Supermodel settles child support case
Child support disagreements are hard and usually need the intervention of the court system to help settle the dispute. This was the case for supermodel Linda Evangelista and the father of her son, Francois-Henri Pinault, who were in court this week trying to figure out an agreement on child support.
This case has been in the media because Evangelista, 46, requested approximately $46,000 a month for child support for their son. To the rest of the world, this sum seemed extreme, but when you are a celebrity figure, the amount may be justified.
In court it was revealed that Pinault had known that he was the child's father since January 2007, but did not recognize the boy as his son until 2009. Pinault admitted that he had been more concerned about his wife and their new baby who they thought might have Down's syndrome.
Pinault thought that Evangelista's demand for $46,000 a month were not for his son, but to fund her lifestyle. She had said the money would be used for 24-hour child care and a bodyguard for her son.
During testimony, things got ugly when attorneys for Evangelista brought up how much Pinault spends on his other three children in comparison to their son. Pinault denies treating his son any differently and also alleges that he tried to work out a child support agreement in 2007, but got no response from Evangelista.
Monday afternoon it was announced that the case was settled after attorneys from both sides met with in the judge's chambers. No details of the settlement were announced and both parties will be expected back in court to approve the details in writing.
Pinault is the chief executive of his family's company that owns the luxury brands Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. He is the heir to the family's $11.5 billion empire and he earns approximately $4 to $5 million annually. Evangelista is the former face of L'Oreal Paris and is said to be worth $8 million.
Source: ABC News, "Linda Evangelista Settles Child Custody Case," Luchina Fisher, May 7, 2012