Linda Evanelist is looking to get almost $50K a month for her son five-year-old Augustus and she is taking her baby daddy, Francois-Henri Pinault to family court this week. The model dated the French billionaire for just 4 months but conceived a son during the short courtship. Linda wants the same luxuries that Francois’ other child with wife Salma Hayek, Valentina gets.
According to the NY Post,
Glamorous Linda Evangelista and her billionaire French baby-daddy are ready to rumble at Manhattan Family Court.
The still-gorgeous-at-46 Evangelista and Francois-Henri Pinault — CEO of the Paris-based luxury conglomerate that owns Gucci and Yves St. Laurent — will be going to trial on Thursday to hash out a final order of support for five-year-old Augustus, the offspring of their four-month, 2005 affair.
With Pinault due to testify Thursday, and Evangelista on Friday, the trial is shaping up to be a financial slug-fest.
In court appearances last year, the sides had argued over some $46,000 in monthly expenses the cat walker wants Pinault to pay for.
These include $15-16,000 a month for gun-toting, ex-NYPD detective chauffeurs, plus a 24-hour nanny costing almost $7,000 a month.
Little Augie deserves a comparable lifestyle to what Pinault lavishes on his 4-year-old daughter by wife Salma Hayek, Evangelista’s lawyer, William Beslow has argued.
Besides, Pinault’s family is worth an estimated $11.5 billion, and Pinault himself is worth $2-3 million and earns $5 million a year, so he can well afford it, Beslow has argued.
Pinault spends $50,000 a month just on the taxes, upkeep and loan payments for the $12 million Los Angeles home he’s put in trust for the girl, Valentina.
But Pinault’s side argues that Evangelista doesn’t just want child support — she wants mom support, too.”Yes, Francois is rich, and yes, he will pay whatever the judge says, but some of her requests don’t pass the smell test,” said a source close to Pinault.
For instance, Evangelista — herself worth an estimated $8 million, and still pulling in $1.8 million in 2010 — has in past tax returns claimed 80 to 90 percent of the chauffeur cost as her own business expense, the source said.
Evangelista has even complained that Valentina gets to spend time at her grandparents’ lavish French country estate — and “Augie should have his own country house,” the source claimed.
“Pinault drives himself to work in France, and is a pretty low-key guy,” the source said. “He doesn’t want this — doesn’t want his kid’s business to be dragged into court. But they haven’t budged in any way,” the source said of Evangelista’s $46,000-a-month request.
“They say this is what we want, and they don’t give us another number.
“This is about the kid; it’s not support for her,” the source said. “They had a four month relationship. You can’t compare it to a marital home of a husband with a wife and daughter.”
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