Hollywood divorces are notoriously pricey. Remember these?
Here’s another one for the record books.
“Avengers” star Scarlett Johansson filed for divorce on Tuesday, two months after announcing her uncoupling from French journalist husband Romain Dauriac. Given that Johansson was 2016’s most successful actor—her movies grossed $1.2 billion at the box office according to Forbes—the divorce settlement could well be huge.
Estimates peg the star’s net worth at between $80 million to $100 million, and Dauriac could walk away with a chunk of that. “When the assets are that high, it is hard to justify fighting for more than $20 million, even if that is not half,” says Randall Kessler, founding partner at Kessler & Solomiany Family Law Associates. He adds that Johansson could be tempted to quickly shell out the money because “public figures need to be able to be public and to continue to advance their career without the constant concern about questions regarding their personal life.”
“As a devoted mother and private person and with complete awareness that my daughter will one day be old enough to read the news about herself, I would only like to say that I will never, ever be commenting on the dissolution of my marriage,” Johansson said in a statement.
ScarJo, who was previously married to actor Ryan Reynolds, reportedly submitted papers at the Manhattan Supreme Court. While a prenuptial agreement was signed by Johansson and Dauriac, the latter’s lawyer says it doesn’t govern financial issues concerning their child or child custody terms.
Johansson is hardly the first Hollywood superstar to need a divorce attorney. Her legal reps might want to consult the list of five splashy celeb divorce settlements:
- Mel Gibson reportedly paid out the largest divorce settlement in Hollywood history when he split with wife Robyn Moore in 2009. Bachelorhood cost the actor around $500 million.
- Juanita Vanoy filed for divorce twice from Michael Jordan. The basketball legend tried to patch things up with his then-wife after the first filing, but a $150 million settlement was finally reached in 2006.
- After a quarter century of marriage, singer-songwriter Neil Diamond was generous when he ended things with production assistant Marcia Murphey. He shelled out $150 million, but later reportedly said that she was worth every penny.
- Golfer Tiger Woods was said to have paid model wife Elin Nordegren about $100 million after they ended five years in wedlock. In the lead up, he admitted to “transgressions” with other women.
- Even Han Solo couldn’t escape this one. Actor Harrison Ford reportedly paid the late Melissa Mathison $85 million when he broke up with his second wife in 2004. Forbes reports that Mathison also negotiated a share of his future earnings.
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