Robert De Niro and his estranged spouse rendezvoused in Manhattan court docket on Valentine’s Working day — to seal a custody offer involving their 8-12 months-previous daughter amid a bitter divorce battle.
On the most passionate working day of the yr, the actor and ex Grace Hightower last but not least inked a parenting settlement, which De Niro reported he felt “great” about as he left Manhattan Supreme Courtroom.
“The settlement resolves all of the parenting difficulties. … My congratulations,” Choose Matthew Cooper advised the former lovebirds. “The determination is clearly in the best desire of your daughter, who you both of those adore.”
Aspects of the pact had been not designed general public.
Earlier in the working day, the 76-12 months-aged “Taxi Driver” film icon was spotted reading through a script on his notebook — as court drama in his circumstance unfolded behind shut doorways.
One of Hightower’s legal professionals could be listened to shouting, “The person is value a billion bucks!” within the judge’s chambers.
De Niro’s law firm, Caroline Krauss, shot again, “It’s the similar outdated s–t around and in excess of all over again.”
Hightower, who wore a grey sweater and irritated facial expression in court docket, did not remark soon after the proceeding.
Their youngster Helen Grace’s lawyer, Pamela Sloane, was existing and joined the famed mother and father in signing off on the terms of the 31-site custody arrangement.
The former pair nonetheless has economical difficulties to resolve in their divorce, but they at minimum dodged a demo in excess of their youthful kid, Cooper mentioned.
“I am incredibly be sure to to find equally events have voluntarily entered a custody agreement to solve custody concerns,” he claimed. “There will not be a demo on the father or mother problems.”
Money, nonetheless, is an additional issue.
At a listening to in June, Hightower disclosed that she is battling for 50 % of De Niro’s “$500 million” fortune, even though his lawyers argued that a prenup confined her to getting a $6 million apartment, $500,000 income and $1 million per year in alimony.
Last month, as Cooper set a day for the Feb. 14 custody hearing, he quipped, “Happy Valentine’s Day.”
De Niro 1st submitted for divorce from his spouse of more than 20 years in 1999, and they fought more than custody of their son Elliot, who is now 21.
They rekindled their romance and renewed their vows in 2004 and later experienced their daughter by way of a surrogate.
De Niro then quietly filed for a divorce again in December 2018 with an nameless title.