Robert De Niro’s ex-wife won’t get half of star’s acting income, court ruling says

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Robert De Niro’s ex-wife Grace Hightower is not entitled to half of the money the actor earned in Hollywood and business ventures after the divorce, an appeals court ruled on Thursday.

Hightower argued that a 2004 prenuptial agreement she made with the 78-year-old “Irishman” star entitled her to half of her earnings when they were together – claiming it was matrimonial assets to be shared equally.

But the Appeal Division rejected Hightower’s arguments upholding the lower court’s February ruling.

“The husband’s income earned during the marriage and other business assets acquired during this period are his separate property,” the appeals court ruling reads.

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Robert De Niro won’t be forced to give half of his acting income to his ex-wife, Grace Hightower.
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In February, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper said in a written decision that the marriage contract “establishes that the bulk of [De Niro’s] income earned during the marriage, whether from actors, film productions or commercial enterprises, is its separate property. “

Still, Hightower will walk away with millions as part of the marriage contract which says the couple would have to sell the $ 20 million house they lived in together and invest $ 6 million to buy a house of her choice that she can. live with their two children.

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And, under the terms of the marriage contract, De Niro agreed to pay her $ 1 million a year in child support until she remarries or one of them dies.

Robert De Niro is one of America's most famous actors and has over 100 credits to his name.  It also won two Oscars and was nominated six more times.

Robert De Niro is one of America’s most famous actors and has over 100 credits to his name. It also won two Oscars and was nominated six more times.
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De Niro’s lawyer Caroline Krauss told Page Six: “The decision speaks for itself. We obviously agree with the conclusion.”

In 2018, the 78-year-old “Raging Bull” actor quietly filed for divorce from the 66-year-old philanthropist. They were together for 20 years with a 5-year hiatus, after divorcing for the first time in 2003, to renew their vows and remarry a year later.

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At an April hearing in the case, their attorneys blamed the other party’s clients for extravagant spending – Krauss claiming De Niro couldn’t keep up with Hightower’s “thirst for Stella McCartney” and the attorney. of Hightower, Kevin McDonough, claiming that De Niro had taken to social media. private jet or helicopter engagements.

Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower married in 1997 and separated in 2018.

Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower married in 1997 and separated in 2018.
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Both lawyers have minimized their own client’s expenses.

They also argued over how much De Niro should have to pay Hightower until they settle their divorce and the marriage contract comes into effect.

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At that hearing, Cooper said, however they end up solving the case, “they will always come out richer than almost any human that roams this Earth.”

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McDonough did not immediately return a request for comment.

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