Billionaire tangled in child support dispute
Many Maryland residents wear his brands, and almost everyone has heard of them. Francois-Henri Pinault owns Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen, just to name a few.
Many people have also probably heard of Pinault's ex-girlfriend, supermodel Linda Evangelista, as well as his current spouse, actress Salma Hayek. Pinault has a child with each woman, as well as two children from a previous marriage. Evangelista is now in the midst of a high-profile child support battle with Pinault.
Evangelista has claimed that Pinault has not paid any child support for their 5-year-old son. Pinault has argued that Evangelista purposefully became pregnant during their brief romance. Even if it were true, however, that would not easily excuse him from child support obligations.
Pinault and Evangelista dated over a period of several months, although he says they were actually together for only one week total due to the fact that she lived in New York while he lived in Paris. He claims that he never knew her very well, and he could not at first remember when she told him of her pregnancy.
The model is reportedly requesting $46,000 per month in child support from Pinault, though she has denied asking for that exact figure. What Evangelista and her attorneys have done, though, is to point out the disparity between how Pinault provides for their son and how he treats the daughter he has with Hayek.
Pinault has brought his and Hayek's daughter on lavish vacations and has made arrangements for the girl to take possession of a $12 million Los Angeles mansion on her 21st birthday.
Evangelista has also complained that Pinault neglects their son, citing an incident where he allegedly lied about having appointments to avoid going to the boy's birthday party--even though he was already in town.
The trial, which started on Thursday, was expected to come to a close today.
Source: Forbes, "Billionaire Baby Daddy Drama: Linda Evangelista Takes Salma Hayek's Husband to Court," Clare O'Connor, May 3, 2012