Linda Evangelista and Francois-Henri Pinault's child support battle royale got underway on Thursday and things got nasty fast.
The supermodel's lawyer William Beslow made the explosive claim that Salma Hayek's husband wanted Evangelista to have an abortion after finding out she was pregnant in early 2006. He told the court:
"After some initial happiness, he told her he wished she would terminate the pregnancy."
When Pinault took the stand later in the afternoon he admitted he dumped the supermodel because he wanted nothing to do with the baby:
"We were dating four months and I didn't even know her very much. She was so happy to be pregnant, but it was not planned. I decided to stop the relationship at that point."
Pinault was even asked if he thought Linda intentionally got pregnant, to which he replied "I guess so."
At the center of the case is the supermodel's $46,000/month demands. Evangelista's lawyer explained:
"Ms. Evangelista is not looking to piggyback on the lifestyle of Mr. Pinault. She is looking for a continuation of the reasonable lifestyle of Augie."
But Pinault's lawyer David Aronson begged to differ:
"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. It is the classic case of someone trying to bootstrap herself to something that is alimony. Is Mr. Pinault a comfortable man of substantial means? Yes. But in the four years preceding 2011, her average income was $1.8 million. These people have more money than a lot of people, but our position is that what we understand is being asked for is just ridiculous."
And things are only getting started!
Linda is scheduled to take the stand today and we expect there will be fireworks.
[Image via Ramey Pix.]
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