Kevin Costner won’t have it anymore.
Kevin Costner and his estranged wife, Christine Baumgartner, are back in court in yet another contentious dispute, this time over whether the Yellowstone actor should pay nearly a million dollars to cover her legal fees and forensic accounting costs.
This is less than two weeks after their contentious child support dispute was resolved.
Costner responded forcefully to Baumgartner's demand for $885,000 in fresh legal documents submitted on Monday in Santa Barbara County Court, labelling the demand "outrageous" and "nonsensical."
In her motion, Baumgartner asserts that she needs $575,00 in legal expenses and $280,000 in expert costs to prepare for the impending trial to resolve their contentious disagreement regarding the enforceability of the spousal support waiver in their premarital agreement.
According to court documents that ET was able to get, the $885,000 request is intended to pay for 1,106 hours of legal counsel at an hourly rate of $800 "simply to prepare for and argue the issue of the validity and enforceability of the spousal support limitation in the PMA now."
The fee declarations Baumgartner provided in support of her request for $885,000 in fees, according to Costner, "are peppered with fabricated allegations."
Costner continues by claiming that Baumgartner's repeated allegations that he "withheld critical documents" are untrue and that she has already paid costs and would have to pay more in the future.
It is claimed by Costner that he has "produced more than 10,000 pages of financial documents." Baumgartner, according to him, "fails to identify any 'critical' document" that has been kept from her, he adds.
In essence, Costner is requesting that the court reject Baumgartner's $885,000 demand for legal and accounting fees.