Actor Kevin Costner and his recently separated wife, Christine Baumgartner, are still fighting over the terms of their upcoming divorce.
In new court documents filed June 30 in California, Costner, 68, claimed that Baumgartner, 49, charged $100,000 (C$132,060) in legal fees to his credit card during May and June.
“Christine began charging large amounts on credit cards payable to her divorce lawyers and forensic accountants. She did not give me advance notice every time she did it,” Costner wrote in the legal filing, according to People magazine.
Although People reported that Costner subsequently canceled the credit card used by Baumgartner, Insider reported that Costner instead lowered the spending limit to $30,000 (C$39,630) per month.
According to the June 30 statement obtained by Insider, Costner wrote: “Christine says I haven’t maintained the status quo because I canceled one of her credit cards and because I put (a large) limit on the use of the credit card she uses. ”
“I agreed to keep the status quo regarding our children. I have done it,” he continued. “I have continued to pay all of the children’s expenses since Christine filed for divorce. Christine does not claim that the children’s expenses have not been paid.
Costner wrote that Baumgartner “clings to a burning nail with one unfounded argument after another,” prolonging their divorce proceedings.
He allegedly offered Baumgartner $65,000 for his legal fees, but never received a response from his lawyers. Costner and Baumgartner have three children together: Cayden, 15, Hayes, 14, and Grace, 12.
The couple were married for 18 years. Baumgartner filed for divorce on May 1, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
The credit card throttling is just the latest drama to emerge from the couple’s divorce proceedings.
Last month, Costner claimed that Baumgartner was violating the terms of their prenuptial agreement when he allegedly refused to vacate their Southern California home. The actor said the agreement, which was signed when the couple married in 2004, gives Baumgartner 30 days to leave the property after filing for divorce.
For her part, Baumgartner still refuses to move on from the multi-million dollar estate until she and Costner reach a child support agreement. It has asked Costner to pay $248,000 (about C$327,900) a month in child support, $350,000 (about C$462,900) in attorneys’ fees and $150,000 (about C$198,300) in forensic accounting costs.
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Baumgartner, who claimed she has no income as a result of being a stay-at-home mom, also insisted that Costner pay for her children’s private school tuition, extracurricular activities and health care expenses.
Costner allegedly already paid Baumgartner $1.4 million (C$1.8 million) that he was owed as a condition of their prenuptial agreement.
In a June 28 legal filing, Baumgartner said he would leave the Costner home on Aug. 31 if the ex-spouses reached a financial agreement.
Costner and Baumgartner are scheduled to appear in court this week.
Costner, who no longer stars in the hit TV series yellow stoneHe is currently in post-production on his latest film. Horizon: An American Sagawhich he starred in, produced and directed.
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