Robert Denior’s estranged wife pulled a big one on Thursday after her attorney’s demanded half of his “$500 million” fortune — despite a 2004 prenup that his side insists limits her to a $6 million apartment, $500,000 cash and $1 million a year in alimony.
From Page Six:
The “Raging Bull” star’s soon-to-be ex Grace Hightower made the big money grab — and revealed intimate details of his net worth — Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court, where the two sat through another in a series of contentious hearings in their ongoing divorce.
The fractured pair — who first married in 1997 and divorced in 1999 — are arguing over the wording of the prenup they signed when they remarried in 2004.
The two are far apart on that wording.
De Niro contends that the prenup sets strict limits on her take in a divorce.
Hightower is solely entitled to $6.5 million in cash and property, his side contends, plus annual alimony of $1 million and half the value of a second apartment.
But her side insists the prenup’s language additionally entitles her to half of what the “Goodfellas” star has made during the remarriage.
The bulk of that half-billion-dollar fortune comes from his movies and his lucrative stake in the Nobu sushi chain.
She also believes she’s entitled to an additional 50 percent of what he earned from his share in Tribeca Grill, the 88-room Greenwich Hotel and Canal Productions.
“Mr. De Niro has made $300 million since 2004 via 35 businesses, and 38 movies,” Hightower’s lawyer, Allan Mantel, told the judge.
“His total income is more than $500 million. He gets it all,” he said in angry disbelief, prompting Justice Matthew Cooper to interject some humor into the tense proceeding.
“Now his income will fall, now that special counsel Robert Mueller is out of the picture on ‘Saturday Night Live,’” the judge quipped.
De Niro’s lawyer, Caroline Krauss-Browne, is meanwhile complaining that Hightower’s side is nickel-and-diming the actor for every penny of his fortune.
Hightower has issued six subpoenas for his financial records, Krauss-Browne complained.
“She is seeking essentially every piece of paper of De Niro’s receipts for meals on movie sets, wardrobe, payroll records of every employee at Nobu, credit card charges. This all goes back 15 years.”