Supermodel, billionaire settle child-support dispute

Mon May 7, 2012 4:18pm EDT
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By Chris Francescani

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Canadian supermodel Linda Evangelista and French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault reached a child-support settlement on Monday following two days of tense, often personal court testimony last week in Manhattan.

Lawyers for both parties declined to disclose the settlement. A lawyer for Evangelista called media reports that she sought $46,000 a month as a misunderstanding, but acknowledged she was seeking a "substantial" sum to raise their 5-year-old son.

Both parties agreed to return to court on Tuesday to finalize the agreement.

"Everybody's glad, for the sake of the child, that it's done," David Aronson, attorney for Pinault, told reporters outside of court.

The model and Pinault walked out of the courtroom together, whispering. The scene was a stark contrast to last week's trial, when Evangelista barely acknowledged Pinault and shot him icy glances during opening arguments.

Evangelista, 46, and Pinault, 49, had been embroiled in a contentious child-support trial over their son Augustin, conceived during a brief liaison in late 2005.

Pinault testified to ending the relationship after learning Evangelista was pregnant in early 2006. He denied a charge he had asked her to terminate the pregnancy.

Augustin was born in October 2006. Within a year, Pinault would father a child by actress Salma Hayek, named Valentina. Hayek and Pinault married in 2009 in Paris, on Valentine's Day.   Continued...

Model Linda Evangelista leaves Manhattan Family Court after facing her former beau Francois Henri-Pinault in New York in this May 3, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/Files.