Supermodel Linda Evangelista has been fighting for a $46,000-a-month child support settlement for a while now, and as of yesterday, it appears she’s still in it to win it. According to the New York Daily News, Evangelista showed up to the fight of her life at the Manhattan Family Court on Thursday in beige heels, a black pleated skirt, a floral blouse, an expensive gold watch and sunglasses. Almost immediately, the mudslinging began. Evangelista’s attorney William Beslow alleged that her billionaire ex Francois-Henri Pinault requested that she get an abortion as soon as she sprung the news that she was pregnant with their child. Pinault responded to the allegations on the stand, saying that he played no part in the decision to have the child, but told Evangelista that he’d “recognize the baby.” (It seemed like a fairly obvious point to us—if he’s taking part in the carnal act, of course he should recognize the child.) No settlement has been reached, but Evangelista is gunning for $552,000 a year, which includes $90,000 for one full-time and one part-time nanny and $175,000 for a bodyguard and driver. We guess she wasn’t kidding when she said she wouldn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day.
Considering supermodel and Canada Walk of Fame inductee Linda Evangelista famously told Vogue in 1990, “[Supermodels] don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day,” it’s not all that shocking to hear she’s demanding $46,000 a month in child support from François-Henri Pinault, the father of her four-year-old son, Augustin. The request for what seems like steep financial support is even less shocking when we learn that, according to Evangelista’s lawyers, Pinault presently has $11 million set aside in trust for his daughter with Salma Hayek, while Evangelista has received no child support for Augustin.
Pinault is the CEO of PPR, the luxury fashion retailer that owns Gucci, Yves St. Laurent and Balenciaga among others, which makes the man far from a pauper (Pinault’s family net worth is estimated at $11.5 billion). Evangelista is asking for $80,000 for a full-time nanny (for that much we presume the nanny flies Augustin around with a magic umbrella), $7,500 for travel expenses (which a judge already vetoed) and armed chauffeurs to tote the boy around, a request the Manhattan Family Court judge is sympathetic to, saying that “if there is a trial with a lot of publicity, there will probably be a need for two detectives to drive this kid around.” Good luck, Linda—if we’ve learned anything from the Katie Holmes flick First Daughter, it’s that nothing says “happy, well-adjusted childhood” like being followed by armed guards everywhere you go.