Calif. Billionaire to Pay $10 Million in Child Support

By Linda Deutsch
|  Saturday, Oct 23, 2010  |  Updated 11:48 AM PDT
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Calif. Billionaire to Pay $10 Million in Child Support

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This Aug. 20, 2008 photo shows billionaire Kirk Kerkorian leaving the Royabal Federal Building in Los Angeles. Kerkorian has agreed to pay, Friday Oct. 22, 2010, more than $10 million in back child support plus $100,000 a month for a child his ex-wife admits is not his biological daughter. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian agreed Friday to  pay more than $10 million in back child support plus $100,000 a  month for a child his ex-wife has admitted is not his biological  daughter.

Lisa Bonder Kerkorian, who was married briefly to the casino  mogul after a long relationship, acknowledged during a child  support battle that she had faked a DNA paternity test by using  saliva she obtained from Kerkorian's adult daughter. She said the  biological father actually was Hollywood movie producer Stephen  Bing.

Michael Trope, the attorney for Bonder Kerkorian, filed the  settlement Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court. He declined to  comment. Kerkorian's lawyer, Joseph Mannis, did not immediately  return a phone call from The Associated Press.

Kira Kerkorian is now 12, and court papers have said that she  has known for quite some time that she has "two papas."  Kerkorian, 93, has had joint custody of the girl, who lives with  her mother.

The settlement, which provides $100,000 a month until Kira turns  19 or until she graduates from high school, no longer is a  full-time student or no longer is living with her mother full-time.  After that, the settlement says, the child support will be reduced  to $50,000 a month.

The agreement also provides for Kerkorian to pay expenses  including school costs, equestrian expense, clothing, housing, travel, hobbies, automobile, food, beauty treatments, tutoring,  entertainment, parties and pets.

Bonder Kerkorian, 45, a former tennis pro, was married to  Kerkorian for 28 days in 1999. They had been romantically linked  for years. Kerkorian, once the majority shareholder of what is now  MGM Resorts International, is the legal father of the child because  the couple married.

The legal battle over child support between Kerkorian and his  ex-wife has been going on since 2002. Bonder Kerkorian originally  sought $320,000 a month in alimony and child support. The current  agreement includes no alimony.

The contentious litigation between the couple became the  centerpiece of one of Hollywood's more bizarre court cases when a  private eye was harged with wiretapping Bonder Kerkorian's phones  at the behest of Kerkorian's powerful entertainment lawyer, Terry  Christensen. Both men were convicted of conspiring to listen in on  her private phone conversations.

Kerkorian testified he never knew anything about the  wiretapping. The private investigator, Anthony Pellicano, is in  prison and Christensen is out on bail pending appeal.

Bing, who also fathered a son with Elizabeth Hurley, has  repeatedly said he "wanted to be involved with Kira and take some financial onsibility," according to papers filed in the case  in 2007. He agreed in 2003 to contribute $25,000 a month to her support, according to a letter from Kerkorian's attorney to Bing's  lawyer.

The letter also alleged, however, that Bing "has never done  anything to become a father to this child, either emotionally or  financially. Meanwhile, Mr. Kerkorian has never shirked from  providing financial support for Kira, despite having been defrauded  into believing Kira was his biological daughter."

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