Judge Rules Against Woman in Paternity Lawsuit Against De Niro
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Actor Robert De Niro has no obligation to pay child support for the daughter of a nightclub singer who contended that he acted like a father to the child, a judge ruled Monday.
Superior Court Judge James Endman dismissed claims by Helena Lisandrello that De Niro was ″a putative father″ to the woman’s 10-year-old daughter, said the actor’s attorney, Ronald Anteau.
De Niro testified Monday that he saw the child on four to six occasions, each consisting of a couple of hours, Anteau said. The trial was closed to reporters because it involved a minor.
Ms. Lisandrello’s attorney, Marvin Mitchelson, didn’t immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.
Ms. Lisandrello said she met De Niro at a party in 1979 and began an intimate relationship that continued for three years and resulted in her daughter’s birth in 1982.
But three court-ordered blood tests have shown De Niro is not the biological father of the girl, who is named Nina Nadeja De Niro.
Ms. Lisandrello contends De Niro owes child support anyway because he told Nina he was her father and treated her like a daughter, providing monthly financial support until the payments stopped in 1992.
Anteau said De Niro paid for the child’s birth because Ms. Lisandrello had told him he was the father, but he didn’t make regular support payments.
De Niro, 49, won Academy Awards for his roles in ″Raging Bull″ and ″The Godfather, Part II.″