As Hollywood A-lister Kevin Costner, with a net worth of $400 million, navigates through the choppy waters of divorce, a rather peculiar squabble has come to light. Court documents unveil that Costner and his estranged wife, Christine Baumgartner, are locked in a bitter tussle over kitchenware, a row sparked by Christine's desire to claim certain items from their $145 million Santa Barbara beachfront marital residence.
Baumgartner's claimed possessions include an assortment of pots and pans, a dog bed, a beach umbrella, a juicer, and an exercise bike. In response, Costner's legal team stipulated that while they pose no resistance to her claiming personal items like toiletries, handbags, clothing, and jewelry, any other item must be mutually agreed upon in writing.
This petty dispute underscores how the minutiae can become a battlefield in a fractious separation.
Accusations Fly Amid Divorce
These recent court filings throw light on the acrimonious veil surrounding the couple's abrupt split after nearly two decades of wedded life.
Costner points fingers at Christine for exploiting their domestic staff's credit cards to amass cash before initiating the divorce process. In counter-allegation, Christine accuses Costner of skimping on support for their three children - Cayden, 16, Hayes, 14, and Grace, 13 - while he shields his true wealth.
Despite the veneer of familial unity in an Instagram video that Costner posted a few months before their separation, it is evident that their divorce is plagued with disputes. In the video, Costner, remorsefully citing a flooding incident as the reason for their absence at the Golden Globe ceremony, commends Christine for orchestrating a family television viewing event.
Teaming up with high-profile divorce attorney Laura Wasser, who previously represented Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, and Kim Kardashian, Costner seems well-prepared for a fierce legal fight. The court documents draw attention to the escalating tension, spotlighting squabbles over Christine's alleged $100,000 plastic surgery expense charged to Kevin’s child support, down to the ownership of cookware and the family dog's bed.
It's a startling shift for a couple who, until recently, were dealing with the public announcement of their separation, following Costner's hints of his reluctant acceptance of the impending divorce. Through a spokesperson, Costner expressed his regret: "It is with great sadness that circumstances beyond his control have transpired which have resulted in Mr.
Kevin having to participate in a dissolution of marriage action." The current scene presents a unique spectacle, with the renowned actor, boasting an impressive $400 million fortune, caught in a spat over household items.
Hollywood watches, intrigued by the unfolding drama between Kevin Costner, Christine Baumgartner, and their three children.
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