Actor Richard Gere and his estranged “Bond girl” wife Carey Lowell are duking it out in divorce court over his estimated $100 million fortune after resolving their custody dispute over their 15-year-old son, according to the New York Post.
A source told The Post Gere and Lowell, who have been married for 12 years, agreed to settle the custody portion of their divorce while ago, but the source declined to comment on the details of the deal.
Unlike last time Gere came to Manhattan Supreme court over the split when he angrily poked an umbrella at press photographers, on Friday the devoted Buddhist was very zen.
The “Pretty Woman” star flirted with a reporter in the elevator joking, “You want me to give you a special, intimate interview?”
His attorneys, from the high-powered firm Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan, cut him off with a “no comment.”
Gere, 65, smiled and left in a black, chauffeur-driven Lincoln Navigator.
Before meeting with the judge Gere and Lowell shared a friendly chat while reading separate copies of The New York Times. Lowell suggested a piece about suicide on an Indian reservation in South Dakota.
Gere was so absorbed in his paper that he didn’t hear the judge repeatedly call him into his chambers for a compliance conference.
“Parties on anonymous,” Justice Matthew Cooper said, using the official case name after it was sealed to try and hide the celebrities’ identity, before Lowell summoned her ex with a commanding, “Richard.”
Lowell, 54, who filed the divorce proceeding last year, declined to comment after the parties met behind closed-doors with the judge and their attorneys for about 30 minutes.
But officers allowed her to snap photos of the elaborate WPA mural in the courthouse’s first-floor rotunda even though photography not allowed in the building.
The former “Law & Order” actress then left the building using the famous front steps that are featured on the legal television series.
The Post’s Page Six has reported that the duo split because he prefers to meditate while she likes to party.
“The Buddhist actor craves privacy, and Lowell likes socializing with other bigwigs,” according to a source.