‘Lucky If He Makes $7.5 Million This Year’: Robert De Niro’s Lawyer Claims Actor Is Under Financial Strain

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Actor Robert De Niro is reportedly under financial strain after losing paychecks due to the coronavirus.

“His accounts and business manager … says that the best case for Mr. De Niro, if everything starts to turn around this year … he is going to be lucky if he makes $7.5 million this year,” De Niro’s lawyer Caroline Krauss said, according to a report published Thursday by Page Six.

The actor’s estranged wife Grace Hightower reportedly filed an emergency order to raise her credit card limit back to $100,000 from $50,000. Hightower also claimed that De Niro banned her and her son from the actor’s home in New York.

“These people, in spite of his robust earnings, have always spent more than he has earned so this 76-year-old robust man couldn’t retire even if he wanted to because he can’t afford to keep up with his lifestyle expense,” Krauss added. (RELATED: Robert De Niro’s Wife Wants Half Of His Alleged $500 Million Fortune)

Krauss claimed De Niro has been “dramatically” cutting back on his own spending.

Hightower’s lawyer pushed back at the claims in court, according to the outlet.

“Mr. De Niro has used the COVID pandemic, my words would be, to stick it to his wife financially,” Hightower’s lawyer, Kevin McDonough, reportedly said in court.

“I’m not a believer that a man who has an admitted worth of $500 million and makes $30 million a year, all of a sudden in March he needs to cut down [spousal support] by 50 percent and ban her from the house,” McDonough added.