Linda Evangelista is seeking $46,000 a month in child support from Francois-Henri Pinault, Salma Hayek‘s husband and the father of Evanglista’s 4-year-old son Augustin James.
The model appeared at the Manhattan Family Court on Monday (August 1) to ask for the amount, which judge Matthew Troy noted would be record-breaking. “That would probably be the largest support order in the history of the Family Court,” he said.
So how would the money be spent?
According to Evangelista’s lawyer, it would cover full-time nannies at $80,000-a-year and armed bodyguards, which costs upwards of $175,000-a-year. Considering Pinault’s estimated $11.5 billion fortune it wouldn’t be a hardship on him, but enough to cause the judge to query Evangelista on how many days a week she works.
The 46-year-old said the expenses were necessary in order to keep up her stunning looks to maintain her career. “On days when I do not work, I am working on my image”, she said. “I have to hit the gym. I have beauty appointments. I have to work toward my next job and maintaining my image just like an athlete.”
Pinault’s lawyer turned a deaf ear, arguing that the expenditures were unnecessary and that Evangelista could well afford the costs herself. “She testified that she wants to have a 24-hour nanny because she does not want to be alone with the child,” complained Pinaut’s lawyer, David Aronson.
“Ms. Evangelista, you should understand, has a worth of more than $8 million, and she earned last year $1.8 million,” he continued.
Pinault – the chief executive of PPR, the group which owns Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Bottega Veneta – has not paid any support to Augustin since his birth.
Surprisingly, the judge was sympathetic to Evangelista’s appeal, saying: “These are the extraordinary expenses that may be a part of the child’s life. And if there is a trial in the support case with a lot of publicity, there will probably be a need for two detectives to drive this kid around.”
Evangelista, who had initially refused to reveal her baby daddy’s identity, conceived Augustin in early 2006 with Pinault during his breakup with then-girlfriend Hayek.