It’s getting uglier now.
Kevin Costner has now accused his estranged wife, Christine Baumgartner, 49, of taking his belongings without his consent or knowledge and said she made payments to her divorce attorney using a credit card from one of his employees.
The Yellowstone actor, 68, has made these new accusations through his attorney, as per documents obtained by TMZ.
“In the latest documents, which were filed on Thursday, Costner’s legal team wrote that Baumgartner ‘has shown a disturbing propensity in the last several months, both before and after separation, to take [Kevin’s] property without his knowledge or consent, especially since this case was filed,’” wrote Daily Mail.
“One of the more puzzling claims in the documents is that Baumgartner allegedly paid a criminal defense attorney $25,000 that came from a property fund that Costner had set up.”
The actor claimed that he was unaware of the payments and that the money should only be used for real estate transactions.
The documents further claim that the handbag designer paid her divorce lawyer, Susan Weisner, “on the credit card of an employee, which is traditionally used for Costner family house charges and paid by [Kevin].”
Costner’s attorney also alleges that Baumgartner purchased an expensive vehicle a few months before her separation from The Bodyguard star. He said ‘it was out of the ordinary for the couple as they always leased their cars.’
The latest development comes two days after Kevin was ordered to pay more than double the amount he proposed for child support to his Christine.
“According to court docs obtained by Fox News, Judge Thomas Anderle ruled Tuesday that the “Yellowstone” star has to pay the handbag designer $129,755 per month to support their three children together,” Page Six reported.
The Judge also ordered that Kevin, 68, will pay $200,000 in attorney’s fees and $100,000 in forensic costs.
According to TMZ, the child support money is temporary, and there will be a full hearing in the next few months, so the court will further adjust the amount based on evidence provided by both parties. “It could go both up and down,” the outlet reported.
Last week, Christine reportedly declined $52k per month in child support amid their ongoing divorce proceedings.
The actor and Christine Baumgartner were married for 18 years and share three teenage children: Cayden, 15, Hayes, 14, and Grace, 12.
In May of this year, the couple filed for divorce, and Costner’s representatives expressed their sadness over the situation, stating, “It is with great sadness that circumstances beyond his control have transpired which have resulted in Mr. Costner having to participate in a dissolution of marriage action.”
Despite being entitled to a reported $1.4m settlement as per their prenuptial agreement, the handbag designer allegedly deemed the proposed $52,000 sum “completely inappropriate.”
According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Baumgartner claimed that Costner had spent “$240,000 (£186k) on himself” and their children when they were in his care.
She also argued that the child support amount was “well below” what the A-list actor earned from renting out their Californian beach house, where Baumgartner currently resides.
Previously, Baumgartner had requested $248k per month in child support.
Baumgartner reportedly felt that the proposed sum was insufficient to maintain the lifestyle her children were accustomed to, citing their familiarity with beachfront living and gated communities.
According to Insider, she stated in a new declaration, “They are entitled to have a home that is somewhat comparable to one of the three multi-million-dollar residences which make up the Beach Club Compound.”
Baumgartner added, “I cannot provide housing and care for the children at anything close to their accustomed lifestyle with the $51,000/mo. Kevin proposes to pay in child support.”
Insider also reported that she claimed the sum was lower than the rent charged for their guest home at the Californian property, which was reportedly listed at $65k per month.
Costner’s attorney assured that the actor would continue to cover the children’s expenses as he had done previously.
During the ongoing proceedings, Baumgartner was ordered by a judge to vacate their home by the end of July, but she has reportedly refused to do so.
According to court documents obtained by ET, the prenuptial agreement signed in 2004 stipulated that in the event of a divorce, Costner would have exclusive possession and use of his separate property residences.
Baumgartner also agreed to vacate any separate property family residence within 30 days of filing for divorce.
Baumgartner’s representatives explained, “Christine understands that at some point in the future, she and the children will have to move out of the family home.”
However, they stated that she couldn’t comply with the order at this early stage due to insufficient funding to secure housing that would maintain a similar standard of living for the children in their respective homes.
In response, Costner’s legal team stated that Baumgartner had access to nearly $1.5 million, which should enable her to find new homes.
They noted in a memorandum, “Multiple four-bedroom, four-bathroom lovely homes are presently available, located in close proximity to Kevin’s separate property residence… Kevin made multiple offers to assist her in relocating.”
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