Harvey Weinstein told his ex-wife he is facing a cash crunch and can’t afford to pay child support for their two daughters for “at least one year,” according to a newly released court ruling.
On Friday, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Katz released his sealed Jan. 2 ruling denying a demand by the disgraced mogul’s first wife, Eve Chilton, for $5 million that Weinstein still owes her from their 2004 divorce settlement.
The ruling was published under an Anonymous v. Anonymous caption in the New York Law Journal.
Chilton “claimed such relief was warranted as there was ‘real and present danger’ he would default on his financial obligations to her, noting she was informed he would not be able to pay his child support for at least one year,” the decision says.
“He’s prepaying many, many lawyers many, many millions of dollars to defend himself against these lawsuits all over the world,” Chilton’s attorney Bonnie Rabin said in court last month, citing allegations of sexual harassment and abuse by over 100 women.
But Katz found that Chilton, Weinstein’s former assistant, failed to show “a consistent pattern of arrears.” That showing is necessary under the law to force Weinstein to prepay the child support.
The $5 million will go toward supporting the ex-couple’s 19- and 14-year-old daughters. The funds include $50,000 a year for vacations, a total $100,000 for camp, and $500,000 for college.
Chilton and Weinstein were married for 17 years and split in 2004.
Meanwhile, Weinstein reached a $15 million to $20 million settlement with his current estranged spouse, fashion designer Georgina Chapman.
His spokeswoman did not immediately return a message seeking comment.