Billionaire developer Donald Trump announced Monday that he would seek a divorce from his wife of 13 years, Ivana , and said that under the terms of a prenuptial agreement she would receive $20-million to $25-million of his fortune - estimated at $1.7-billion. Mrs. Trump promptly disagreed. Through her lawyer she fired the first volleys of what could be a protracted and bitter court battle between her and her husband.
In a statement on Trump's behalf, a spokesman said he told his wife that their marriage was in trouble almost a week ago before he flew to Tokyo for the Mike Tyson-James Douglas heavyweight championship fight.
When he returned, he moved out of their penthouse.
Trump spokesman Dan Klores said the real estate developer - whose holdings include the Plaza Hotel and Trump Tower in New York - would give Mrs. Trump, in addition to the money, the family's mansion in Greenwich, Conn. She also will retain custody of their three children.
But hours later, Michael Kennedy, a lawyer for the 40-year-old former fashion model, said his client did not consider the agreement binding.
Sources close to Trump saw things differently. He noted the agreement was updated two years ago and described the document as "extraordinarily tight."
At one point Monday, there were reports that Trump would discharge his wife as president of the Plaza Hotel. But later in the day, Klores said Mrs. Trump's status at the hotel was uncertain.
Barry, Vereen visit church
Actor Ben Vereen and Washington Mayor Marion Barry showed up at the same church service in Rivieria Beach and addressed the congregation.
Vereen was expected, but Barry surprised worshipers at New Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church with his appearance Sunday and a speech admitting a dependence on alcohol.
The church is about a mile from the Hanley-Hazelden Center in West Palm Beach. Barry began a 28-day treatment program at the center Jan. 22 after the FBI and Washington, D.C., police arrested him and charged him with cocaine possession.
On Monday, Washington sources said Barry will stay at the clinic until at least Feb. 28 and may complete a second 28-day treatment cycle.
Wallace speaks out on Rooney
Anchorman Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes took the opportunity during the television news magazine's broadcast Sunday to put some distance between the program and suspended humorist Andy Rooney.
Rooney last week was placed on three months' suspension after racist comments were attributed to him in a publication for homosexuals.
"Even though the remarks attributed to Andy were not made on 60
Minutes - and indeed could never have been made on 60 Minutes - this is the broadcast with which he has been most closely associated," Wallace said.
"After his three-month suspension, which he himself has acknowledged is understandable, we ... surely look forward to his return."
Rooney on Monday said he appreciates what Wallace said on the show but added that it was not as warm as the off-camera endorsement he got.
Billy Idol faces more surgery
Rocker Billy Idol, who has twice undergone surgery to repair a leg mangled in a motorcycle crash, faces at least one more operation, a hospital spokesman said Monday.
Idol was in fair condition at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after surgery Sunday, the second operation on his right leg since his accident a week ago.