Harvey Weinstein told his ex-wife Eve Chilton he couldn’t afford to pay child support for “at least one year” as he dealt with fallout from a cascade of sex abuse allegations, a court order unsealed Friday reveals.
The Daily News previously reported Weinstein advised Chilton he planned to halt his support payments amid a cash crisis, but the scope of his financial forewarning wasn’t clear.
In the new order made public Friday, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Katz said he denied Chilton’s request for a $ 5 million child support pre-payment because Weinstein hadn’t fallen behind yet, only suggested he would.
“While ex-husband allegedly indicated he may have difficulty complying with court-ordered obligations, he did not show an unequivocal intent to forego performance of same, as he remained current in his obligations,” Justice Katz said in the Jan. 2 ruling published under an Anonymous v. Anonymous caption in the New York Law Journal.
Chilton appeared in court last month to ask that the $ 5 million be placed in an escrow account.
Her lawyers argued she and two of her three daughters with Weinstein were due the money under her 2004 divorce agreement — and that Weinstein shouldn’t be allowed to spend it on legal bills tied to his downward spiral.
The movie mogul, 65, is facing a wave of allegations ranging from sexual harassment to rape from scores of women.
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According to the new ruling, Chilton has the right to return to court and request the pre-payment if Weinstein shows a “consistent pattern of arrears.”
Chilton worked as an assistant for Weinstein before their 17-year marriage. Their three daughters are Remy, 22, Emma, 19, and Ruth, 14.
At the hearing last month, lawyer Bonnie Rabin argued Chilton should not be at the mercy of Weinstein’s attempts to “defend himself against lawsuits all over the world.”
“He’s going to have very little left,” Rabin said. “(There) are lawsuits not in four to five states, but perhaps four to five countries.”
The $ 5 million sought by Chilton included more than $ 1.4 million in basic child support payments; $ 500,000 for health care; $ 124,000 for statutory add-ons; $ 500,000 for college and college prep; and various other expenses, plus money still owed to Chilton from the recent sale of a property in Westport, Conn.
Weinstein attorney Steven Silpe told the court Weinstein paid $ 850,000 to Chilton over the last year alone.
Weinstein’s other divorce drama also made news this week when a source confirmed the producer reached a $ 15 million to $ 20 million divorce settlement with his current wife, Georgina Chapman.