Baby Mama Drama: Linda Evangelista to Take the Stand Today in Child Support Case
May 04, 2012 - by Lester Brathwaite
While Linda Evangelista is one of the most beautiful women in the world, this court case is about to get real ugly. The Supermodel -- note the capital "S" kids -- is set to have her day in court when she testifies over son Augustin's child support.
Allegedly deadbeat dad François-Henri Pinault, who's married to and has a daughter -- Valentina -- with actress Salma Hayek(-Pinault), took the stand yesterday where he was grilled by Evangelista's lawyer, Bill Beslow.
Beslow claimed that once Evangelista told the billionaire that she was pregnant, "He suggested she terminate the pregnancy," something the PPR chairman/CEO vehemently denied. Pinault later insinuated that Evangelista had "taken steps" to get pregnant, even though they had only slept together seven times.
If we're talking about Linda Evangelista flying off the rails and poking holes in the condom, this might just be the trial of the century.
But I digress.
When the super broke the news that she was indeed in a family way, Pinault made it very clear that they were not going to be a family, but that he would "take my responsibility." Then asked why he hadn't paid Evangelista a single red cent in child support during the first years of Augustin's life he responded, She didnt ask and I didnt offer."
Evangelista had planned to support Augie herself until her contract with L'Oreal ended in 2010, as did her relationship with Hard Rock founder Peter Morton. She is not looking to piggyback her lifestyle on Mr. Pinault, Beslow said. She is looking to continue the lifestyle that Augies had.
Pinault's lawyer David Aronson, however, is not buying it, calling Evangelita's request for $46,000/month in child support "ridiculous."
This is a classic case of someone trying to bootstrap herself into disguised alimony," he said. Beslow objected, arguing that Evangelista hadn't requested that much, but Aronson cited the list of expenses she gave to Pinault, which included $90,000-a-year for both a full-time and part-time nanny and $175,000 for a bodyguard and driver.
She also wants a home for Augie on par with the $12 million mansion Pinault put into a trust for Valentina following a temporary split with Hayek, as a precautionary measure in case of divorce. Beslow in turn brought up the fact that Pinault has never taken his son on any of the high-priced vacations as he had with Valentina, nor did he bother to show up for Augustin's third birthday party even though he was in New York at the time.
It's unlikely that Linda Evangelista will gouge François-Henri Pinault for the record-breaking $46,000, but from someone who famously demanded $10,000 to roll out of bed, it's a perfectly reasonable request. My only concern is how Salma Hayek's handling all of this; though if I were to guess, there's probably another $12 million manse in her not-too distant future. [NYDN]