Francois-Henri Pinault, You ARE the Father

How about a little Jerry Springer-style fashion scandal to start the holiday weekend, hmmm? While Linda Evangelista has long refused to reveal the identity of the father of her four-year-old tyke, Augustin James, reports swirled today that the baby daddy is Francois-Henri Pinault, billionaire Frenchman and CEO of PPR, the conglomerate that owns Gucci, Bottega Veneta, YSL and many others. If that name sounds familiar, it may be because he’s also husband to Salma Hayek and father of her own little four-year-old, Valentina.

Though both parties have denied it when the rumor has come up in the past, Page Six spotted Evangelista heading to a Manhattan court yesterday to discuss a child-support agreement with Pinault, who was a no-show. His lawyer explained, “We had understood that it was to be a brief telephone conference to bring [the judge] up to date on what the status was.” No agreement was reached; it’s thought a trial will commence this fall.

Perhaps a paternity test will be the next step in the litigation? Jerry! Jerry!

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