We live in a world where a $36 billion divorce settlement exists, so $250 million almost feels quaint. But it’s still a massive amount of money to demand during divorce negotiations, especially when one person allegedly signed a prenup that would technically give them waaaaay less than that. And that same person has filed half a dozen subpoenas to prove the other person has cash to spare. It’s currently a mess between Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower.
Page Six says that Robert and Grace, who split up last year after 20 years together, are fighting over money. This probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone who remembers the story from two years back of Robert allegedly accusing his then-wife of making him do “shitty movies” because she spent all his money. So, according to a source, Robert and Grace and their lawyers met in court yesterday, where she demanded half of his $500 million net worth. She has filed six subpoenas for his financial records to prove he’s got the money, and that half should be hers.
The only problem is, when Grace and Robert re-married in 2004, he made her sign a prenup. The two were married from 1997 to 1999, then got back together shortly after, and re-married in 2004. The prenup was pretty rigid. It limited Grace to a $6 million apartment, $500,000 in cash, and $1 million a year in alimony. Robert’s lawyers argue that Grace is also entitled to half the value of a second apartment. So basically, they’re looking at her $250 million ask and going, “Yeah. Take that number and deduct $243.5 million, and we’re good, love.”
Grace’s lawyers argued in court that Robert has made a ton of money since the prenup was signed in 2004. Her lawyer stated that in the time since, he has allegedly made $300 million from 35 businesses and 38 movies. Businesses like the Tribeca Grill, the Greenwhich Hotel, Canal productions, and his stake in Nobu. Robert De Niro allegedly responded to that saying, “His total income is more than $500 million. He gets it all.” So Robert De Niro’s estranged wife wants a whole lot of money on her way out of their marriage, and Robert De Niro doesn’t want to give it to her. Hmmm…where have I seen this before?
Robert’s lawyer also accused Grace and her lawyer of “nickle and diming” him with those six subpoenas. He claims Grace has essentially asked for 15 years worth of receipts for movie set meals and payroll information from Nobu employees and credit card charges. Receipts for everything, eh? Well, he doesn’t have to worry about coming up with receipts for any legitimate vaccine research, since we know he’s invested $0 on that.