A trial is scheduled to begin Thursday in a child support battle between Linda Evangelista and a man who runs a conglomerate that owns such brands as Gucci and Yves St. Laurent. Evangelista has reportedly been battling with Francois-Henri Pinault over complex child support issues in family court hearings since last year.
The couple had a child together in 2005, during a roughly four month affair that occurred when Pinault was on a so-called "break" from Salma Hayek. Pinault and Hayek are now married and have a 4-year-old daughter of their own.
In 2005, Evangelista gave birth to a son, but reportedly did not have Pinault named as the father on the birth certificate. Last year, Evangelista sought child support, and reportedly for the first time named Pinault as the child's father.
The trial scheduled for this week apparently does not include any paternity dispute, but only issues related to the best interests of the child and what claims for child support serve only those interests. Evangelista is seeking $46,000 in child support.
Pinault claims that not all of the $46,000 that Evangelista seeks is for support of the child, but for Evangelista's personal benefit.
Meanwhile, Evangelista claims that the child has the right to have a comparable lifestyle that that enjoyed by the daughter of Pinault and Hayek, the half-sibling of Evangelista's child. Evangelista claims that Pinault's $5 million per year income is sufficient to cover her child support request. Among the expenses she claims are in the best interests of the child are $7,000 a month for a 24-hour nanny and $15,000 to $16,000 each month to pay for armed bodyguards to protect the child.
Fox News, "Linda Evangelista and Salma Hayek's hubby ready to rumble in child support trial," New York Post, May 1, 2012
The Star-Ledger, "Judge to hear Linda Evangelista's record-breaking child support request this week," Vicki Hyman, May 1, 2012