Just before Linda Evangelista was about to the take the stand Monday, lawyers reached a settlement in the nasty child-support case between the Canadian supermodel and French billionaire François-Henri Pinault, who’s now married to Salma Hayek.
The terms of the last-minute agreement are unknown, according to the New York Post. Outside the courthouse Monday, Pinault’s lawyer, David Aronson told reporters, “Everybody’s glad for the sake and the benefit of the child that it’s done.”
A rep for Evangelista did not release a comment. After court Evangelista and Pinault, who had did not made eye contact during the trial, were seen talking to each other.
The model, 46, had been seeking $46,000 in monthly child-support payments for their 5-year-old son Augustin, whom they refer to as ‘Augie.’
The bitter battle included claims that Pinault had “suggested she terminate the pregnancy.”
Reportedly, Pinault had asked Evangelista not to go public with her claim for support because his then-girlfriend, actress Salma Hayek, was having a “difficult pregnancy.”
He said, “We were told the baby had Down syndrome until late May 2007. I asked Linda to delay [Augie’s] legal recognition process until after the birth of Valentina.”
It was revealed last year that Pinault, who wed Hayek in 2009, had fathered a child with Evangelista.
The French businessman has two other children from a previous marriage, which ended in divorce in 2004, and a 4-year-old daughter, Valentina, with Hayek.