Christine Baumgartner clarified the facts in court when she denied a relationship Kevin Costners Friend Josh Connor.
Baumgartner, 49, testified in court Thursday, August 31, that she and Connor – who were photographed together on a trip to Hawaii in July – were just friends.
Though the couple may not be romantic, Baumgartner has confirmed that Connor gave her $20,000 TMZ. The former handbag designer claimed she gave her mother $10,000 of the loan before returning the rest of the money to Connor.
Baumgartner filed for divorce in May after nearly 19 years of marriage from Costner, 68, with whom he shares sons Cayden, 15, Logan, 14, and daughter Grace, 12. He cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split. Since then, the couple have been embroiled in a messy legal battle over property and child support. (An internal judgment in July ordered Costner to pay Baumgartner $129,755 a month to care for her children, in addition to $200,000 in legal fees and $100,000 in forensic costs.)
Earlier this month, Costner claimed that while he was faithful during the marriage, he “didn’t know” if Baumgartner could say the same. When asked by Baumgartner for financial documents, he announced that he could not produce any documents “related to extramarital love affairs” because they did not exist.
“[Kevin] don’t know exactly if [Christine] “I was involved in any ‘love affairs outside of marriage’ prior to the breakup and, if so, whether she spent any of his money or charged any expenses furthering their affair(s) on the credit cards he paid for,” Costner’s attorneys explained at the time .
Costner’s response was attached to Baumgartner’s most recent motion for an order, filed Aug. 21. Baumgartner claimed in her filing that Costner “blocked” her divorce process by refusing to turn over certain documents until her next child support interview. The couple will appear in court in November to determine the validity of their prenuptial agreement.
This isn’t the first time Costner has questioned Baumgartner’s fidelity during their divorce. Earlier this year Costner’s former tenant Daniel Starr He was rumored to have been having an affair with Baumgartner prior to her split from Costner. “They are getting divorced. They have kids, I’m really sick,” Starr told TMZ in June. “I hope they can resolve this peacefully.”
Starr had previously rented a house on Costner’s property in Santa Barbara, California. His lease was due to end in June, but he left the premises in March. Starr said he left early simply because he “needed to move on,” but said he was “no way” involved in a romantic relationship with Baumgartner.