Robert De Niro To Pay Ex-Wife Grace Hightower $1 Million Per Year In Alimony, $6 Million For New Home In Divorce
Robert De Niro will pay his ex-wife Grace Hightower tens of millions as part of his divorce settlement.
The details were revealed as part of an appeals court decision in his nasty battle with his longtime partner.
The 78-year-old actor and Grace have been fighting in court for years after splitting in 2018.
Robert and Grace had been married since1997. The relationship was rocky at times with the pair breaking things off in 1999 but getting back together in 2004.
Grace had appealed a decision made in the divorce court about their 2004 prenuptial agreement. She believed Robert owed her half of his earnings during their marriage.
The Appellate Court wasn't persuaded by Grace's arguments and ruled Robert doesn't have to share the money.
“The husband’s income earned during the marriage and other business assets acquired during that time are his separate property,” the decision read.
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Grace shouldn't cry about the decision as she still walks away with a $6 million payment to buy a new home, will receive half of the proceeds after they sell their $20 million marital home and $1 million in alimony per year until she remarries.
The decision comes months after Robert accused his ex's spending of causing him to overwork himself. At the time, he accused her of having a "thirst for Stella McCartney" and diamonds.
In court, his attorney told the judge presiding over the divorce, "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."
“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?” his lawyer asked the court.
Robert claimed he was drowning in tax debt and the checks for his next two films were going straight to the IRS. Grace argued she was only trying to maintain the extravagant lifestyle she enjoyed during the relationship.