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Jeff Koons Back in Court with Ex-Porn Star/Wife, Ilona Staller

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Oh, Jeff Koons. We would not be at all surprised to learn that your life was entirely based upon an arty short film made by a very serious nineteen year old film student. We’d nearly forgotten that he was married for former Italian parliament member and ex-porn star, Ilona Staller, until we were reminded of it by Art Info, who was pointing this story over at Bloomberg, finding Koons and Staller back in court, fighting over support payments for their 15 year old child, Ludwig. See? We think you’ll find it’s impossible not to imagine any of that without picturing it in grainy black and white, with a copious supply of berets on everyone (and maybe a little cameo by Sam Waterson, since it relates to NY courts and just to make it that much more weird). Anyway, she thinks he should be paying more, now that everyone wants to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on shiny rabbits. Here’s a bit:

Koons was directed by the Italian courts to pay 15,000 euros a month in child support beginning in 1998 as well as fees for legal proceedings in Italy, according to the suit. He didn’t made any monthly payments from Oct. 1, 1998, to Dec. 31, 2007, Staller claimed in her suit.

“Jeff Koons is a very famous New York artist noted for his use of kitsch imagery using painting, sculpture and other forms who exhibits his work all over the world and sells it at a very high price,” Staller said in her suit. “Koons accepted the jurisdiction of the Italian Courts and acknowledged to abide by the judgments to be rendered.”

The artist owes an additional 30,000 euros for January and February, Staller said. He has paid only about 191,426 euros for Ludwig’s care, the suit said.

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