The “Yellowstone” star said a legal declaration late last week that he was forced to curb estranged wife Christine Baumgartner’s spending after she racked up six figures worth of legal and accounting services on credit cards he pays for without his knowledge or OK.
“Christine says I have not maintained the status quo because I cancelled one of her credit cards and because I put (a large) limit on the use of the credit card she uses,” Costner said in a June 30 declaration, which was obtained by Insider. “I agreed to maintain the status quo with respect to our children. I have done so. I have continued to pay for all of the children’s expenses since Christine filed for divorce. Christine does not claim that the children’s expenses have not been paid.”
Last month, the actor said he offered to pay Baumgartner $65,000 towards her legal fees, but her lawyers never responded.
Costner said he then was forced to step in and limit her access to his credit cards after he discovered Baumgartner used them to pay $45,000 for a Los Angeles-based lawyer, on top of the $40,000 she’d spent on her Santa Barbara-based legal team. She also charged $10,000 for the services of a forensic accountant, and another $10,000 for a separate forensic accountant whose services she no longer plans to utilize, Costner alleged in his declaration.