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Friends rally round Linda Evangelista during childcare dispute with Salma's husband

07 MAY 2012 Strolling in the spring sunshine with her son, Linda Evangelista takes time out from a child support battle with François-Henri Pinault.

On Sunday, the supermodel enjoyed a supportive visit from her ex boyfriend, Hard Rock Cafe co-founder, Peter Morton.



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The pair attended an exhibition opening in Connecticut, America, where Linda was also comforted by friend and fellow model, Stephanie Seymour.

Their company, no doubt, provided much needed respite from the fashion star’s legal dispute.

Linda and French billionaire François – now married to Salma Hayek and father to the actress' daughter, Valentina – are currently in court over maintenance payments for their son, Augustin.


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The five-year-old is the result of a brief union that took place in 2005.

Lawyers for the model have asked for a monthly sum of $46,000, saying that amount is needed to cover the costs of live-in nannies and security guards.

On Friday, a second round of testimonies on the witness stand revealed the contrasting finances of both parties.

Linda, 46, – who once famously said she wouldn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day – admitted that there now wasn’t "a lot of demand" for her modelling services.

Meanwhile, François is at the helm of luxury clothing company PPR, and is heir to a family fortune estimated to be in the region of $11 billion.

The Canadian beauty has argued that the tycoon should cover childcare costs, and that Augustin be treated equally to François’ four-year-old daughter Valentina.

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