Woe Is Robert De Niro Who Claims That He’ll Be “Lucky” To Make $7.5 Million This Year Due To The Pandemic
Now for a heartbreaking story that will fill you with the sads. Robert De Niro was forced to cut his ex-wife’s monthly American Express limit from $100,000 to $50,000. Said ex, Grace Hightower, who he split from in 2018, responded by requesting an emergency order to raise her allowance back up to six figures.
But Robert says he’s taken a massive financial hit during the pandemic because the Nobu restaurants and luxury hotel he has stakes in have been closed (or partially closed) since March and aren’t making any money. Despite the Nobu brand receiving between $11 million and $28 million in PPP loans (the data released earlier in the week only disclosed the sum in ranges). Nobu-hoo, Nobu-hoo. An American tragedy. So basically, De Niro needs dinero.
Dirt poor De Niro’s lawyer, Caroline Krauss, told the judge:
Nobu lost $3 million in April and another $1.87 million in May. And he had to pay investors $500,000 on a capital call, which he borrowed money from his business partners to make, “because he doesn’t have the cash,” Krauss said.
Krauss also explained that under the terms of their 2004 prenuptial agreement, De Niro is only required to pay Hightower $1 million a year as long as he’s making $15 million or more in income, and if his income declines, his payments to her proportionally do too.
“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,” Krauss said.
Jesus Christ. Can you imagine making just $7.5 million in one year? This poor bastard, a real riches to rags story. Robert’s lawyer says that even though he’s made a lot of money in his career, he’s always spent more than he’s earned, and can’t afford to retire. She says Robert’s been forced to cut back his spending “dramatically”.
Grace’s attorney, Kevin McDonough, cried “BULLSHIT!”, and hit back with:
“The idea that Mr. De Niro is tightening his belt is nonsense.”
“Mr. De Niro has used the COVID pandemic, my words would be, to stick it to his wife financially,” McDonough said.
“I’m not a believer that a man who has an admitted worth of $500 million and makes $30 million a year, all of a sudden in March he needs to cut down [spousal support] by 50 percent”
Grace also alleges that Robert has banned her and their two kids from his three-house upstate compound (where he’s been staying with his non-Grace-sired kids). Huh. I don’t know why she’d wanna watch her ex-husband fish for loose change between his couch cushions.
The judge ruled that her credit card limit stays at $50,000, but Robert should pay Grace $75,000 so she can find a summer house for her and their two kids: 8-year-old Helen and 21-year-old Elliot. So if you know of any three-bedroom places around $37,000 in monthly rent (I know, basically impossible), hit up the former Mrs. De Niro.
As for poor Bobby Dee? Well, hopefully, this impoverished pepaw can snag another Meet the Fockers sequel. Then everybody wins. Except people with working eyes, ears, and brains.