Francois Henri Pinault and Linda Evangelista both took the stand in a child support hearing on Friday, the second of four days in court that will determine whether Pinault will have to pay child support for their 5-year-old son Augustin.
After being asked why he provided financially for his 5-year-old daughter Valentina (whose mother is Pinault's wife, actress Salma Hayek), but did not extend the same courtesy to Augustin, Pinault told the court that he offered to pay Evangelista child support in 2007. Evangelista didn't respond until 2010.
"The way I work is that I make an offer and if someone doesn’t respond, I think the answer is no," he said during the testimony. "That no money was needed for the care of Augie. That was my understanding."
When Evangelista took the stand, her lawyer William Beslow asked her to recount her childhood picking cherries for "50 cents a basket" in Canada, and how little she was paid after she was discovered as a model. He also asked her about the kind of work she does now.
"In 2010 I was asked to walk in Jean-Paul Gaultier's final show for Hermés in Paris," Evangelista said. "It would have paid close to $100,000," she said, adding that she had to turn down the job because she had an early court date concerning the current child support proceedings. The court date was cancelled the evening before Evangelista was set to meet with the judge, and by that time it was too late for her to get back on the Gaultier runway.
"I couldn’t magic myself to Paris," she said.
Evangelista revealed that Pinault was Augustin's father late last year and was rumored to be asking for $46,000 a month in child support. Beslow shot that notion down on Thursday, saying that figure was part of a PR campaign by Pinault's lawyers.
Evangelista's testimony will continue Monday.
Photo: Linda Evangelista leaving Manhattan Family Court on Thursday.