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Robert De Niro Is Being "Forced To Work" Just So He Can Pay For Ex-Wife's Lifestyle, Alleges Lawyer

Robert De Niro Is Being "Forced To Work" Just So He Can Pay For Ex-Wife's Lifestyle, Alleges Lawyer

The actor's lawyer said that he overworks himself just so "he can keep pace with Ms. Hightower’s thirst for Stella McCartney?”

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Hollywood Icon Robert De Niro can carry off even the most difficult roles with ease, but unfortunately the same cannot be said for his personal life. According to Insider, the actor is being forced to say yes to every role that comes his way, irrespective of his preferences, because of the fix he is in with his estranged wife, actress Grace Hightower. These claims were made in court on Friday by his lawyer, Caroline Krauss, who told a New York judge that the actor is struggling to keep pace with his workload, reports Page Six. “Mr. De Niro is 77-years-old, and while he loves his craft, he should not be forced to work at this prodigious pace because he has to,” Krauss said. 

 



 

 

“When does that stop? When does he get the opportunity to not take every project that comes along and not work six-day weeks, 12-hour days so he can keep pace with Ms. Hightower’s thirst for Stella McCartney?” Krauss said. “He could get sick tomorrow, and the party’s over,” she added. De Niro and Grace Hightower first married in 1997. The pair split in 1999 but then, they renewed their vows in 2004 before the actor officially filed for divorce in 2018. Hightower’s lawyer, Kevin McDonough, has argued that since the divorce, De Niro has been unfairly cutting down on the money he sends Hightower, going from $375,000 a month to just $100,000 monthly as recently as January.

 



 

 

But, Krauss has argued that Hightower's expenses keep increasing and that she's splurged on diamonds worth millions in 2019 alone. Krauss then added that De Niro is also a tax delinquent and has to pay millions of dollars, which he hopes to pay off from the income of his next two films. But, during the hearing, McDonough, said there had been no "cutbacks and no slowdowns in Mr. De Niro's lifestyle whatsoever." McDonough said: "When Mr. De Niro goes to brunch Sunday in Connecticut, he charters a helicopter up there. When he flies down to see his friends in Florida or wherever else, it's a private jet."

 



 

 

“I want to get these parties divorced,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper said. “I want to get Ms. Hightower and Mr. De Niro to go their separate ways. They will still come out of this richer than almost any human being who walks this Earth,” Cooper said. Earlier in the hearing, Cooper reminded both sides, “There is nothing ordinary about these expenses. For 99.9999 percent of the world, these are extraordinary to an almost unimaginable degree.” De Niro and Hightower share two children. A 9-year-old daughter whom they had through a surrogate and a 23-year-old son.

 



 

 

People had a lot to say about the issue, and Fred Pickering wrote: Lots of us can be asset rich and cash poor and if you sell assets to get a lump sum but then your earning income comes down plus there's capital gains tax to contend with, so net worth is not a good measure. Meanwhile, Betty Savage added: It really sad that it always the women who gets demonize we don’t know both sides of the story we don’t know what she put up with over the years or him.... he agree to the divorce settlement and now cause of Covid-19 it change the course of things cause he is old he don’t get a pass he gotta work well then that what he have to do.

 



 

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