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Supermodel suing ex-husband for £196MILLION as court hears astonishing list of demands

Mirror logo Mirror 29/06/2016 By Taylor Geall

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A divorced supermodel suing her ex-husband for £196million (NZD$371.75M)broke down in court today while revealing her astonishing list of demands.

Former Pirelli calendar girl Christina Estrada wants the cash for various expenses, including yearly Wimbledon tickets and Christmas dinners, from her Saudi billionaire ex-Sheik Walid Juffali.

The 54-year-old appeared in London's High Court this morning, where she was questioned on her requirements.

In a case that could result in one of the largest divorce awards in British legal history, Ms Estrada's lawyers are arguing it is the 61-year-old sheikh's assets and lifestyle which have the so-called "gasp factor" and justify her claim that she is only seeking to cover her "reasonable needs".

The court today heard Ms Estrada's astonishing demands, some of which included annual payments of:

Ms Estrada also wants more than £55million (NZD$104M) for a new country house, telling the court she would be unable to live in a £6.5million (NZD$11.4M) Belgravia property because she might have to share a floor with her staff.

During the morning session, she said to Justin Warshaw QC, representing Dr Juffali: "I am Christina Estrada. I was a top, international model. I have lived this life. This is what I am accustomed to."

She later claimed she was filing this divorce to "stand up for women" and insisted that although her lifestyle was perceived as "extraordinary, wonderful, magical", that it was a "hard life full of responsibilities".

The court heard she was left "shocked, shattered and devastated" when she found out that husband Sheikh Juffali had taken another wife while still married to her.

Ms Estrada said it was only after Dr Juffali had arranged a "wonderfully romantic" tenth wedding anniversary surprise at Harry's Bar in London in September 2011 that she began to sense that anything was amiss.

She said in a statement to the court: "He arranged for a piano to be installed and rose petals to be laid out guiding us from the street to our table".

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 19:  Christina Estrada attends a summer sale at Grace Belgravia in aid of Silent No More, the campaign raising money for the Gynaecological Cancer Fund, on June 19, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images) Notorious Supermodel Demands

Then days after her "stunning" 50th birthday party with fireworks costing a million dollars, in February 2012, a friend told her her husband of 13 years had married a Lebanese girl in Beirut.

Ms Estrada - Dr Juffali's second wife and mother of one of his six children - began seeking divorce arrangements has rejected an offer by her husband which would give her some £37 million (NZD$70M) in cash and assets to live on.

Dr Juffali contends his offer is consistent with the provision he made for his first wife, Basma Al Sulaiman, mother of three of his children, after a marriage of 21 years, who received some £40 million (NZD$75M) after an English divorce.

Mr Warshaw said: "You are claiming for 55 pairs of boots and shoes, at a cost of £58,000 every year. Can you not see that that is a lot of money?"

© Provided by Mirror Ms Estrada replied: "Not really. That is what they cost. That is the standard I am used to."

Asked why she was claiming for 35 watches every year, she said that it was a "collection" and she needed them because "it depends what I am wearing and needs to go with my outfit".

Mr Warshaw said: "What are you planning to do with your £195m (NZD$371.75M)?"

Mr Estrada said: "Well, I have given it a lot of thought. I want to keep it safe, and I want to do good work.

"I have always been interested in charity, philanthropy - and I love humanitarian causes. But at first, I must establish a base so my daughter and I can be happy."

The court heard that Ms Estrada was claiming £50,000 (NZD$94,833)a year for Christmas dinners, which, she said, would be attended by between 50 and 150 guests.

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Mr Warshaw asked: "You say you want to buy three tickets for Wimbledon every year, at a cost of £28,000 (NZD$54,000). Do you think that's reasonable price?"

She said: "They are expensive tickets, yes, but that is what those seats cost."

Ms Estrada is also claiming for a 'holiday entertainment' budget of £160 NZD$303) per day - for 76 days each year - as a total cost of £12,160 (NZD23,063).

This figure was reached, according to the papers she submitted to the court, by using face-value ticket prices for the Parisian opera, La Traviata.

She insisted that she regularly visits the opera, but when asked to name another, Ms Estrada said "The Nutcracker", which, as Mr Warshaw pointed out, is in fact a ballet.

Ms Estrada is also demanding £10,000 (NZD$19,000) every year - plus the cost of the designer gowns - so she can attend Elton John's white tie ball, a court heard.

In papers submitted to the court from Dr Juffali's lawyers, it also emerged that Ms Estrada is claiming for an annual travel budget of £2.1m, including nearly £600,000 to charter private jets.

The documents detail the astonishing cost of being a member of the international super rich.

The papers say: "She says she needs £482,416 to rent a yacht for two weeks, £144,475 to provision it for 14 days, and £4,824 to tip the crew.

"Her Paris holiday will cost £247,233 for the Presidential Suite at the Ritz for 12 days for the October half term, plus £74,230 for the nanny's room.

