily News, “When I work, it can be a 16-hour day. On days when I do not work, I am working on my image. I have to hit the gym. I have beauty appointments. I have to work toward my next job and maintaining my image, just like an athlete.”

Famed divorce lawyer Raoul Felder told ABC News that he believes Evangelista’s claims are unrealistic. “It’s the triumph of illusion over reality,” he said. “That’s all this is, a fairy tale.”

“If she were married to him, that’s a whole other story,” he added.

Felder pointed out that even billionaire businessman Ron Perelman’s ex-wife Patricia Duff, herself a millionaire, only received $12,000 a month in child support for their daughter, Caleigh.

For his part, Pinault has defended himself against the perception that he has been a deadbeat dad.

“At every possible opportunity he has participated in my family life whether in France or the United States,” he said of Augie, who, under French law, stands to inherit one-quarter of his father’s estate. “He is totally integrated within my family,” Pinault said.

Pinault, 49, is chief executive of PPR, the conglomerate that owns Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci and Bottega Veneta. Dubbed the “King of Luxury,” Pinault owns homes in Paris and Los Angeles. His family estate includes Christie’s auction house, Château-Latour vineyard in Bordeaux and French premiere league football team Stade Rennais, the Daily News reported.

The 1980s supermodel is no slouch herself. She is worth $8 million and owns a downtown Manhattan penthouse as well as an Upper East Side apartment near her son’s school, according to the Daily News.

She broke up last year with billionaire Peter Morton, the co-founder of the Hard Rock Cafe, and soon after filed her case against Pinault. Since then, Pinault has been paying an undisclosed amount in child support for Augie and financing his health care and education, the Daily News reported.

But Evangelista, who kept the identity of Augie’s father secret until she filed court papers in July, wants more. She is also demanding that Pinault provide her son a home equal to the $13 million California mansion he put in a trust for his daughter, Valentina.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jan032012

Salma Hayek to Be Knighted in France, Raising Some Eyebrows

Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- She’s an Oscar nominee, producer, humanitarian and now a French knight.

That’s right. Salma Hayek, 45, was made a chevalier or knight of the Legion of Honor by French President Nicolas Sarkozy on New Year’s Day.

Within the next two months, the Puss in Boots actress will receive a formal induction, which involves a presidential medal pinning, according to People magazine.

Hayek’s father-in-law, French businessman François Pinault, was also honored with France’s highest civilian distinction of grand officer.

The National Order of the Legion of Honor was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 as merit award to honor military and civilian service in France and is separated into five ranks, beginning with knight, and going up to officer, commander, grander officer and grand cross.

Hayek’s inclusion on the list raised some eyebrows in France, where some accused Sarkozy of advancing his political ambitions with his choice in honorees. Hayek’s billionaire husband, François-Henri Pinault, and father-in-law are close friends of Sarkozy’s, according to the Telegraph.

The Telegraph reported that many vented online, commenting on the website of L’Express that Bonaparte would be “turning in his grave” to see Hayek knighted.

Hayek isn’t the first actor to receive the honor. Past honorees include Clint Eastwood, Marlene Dietrich, Robert Redford, and Jerry Lewis.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Oct072011

Salma Hayek: 'I'm Nobody's Barbie'

Venturelli/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Salma Hayek strives to be an independent woman. Though she's married to French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, the actress says she prefers to be financially independent. She tells Redbook magazine, "I don't ever want to have to depend on anyone completely. But when I have troubles sometimes, it's nice to have someone there to help."

Hayek's husband is the president of PPR, which owns the Gucci Group, but he doesn't have too much say over the clothes she wears. She says, "I'm still a Mexican. I like to play fashion with him, but I'm nobody's Barbie."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Sep132011

Salma Hayek’s Husband Breaks Silence on Child With Linda Evangelista

Venturelli/WireImage(PARIS) -- Perhaps three isn’t a crowd for François-Henri Pinault.

Actress Salma Hayek's billionaire husband has spoken out for the first time about his child with another bold-faced name, supermodel Linda Evangelista.

“He is totally integrated within my family,” Pinault told the French edition of Elle magazine about 4-year-old Augustin. “At every possible opportunity he has participated in my family life whether in France or the United States.”

Pinault added that Augustin has a relationship with his 3-year-old half-sister, Valentina, Pinault’s daughter with Hayek.

The family tree went from complicated to contentious earlier this year when Evangelista took Pinault to court, saying he hasn’t paid her a dollar (or, as the case may be, a euro) of child support since Augustin was born. Pinault also refuted those claims to Elle, saying he’s ”recognized” Augustin as his son since the day he was born.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Aug172011

Salma Hayek Enjoys Being Super-Rich

Venturelli/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Actress Salma Hayek married French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault in February 2009, and she's enjoying the lavish lifestyle that goes with having a billionaire for a husband.  Hayek, who has a four-year-old daughter with Pinault, says in the September issue of Allure, "I never understood the point of being privileged if you don't get to have the privileges."

She explains, "Like, people who won't take their kids to an expensive restaurant, or won't travel with them, or [who] make them pay for everything at a really young age. I think it's important that kids have responsibilities and understand the value of things, but I think it's great I get to travel the world with my daughter."

The New York Post reports that in addition to vacations and gifts, Pinault, who is worth more than 11 billion dollars, spends $50,000 a month from a trust fund on his daughter.  In addition, Pinault has a son with supermodel Linda Evangelista who was conceived during a break in his relationship with Hayek.  However, Evangelista only gets a mere $46,000 a month in child support for her son Augustin James.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jul012011

Salma Hayek's Husband Allegedly Fathered Child with Linda Evangelista

JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Linda Evangelista has a child with Salma Hayek's husband Francois-Henry Pinault, according to the New York Post. The Post claims that the French billionaire fathered the model's 4-year-old son Augustin 'Augie' James.

Evangelista went to Family Court June 30, 2011, to settle a child support agreement with Pinault.

Hayek and Pinault have a daughter together named Valentina.

No agreement between Evangelista and Pinault has been made yet.

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