Robert De Niro struggling to maintain up with spouse’s ‘thirst for Stella McCartney’: divorce lawyer

“Getting older Bull” Robert De Niro is being labored to demise to maintain up along with his estranged spouse’s extravagant way of life — together with her “thirst for Stella McCartney” and $1 million-plus diamond rings, his lawyer claimed in courtroom Friday.

The aged appearing legend is already a tax delinquent once more — with the paychecks from his subsequent two motion pictures to offset his newest multimillion-dollar invoice to Uncle Sam, his divorce lawyer claimed.

“Mr. De Niro is 77 years outdated, and whereas he loves his craft, he shouldn’t be compelled to work at this prodigious tempo as a result of he has to,” De Niro’s lawyer, Caroline Krauss, advised a Manhattan choose throughout a digital divorce listening to.


“When does that cease? When does he get the chance to not take each mission that comes alongside and never work six-day weeks, 12-hour days so he can hold tempo with Ms. Hightower’s thirst for Stella McCartney?” Krauss stated, referring to her shopper’s ex, Grace Hightower, and the superstar designer.

“He may get sick tomorrow, and the get together’s over,” she stated of the famed “Raging Bull” and “The Irishman” star.

“He may get sick tomorrow, and the get together’s over.”

— Caroline Krauss, De Niro’s lawyer

De Niro phoned into the continuing, whereas Hightower appeared by video hyperlink.

Reducing again?

The listening to got here because the pair continues to squabble over how a lot cash De Niro ought to need to pay to Hightower till the phrases of their 2004 prenup settlement kick in, presumably after their divorce is finalized.

Hightower’s lawyer, Kevin McDonough, argued that since submitting for divorce in 2018, De Niro has unfairly continued to chop the sum of money he has been sending his estranged partner, together with involving her credit-card bills, going from $375,000 a month to only $100,000 month-to-month as just lately as January.

However Krauss claimed that within the years main as much as their separation, Hightower was spending an increasing number of. In simply 2019, she had spent $1.67 million — together with shopping for a diamond value $1.2 million from jeweler Kwiat, the lawyer stated.

Krauss stated De Niro is behind thousands and thousands of {dollars} on his taxes and that the cash from his subsequent two film initiatives will go towards paying off these liabilities. De Niro — who was clobbered with a $6.4 million tax lien in 2015 — has beforehand stated the pandemic decimated his funds.


De Niro doesn’t need Hightower and their two youngsters to have to maneuver out of their Manhattan house as per the prenup, which requires the previous couple to promote the $20 million pad, break up the earnings after which have him purchase a brand new $6 million residence for the trio, Krauss stated.

However “if the selection is promoting the house and following the settlement or paying pursuant to Ms. Hightower’s calls for — that are wealthy with indulgence, and waste and greed — then we might go together with the previous,” Krauss stated.

‘Keep the established order’

McDonough stated that till the prenuptial settlement goes into impact, De Niro is meant to pay her so she will be able to “keep the established order” way of life she had once they have been married — whereas additionally crying foul on Krauss’ claims that De Niro is struggling financially.

“If he desires to direct or compel his household to go away their longtime residence whereas he’s spending thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands on himself, on his personal houses, on renovating what his attorneys tongue-in-cheek name his cottage in Montauk, which he has poured thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands into over the previous couple of years, he can take that place,” McDonough claimed of the actor.

“If he desires to direct or compel his household to go away their longtime residence whereas he’s spending thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands on himself … he can take that place.”

— Kevin McDonough, Hightower’s lawyer

“There have been no cutbacks and no slowdowns in Mr. De Niro’s way of life in any respect,” McDonough stated. “When Mr. De Niro goes to brunch Sunday in Connecticut, he charters a helicopter up there. When he flies right down to see his buddies in Florida or wherever else, it’s a non-public jet.”

Robert De Niro arrives on the Hollywood Movie Awards in Beverly Hills, California,Nov. 1, 2015.

Krauss denied the declare that De Niro took a helicopter to brunch, whereas McDonough scoffed that his shopper spent $1.2 million on a diamond.

“I wish to get these events divorced,” Manhattan Supreme Courtroom Justice Matthew Cooper stated. “I wish to get Ms. Hightower and Mr. De Niro to go their separate methods.

“I wish to get these events divorced. I wish to get Ms. Hightower and Mr. De Niro to go their separate methods.”

— Manhattan Supreme Courtroom Justice Matthew Cooper


“They may nonetheless come out of this richer than nearly any human being who walks this Earth,” Cooper stated.

Earlier within the listening to, Cooper reminded either side, “There’s nothing extraordinary about these bills. For 99.9999 p.c of the world, these are extraordinary to an nearly unimaginable diploma.”

De Niro and Hightower have been married in 1997, break up in 1999, then obtained again collectively and renewed their vows in 2004 earlier than he filed for divorce three years in the past.

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