Hopper to pay wife $12000 monthly
Published 06/04/2010 | 08:32
Dennis Hopper's estranged wife and daughter can live on his property while the couple resolve their bitter divorce case and the actor fights prostate cancer, a US judge has ruled.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Amy Pellman also ordered the actor to pay 12,000 US dollars a month in spousal and child support.
Hopper, 73, did not attend the hearing but was repeatedly described by his attorney as "desperately ill".
Hopper's three adult children from previous marriages attended but did not speak.
Ms Pellman sternly told both sides they needed to come together during what appeared to be Hopper's final days.
"It's never one-sided," Ms Pellman said of the family turmoil. "There needs to be street-cleaning on both sides of this street."
The judge noted the couple's seven-year-old daughter is about to undergo the traumatic loss of her father and the rhetoric should be toned down.
"Having her extended family in a war with her mother is not in her best interests," Ms Pellman said.
The rulings came after two months of bickering in court filings, including allegations of abuse by both sides, and jockeying for financial position.
Hopper, star of films such as Easy Rider and Speed, filed for divorce in January after nearly 14 years of marriage.