The actor is battling a divorce case against Grace Hightower, his ex-wife who he was with for 21 years, in Manhatten Supreme Court.
De Niro appeared via Skype at an emergency hearing, which was called after De Niro cut Hightower’s American Express credit card limit from $100,000 to $50,000 a month.
“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 and ban her from the house,” McDonough said
Last month, it was reported that the Hollywood heavyweight is due to team up with Leonardo DiCaprio for a highly anticipated upcoming Martin Scorsese project—murder mystery movie Killers Of the Flower Moon.
The film, which is based on the 2017 non-fiction book by journalist David Grann—Killers Of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, reportedly has a $200 million budget.For now, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper has permitted De Niro to stick to the $50,000 credit limit, but he has to pay his ex-wife $75,000 (£59,000) so she can pay for a summer home for herself and their two children.
The Greenwich Hotel, the other asset that De Niro’s legal team blamed for the actor’s financial troubles, charges $595 for a stay in a king-size room with a soaking tub. But it’s not likely many travelers are rushing to pay those lofty sums for a stay in the luxury Tribeca hotel. The lodging industry has taken a beating since the coronavirus kept travelers home. Occupancy has recovered dramatically since its mid-April low, but it was still far below normal occupancy for the sector.