SEPTEMBER 14, 00:16 ET

Kerkorian Ex-Wife Gets Little More
AP Business Writer
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian's ex-wife was awarded an additional $316 a month in child support Friday, a pittance compared to the $270,000-a-month increase she had sought.

The 84-year-old studio mogul had already agreed to pay $50,000 a month to support 4-year-old Kira. But her mother, Lisa Bonder Kerkorian, argued the girl needed $320,000 a month to continue living her ex-husband's lifestyle of private jet flights, expensive hotel accommodations and lavish parties.

Judge Lee Edmon called the estimates ``incredible'' and a ``disguised form of spousal support.''

The 37-year-old ex-wife said she would appeal. She said the judge ``severely underestimated'' the cost it takes to maintain her daughter in a lifestyle Kerkorian created for her.

Dennis Wasser, a lawyer representing Kerkorian, said he was pleased ``that the judge, instead of accepting the fantasy world presented by Lisa Kerkorian, followed the law and the facts and ruled on the basis of common sense.''

Edmon said Kira ``is entitled to live a luxurious lifestyle'' but is not entitled to private jet travel. Other items the judge threw out as ``grossly exceeding the reasonable needs of the child'' included $300,000 for six parties per year and $6,000 per month for house flowers.

The judge did award Bonder Kerkorian $2,400 per month for Kira's equestrian activities and $1,400 per month for French lessons, ballet lessons and other extracurricular activities.

Kerkorian and Bonder Kerkorian, a former tennis pro, had a 10-year romantic relationship but were married for only a month, in 1999.

Although her attorneys originally claimed Kerkorian was Kira's natural father, Bonder Kerkorian recently admitted she faked the DNA paternity test by using saliva she obtained from Kerkorian's adult daughter.

Kerkorian has said he is willing to support the child even though he is not the biological father.

Kerkorian is worth an estimated $4.5 billion according to the most recent Forbes magazine list, released Friday.

He is the majority shareholder in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie studio and MGM Mirage Inc., which owns several Las Vegas Strip hotels.

Copyright 2002 Associated Press.