The lawyer for the supermodel – who is seeking $46,000 in monthly child-support payments for her 5-year-old son Augustin with the French billionaire – reportedly asserted in a Manhattan family courtroom Thursday that Pinault “suggested she terminate the pregnancy.”
Speaking in court, Pinault – the husband of actress Salma Hayek – said he was “not involved in the decision” to have the child, but promised Evangelista he would “recognize the baby,” New York Daily News reports.
Pinault’s lawyer later denied the termination of pregnancy claim.
In the first day that the case was heard, the model’s attorney William Beslow said that her response to Pinault’s abortion suggestion was, “She would support the child herself, since he had made it perfectly clear to her that he had no interest in doing so.”
Beslow also said Evangelista has covered all expenses for most of Augustin’s life, and that her nearly $1.8 million-a-year deal with L’Oreal ended last year.
Reportedly, the $46,000 a month being requested would include up to $16,000 for armed ex-NYPD detective chauffeurs and $7,000 in nanny fees.
Pinault and Hayek are parents to 4-year-old daughter Valentina.