- Associated Press - Friday, May 4, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) - He bought himself a $250,000 sports car and a $100,000 watch. He spent about $62,000 that same year on clothes. He shelled out $87,000 on a housekeeper and $75,000 on nannies.

French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault (frahn-SWAH’ ahn-REE’ peeh-NOH’) was grilled about his spending Friday in his New York child-support fight with supermodel Linda Evangelista.

They’re locking horns over what, if anything, he should pay toward the care of their 5-year-old son.

Evangelista could begin testifying later Friday.


Evangelista has said she’s spending $46,000 a month on the boy’s expenses _ including armed bodyguards and a 24-hour-a-day nanny.

Pinault is CEO of the luxury-brands conglomerate PPR.

He didn’t pay anything toward the boy’s care until Evangelista sued last summer. He says she never responded to his 2007 child-support offer.