Robert De Niro has apparently taken a substantial financial hit due to the pandemic, and his estranged wife has asked for a 50% increase in her spending limits.
Known for films such as “Ronin,” and “Taxi Driver,” De Niro has been embroiled in a fairly hostile divorce case with his soon-to-be ex-wife, Grace Hightower.
Hightower has requested that her monthly American Express card credit limit be raised from $50,000 to $100,000, after she reportedly had the limit halved in the first place.
Interestingly, Hightower claimed she and her children have been banned from staying at an upstate compound where the aging actor is attempting to wait out the virus.
De Niro’s lawyers claim he doesn’t have the money, as he has had to pay investors with borrowed money.
Under the terms of their 2004 prenuptial agreement, De Niro is only required to pay Hightower $1 million a year if he makes $15 million. Any less, and the numbers change to reflect the lower income.
“His accounts and business manager … says that the best case for Mr. De Niro, if everything starts to turn around this year, … he is going to be lucky if he makes $7.5 million this year,” attorney Caroline Krauss said.
According to Page Six, the De Niro clan is not known for frugality, and movie projects that were scheduled for this year have been put on hold.
“These people, in spite of his robust earnings, have always spent more than he has earned, so this 76-year-old robust man couldn’t retire even if he wanted to because he can’t afford to keep up with his lifestyle expenses,” Krauss said.
De Niro, who married Hightower in 1997, filed for divorce for the second time in 2018. The couple had previously divorced in 1999, but remarried in 2004.
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