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Family law: Child support is worth $46k a month, says Linda Evangelista

Supermodel Linda Evangelista is demanding child support payments from her little boy's father Francois-Henri Pinault, named in a paternity case on 1 July this year.

Since the birth of four-year-old Augustin James Evangelista, Pinault has not paid a penny in maintenance, claiming that he was not the boy's father, and now that his paternity has been confirmed he is desperate not to part with any money.

It is hardly surprising that Pinault is fighting Evangelista's exorbitant claim for $46,000 (£28,250) a month, despite the fact that he has a family fortune of around $11.5 billion.

But Evangelista asserts that the amount is necessary to pay for 24-hour-a-day childcare and to hire former police detectives to be gun-wielding chauffeurs.

She complained that, while Pinault spends $50,000 a month on an estate held in trust for his three-year-old daughter with wife Salma Hayek, the cost of caring for Augustin has fallen entirely to Evangelista.

William Beslow, Evangelista's lawyer, said: "He's just been sitting back, paying zero."

Pinault's lawyer David Aronson countered: "She testified that she wants to have a 24-hour nanny because she does not want to be alone with the child.

"Miss Evangelista, you should understand, has a worth of more than $8 million, and she earned, last year, $1.8 million."

The judge rejected Evangelista's request for $7,500 a month "vacation" expenses, but was open to the idea of expensive childcare and security.

Evangelista explained her reasons for round-the-clock childcare saying, "When I work, it can be a 16-hour day.

"On days when I do not work, I am working on my image; I have to hit the gym. I have beauty appointments. I have to work toward my next job and maintaining my image, just like an athlete."

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