Robert De Niro’s estranged spouse won’t get half of star’s performing earnings, court docket guidelines

Robert De Niro's estranged wife will not get half of star's acting income, court rules

2021-10-22 08:36:27

Robert De Niro’s estranged spouse Grace Hightower isn’t entitled to half of the cash the actor made in Hollywood and enterprise ventures after the divorce, an appeals court docket dominated Thursday.

Hightower argued {that a} 2004 prenuptial settlement that she struck with the 78-year-old “Irishman” star entitled her to half of his earnings from once they have been collectively — claiming they’re marital belongings to be break up evenly.

However the Appellate Division rejected Hightower’s arguments upholding a decrease court docket’s ruling from February.

“The husband’s earnings earned in the course of the marriage and different enterprise belongings acquired throughout that point are his separate property,” reads the appellate court docket choice.

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Robert De Niro won’t be compelled to present half of his performing earnings to his estranged spouse, Grace Hightower.
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In February, Manhattan Supreme Courtroom Choose Matthew Cooper stated in a written choice that the prenup, “establishes that the majority of [De Niro’s] earnings earned in the course of the marriage, whether or not from performing, movie manufacturing, or enterprise ventures, constitutes his separate property.”

Nonetheless, Hightower will stroll away with hundreds of thousands beneath the prenup which says the pair ought to promote the $20 million house they lived in collectively and put $6 million towards shopping for a house of her alternative that she will be able to stay in with their two youngsters.

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And, beneath the phrases of the prenup, De Niro agreed to pay her $1 million a yr in alimony till she remarries or considered one of them dies.

Robert De Niro is one of America's most celebrated actors and has over 100 credits to his name. He's also won two Oscars and been nominated an additional six times.

Robert De Niro is considered one of America’s most celebrated actors and has over 100 credit to his identify. He is additionally received two Oscars and been nominated a further six occasions.
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De Niro’s lawyer Caroline Krauss informed Web page Six, “The choice speaks for itself. We clearly agree with the conclusion.”

In 2018, the 78-year-old “Raging Bull” actor quietly filed for divorce from the 66-year-old philanthropist. They have been collectively for 20 years with a 5-year hiatus, after they divorced for the primary time in 2003 solely to resume their vows and remarry a yr later.

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At an April listening to within the case, their attorneys blamed the opposite aspect’s shoppers for extravagant spending — with Krauss claiming De Niro couldn’t sustain with Hightower’s “thirst for Stella McCartney” and Hightower’s lawyer, Kevin McDonough, claiming De Niro traveled to social engagements by non-public jet or helicopter.

Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower married in 1997 and separated in 2018.

Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower married in 1997 and separated in 2018.
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Each attorneys downplayed their very own consumer’s spending.

They’ve additionally fought over how a lot De Niro ought to should pay to Hightower till they settled their divorce and the prenup kicks in.

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At that listening to, Cooper stated no matter how they find yourself resolving the case, “they’ll nonetheless come out of this richer than virtually any human being who walks this Earth.”

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McDonough didn’t instantly return a request for remark.

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