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Salma Hayek's Husband Says He's Been Good Father to Son with Linda Evangelista

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Actor Salma Hayek arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala in New York, Monday, May, 7, 2007. ( AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)

French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, the husband of actress Salma Hayek, insists that he has never neglected the once-secret son he had with catwalker Linda Evangelista, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

"[The boy] is totally integrated within my family," Pinault told French Elle magazine of Augustin, his now four-year-old love child with Evangelista. "At every possible opportunity, [Augustin] has participated in my family life, whether in France or the United States."

Pinault spoke out for the first time about the boy following Evangelista’s recent $46,000-a-month child support request in Manhattan Supreme Court.

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The fashion model’s lawyer accused Pinault of not forking over a penny to Evangelista since little Augie was born in 2006, while lavishing Valentina -- Pinault’s daughter with Hayek -- with luxury.

The furious Frenchman insisted that he has always "recognized" Augustin as his own -- and treated him as such.

In July, the Post was the first to report that Pinault had fathered Augustin.

Pinault is CEO of the Paris-based luxury conglomerate that owns Gucci, Yves St. Laurent and Bottega Veneta.

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