The Easy Rider star did not attend the hearing before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Amy Pellman, and his lawyers explained how the cancer-stricken actor spends $26,000 a month to keep him alive. Ailing movie star, Dennis Hopper, who is dying from cancer, was ordered to pay his estranged wife and daughter $12,000 in monthly spousal and child support by a Los Angeles judge yesterday. Hopper's soon-to-be ex-wife, Victoria, was also told she can keep living in his California house with their daughter while the divorce is under way.
The Easy Rider star did not attend the hearing before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Amy Pellman, and his lawyers explained how the cancer-stricken actor spends $26,000 a month to keep him alive.
Despite this, Hopper was was still ordered to pay $8,000 a month in spousal support and another $4,000 in child support. The judge also ruled that Victoria and their 7-year-old daughter Galen can live on the Easy Rider actor's property because of the trauma the child will no doubt be suffering from.
"If this child loses her father, her aunts, her little cousins and her uncle all at the same time," said Pellman. "I can only imagine the trauma that she's going through. All the money in the world will not make up for losing her family."
Dennis has been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in October. He filed for divorce from Victoria, whom he married in 1996, earlier this year. The actor looked frail when he made a rare public appearance last month to collect a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (pictured).
Hopper's attorney, Joseph Mannis, said after the hearing that he was happy with the outcome, aside from the judge awarding Victoria Hopper $200,000 in attorney and accountant fees. He said his side did not intend to further contest the spousal or child support orders but was preparing for a fight over the couple's prenuptial agreement.
The agreement calls for Victoria Hopper to lose her stake in her husband's estate if they are divorced or not living together when he dies. Another hearing on how to divide Hopper's life insurance policy will be held in May.