"She needs £103,000 for 12 nights in the south of France at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc and £31,046 for the nanny's room for the same period.

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"Her clothing and jewellery budget stands at more than £1.02 million per annum, including £40,000 for a new fur coat every year, £83,000 for 15 new cocktail dresses every year, £80,000 for a special occasion gown annually, £109,000 for seven haute couture dresses annually, £197,000 on two white jewellery sets and £79,000 on cocktail dress jewellery sets every year.

"She also wants £58,000 for two luxury handbags, £23,000 for six casual handbags and £35,000 for ten clutch handbags.

"Ms Estrada needs £4,000 for 15 pairs of sunglasses - every year together with two sets of ski wear, including helmets, each season.

"She wants two watches every year for £39,000 each (she already has 43 valuable watches).

"She needs three new suitcases each year for a total of £14,850 and five new silk dressing gowns.

"Ms Estrada says she needs for London a live-in Butler, a live-in housekeeper, a live-in chauffer and a live-in nanny together with two cleaners, a chef, a reserve nany and an office manager - at a total annual cost of £335,558.

"For a property in the country, which she plans to occupy for 43 days a year, she says she needs two live in cleaners.

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"For her home in Beverley Hills, she says she needs three housekeepers and extra staff when family visit."

The papers also say that Ms Estrada is claiming £26,000 for a mobile phone, £93,793 on beauty treatments - including 52 facials, 44, manicures and 52 massages - and £9,400 for four bottles of face cream.

The documents say: "She wants £62.8m for a London property in which she says she will live for 173 nights of the year.

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"She budgets £1.2m exclusive of housekeeping - that is £7,000 for each day she spends there.

"She wants a £4.375m property in Henley. She will spend 43 nights a year there. Her budget is £329,000 per annum, exclusive of housekeeping or £7,650 for each day that she is there.

"Ms Estrada wants £495,000 as a capital amount for five cars: three in London and two in the US. She puts expenses in England at £167,000 in the US at £50,000 per year."

She told the court that she wants a new £55million home - dwarfing the couple's £22.5million Bishopsgate House near Windsor Castle.

She has suggested three "appropriate" properties currently on the market for between £55million and £68million.

She told the court she would be unable to live in a £6.5million Belgravia property because she might have to share a floor with her staff.

Another multi-million pound property, this time in Chelsea, was dismissed because the bedrooms were 'funny'.

During a hearing at the High Court this afternoon, Justin Warshaw QC, representing Dr Juffali, talked Ms Estrada through a selection of high-end properties that were currently on the market.

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He said: "There's a property at Roland Gardens in SW7 on the market for £3.5m. It's a perfectly acceptable property. Do you agree?"

Ms Estrada said: "There's problems with it. It's below the standard of living we're accustomed to."

Mr Warshaw said: "What about this one, in Belgravia, close to Sloane Square, £6.5m."

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She said: "It is too small to accommodate our staff."

When confronted with the fact that the property had five bedrooms and that there would be room for her staff, Ms Estrada replied: "I wouldn't want to be living right next door to my staff.

"I would want them on another floor. It's too small."

Another property, on Cheyne Walk in Chelsea, was rejected on the grounds that: "The security, the back garden, the bedrooms are funny.

"It wouldn't accommodate all our belongings. It is far below what we need."

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Mr Warshaw suggested an £8.5m, 40,000 sq ft house in Chelsea, and said: "Could you imagine living in this property?" Ms Estrada said: "Not really."

He said: "Why not? Is it because it's not expensive?"

She denied the accusation.

Ms Estrada proceeded to dismiss more properties, costing £10.9m, £15m, £15.9m, and said: "They're just not big enough. You have to understand, I'm moving from a 20-bedroom home, to a five or six-bedroom home."

Mr Warshaw said: "I submit to you, that before you sought these properties, you specifically requested properties of £55m or more.

"It must have been difficult because there aren't that many properties on the market for £55m."

She replied: "No. I did not request that the properties be a minimum price. I just gave over our requirements and this is what they provided. I'm not fixated on that £55m price."

Ms Estrada is also seeking a declaration that she is the owner of a blue diamond ring.

Dr Juffali said he bought the ring for 4 million US dollars (£3million) as part of his collection and it was not given to Ms Estrada, but he has now given it away to a third party.

The sheikh, an international businessman who is seriously ill with cancer and undergoing treatment in Switzerland, divorced Ms Estrada in Saudi Arabia in 2014 without her knowledge after 13 years of marriage.

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She obtained leave under Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984 to apply for financial relief in England because she could not bring a case in Saudi Arabia.

Dr Juffali attempted to block her application on the grounds that he was entitled to legal immunity because of his diplomatic status as permanent representative to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) of the Caribbean island of St Lucia.

But the Court of Appeal ruled he was not immune as the divorce claim did not relate to his diplomatic duties.

He is also meeting the £150,000 annual expenses and school costs of their daughter.

The hearing continues.

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