Actress and Quentin Tarantino fetish object Uma Thurman is currently locked in a custody battle with her ex-boyfriend Arpad (Arki) Busson over their four-year-old daughter, Luna.
Last week, Arki accused Uma of mixing pills and booze while she accused him of letting Luna ride a scooter without a helmet (um…). Uma finally got her hands on some alleged real dirt this week. We’ve got hookers, the threatening of ex-girlfriends, and cheating on high school tests! True, one of those accusations is a little frivolous compared to the other two, but, you have to throw everything at the reputation wall and see what sticks!
Page Six reported on the latest goings-on in Uma and Arki’s Manhattan custody trial. Uma’s lawyer had Arki on the stand and brought up ladies of the evening. And high school exams. I would have just stuck with the hookers.
“Did you tell Ms. Thurman you had paid someone to take your baccalaureate exam for you?” the lawyer, Eleanor Alter, asked in Manhattan Supreme Court.
“Yes,” Arpad “Arki” Busson, answered from the witness stand. The then 17-year-old Busson was enrolled at the Institut Le Rosey boarding school in Switzerland at the time.
“Did you also tell Ms. Thurman you had been addicted to prostitutes?” Alter asked.
“No,” Busson said.
Judge Matthew Cooper, who’s presiding over a two-week custody trial between the former couple for a parenting schedule with their 4-year-old daughter Luna, cut off further questioning on the subject.
The lawyer lady also accused him of threatening his other ex-girlfriend (and mother of two more of his children) Elle McPherson, to the point where she had to wear a wire on her Australian former swimsuit model body when she was around him. His lawyer got an objection sustained before he could answer.
Uma herself also testified and claimed that that Arki wasn’t the sort of boyfriend who’s going to paint your toenails and watch This Is Us with you.
“He was very difficult to be with. He was very angry. He got meaner and meaner,” Thurman said, her voice rising.
She also noted that his supposed reaction to her telling him she was pregnant with Luna in 2011 was both heartwarming and patriotic.
“Um, he looked at me and said, ‘Well the child won’t share your last name, cannot be a U.S. citizen and can’t have a U.S. passport and will be raised Catholic,’” she recalled, her voice shaking.
“What was the status of the relationship following that conversation?” Wolff asked.
“It was terrible,” Thurman answered.
Uma also claimed that Arki was prone to throwing a scary wobbly in front of the children now and then, as well as being somewhat hit-or-miss in his visits with Luna since their breakup, which caused her anxiety.
As for Arki, he hit back by accusing Uma of using Luna to gouge him for free airfare to the UK so she can get laid.
The London-based businessman said at first he was very excited when he learned last summer that his daughter was coming to visit him for her birthday. But, he said, Thurman suddenly invited herself along.
“I was blackmailed. I had to buy business class tickets for the nanny and the mother and the daughter at an exorbitant price,” he griped about the $30,000 cost.
“Did you subsequently learn why the mother wanted to come to London?” Bronstein asked.
“Yes her lover was in London,” he said.
Uma and Arki were together on and off for seven years and were engaged twice. Uma testified that they never lived together, but he had “closet space.” They split for good in February of 2014. One sort of hopes that, for Luna’s sake, someone puts her into a rocket to another planet ala Superman where she’ll be found by a kindly older couple who own a farm and will raise her with love amongst peaceful meadows and cows and stuff. Either that, or Uma and Arki better have hot-and-cold running child therapists for this little kid.