>> As the Manhattan Family Court proceedings — which last month confirmed PPR CEO and chairman Francois-Henri Pinault as the father of Linda Evangelista's son — continue, Evangelista was back in front of a judge yesterday with a $46,000-a-month child support request.
According to Evangelista's lawyer, William Beslow, Pinault has not paid Evangelista anything since the birth of their four-year-old son, Augustin James: "He's just been sitting back, paying zero." On the other hand, Beslow pointed out, Pinault spends $50,000 a month on a $12 million Los Angeles estate — held in a trust in the name of his three-year-old daughter with wife Salma Hayek, Valentina.
The majority of the monthly sum Evangelista is requesting would cover 24-hour nannies and armed drivers, her lawyer noted, arguing that these are privileges due of any son of a single mom and an overseas billionaire.
During a deposition last Tuesday, Pinault's lawyer David Aaronson asked Evangelista why she needed a $175,000-a-year team of armed drivers who are former police detectives and an $80,000-a-year nanny. "She testified that she wants to have a 24-hour nanny because she does not want to be alone with the child," Aaronson told the judge yesterday. "Miss Evangelista, you should understand, has a worth of more than $8 million, and she earned, last year, $1.8 million."
The judge immediately did away with the $7,500 Evangelista was seeking for monthly "vacation" expenses, but seemed sympathetic to the security and nanny costs, noting that these expenditures may be prudent for a high-profile, high risk child. "These are the extraordinary expenses that may be a part of the child's life," the judge added. "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." He added that it was understandable Evangelista would want another adult — in the form of a nanny — to be on hand, given security concerns and the travel requirements of her occupation.
"How many hours a week do you work?" the judge asked Evangelista at one point.
"On days when I do not work, I am working on my image," Evangelista answered. "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. When I work, it can be a 16-hour day."
A decision — on what "would probably be the largest support order in the history of the Family Court," according to the judge — is expected next month, when the parties return to Family Court.