Yesterday, Linda Evangelista was in Manhattan Family Court again, fighting for child support for her 4-year-old son, Augusten James. Only recently, it was awkwardly and scandalously revealed that the boy's father is François-Henri Pinault, who you know otherwise as Salma Hayek's husband and father to her 3-year-old daughter, Valentina, as well as the CEO of PPR, which owns Gucci, Yves St. Laurent, and Bottega Veneta, among other labels. The model's lawyer says Pinault has paid nothing in child support to Evangelista, who now asks for $46,000 a month from him — in what "would probably be the largest support order in the history of the Family Court," the judge said.
While the judge vetoed the $7,500 she requested for "vacation" expenses, he seemed sympathetic to Evangelista's request that Pinault cover the boy's armed chauffeurs. The child is a spawn of two pretty high-profile people, after all, 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," the judge said. He was also sympathetic to Evangelista's request for $80,000 to cover a full-time nanny because it's hard work being so beautiful:
"On days when I do not work, I am working on my image," Evangelista answered, her voice soft, and tinged with defensiveness. "I have to hit the gym. I have beauty appointments. I have to work toward my next job and maintaining my image," she said, "just like an athlete."
"When I work, it can be a 16-hour day," she added.
Pinault's family is thought to be worth around $11.5 billion. Evangelista is thought to be worth $8 million.
Model wants pretty penny [NYP]