The effects of the Covid-19 virus pandemic led American actor Robert De Niro, who in 2018 divorced Grace Hightower, to whom he had been married since 1997, to file for bankruptcy.
It was Caroline Krauss, the lawyer of the protagonist of One of Our Own, who has revealed the complicated situation that her client is going through. During an online hearing within the divorce process, the lawyer has been very negative about her client’s accounts before a Manhattan judge.
“Mr. De Niro is 77 years old and while he loves his trade, he shouldn’t be forced to work at this prodigious pace because he has to. When will that end? When will you have a chance to maybe not take on all the projects that come your way? Or not working six days a week for 12 hours a day just to keep up with Miss Hightower’s thirst for Stella McCartney? ”He said, referring to his ex-wife’s passion for fashion. “De Niro could get sick tomorrow, and the party will be over”, were his strong final words.
For his part, Hightower’s lawyer denies that the actor’s situation is as described by Caroline Krauss, and points out that De Niro “earned five million dollars for acting in the hit movie The Irishman; He spent $ 450,000 on a summer rental in Amagansett in 2019, he also spent $ 150,000 on a Thanksgiving vacation and a million on his adult children in 2019 and 2020, ”according to Fox News.
The story between De Niro and Hightower has been raging for years. The couple married in 1997. She was a TWA flight attendant and after two years of marriage, they signed their first divorce in 1999. In 2004, both were surprised by giving themselves a new opportunity, although they wanted to make a prenuptial agreement that would benefit both in case of a new separation. In 2018 that second disagreement came and, according to what was signed, the interpreter of The Untouchables of Eliot Ness must pay a million dollars a year to his ex-partner.
Last July, Robert De Niro’s lawyers alleged in court that the coronavirus crisis had decimated his income, so he decided to reduce the monthly credit limit of the American Express card to his ex-wife from $ 100,000 to $ 50,000.
According to the legal representatives of the interpreter, his high finances did not support the pandemic and he was forced to reduce spousal support by 50% to Grace hightower.
De Niro, a two-time Oscar winner for Raging Bull and The Godfather II, testified in the divorce trial via a Skype call. Hightower, too, told the court that she and their two children together, Helen, 8, and Elliot, 21, were kicked out of the residence at the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown.
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