Richard Gere’s DI­VORCE

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The for­mer spouses face off in what could be one of the most ex­pen­sive divorces in Hol­ly­wood his­tory.

As a self-pro­claimed Bud­dhist of more than 40 years, Richard GGere iis kknown ffor hi­his llowkey at­ti­tude. But when the ac­tor headed to his first di­vorce hear­ing with Carey Low­ell in Oc­to­ber, he was clearly itch­ing for a fight. After jab­bing his um­brella at wait­ing pho­tog­ra­phers, sources say he stormed into the Man­hat­tan court­house and sulked when his soon-to-be- ex-wife ig­nored him.

The Time Out of Mind ac­tor has good rea­son to be on the edge. Sources re­veal that Carey plans to de­mand nearly half of Richard’s $250 mil­lion for­tune—and won’t rest un­til she gets at least $100 mil­lion. “She wanted to stay mar­ried and keep their fam­ily to­gether,” says an in­sider, “but when Richard didn’t, she de­cided to take him to the clean­ers.”

The for­mer Law & Or­der ac­tress, who put her ca­reer on hold to raise their son, Homer, 14, feels like what­ever Richard earned dur­ing their 11-year mar­riage, they earned to­gether. But the sil­ver fox, 65, who re­port­edly raked in $82 mil­lion in 2013 alone, isn’t will­ing to part with any of it. “It’s ugly,” ad­mits the pal. “And, it’s only go­ing to get worse.”

Carey, 53, also seems to be seek­ing re­venge for her ex’s ru­moured wan­der­ing eye. In 2012, a re­port claimed Richard hit on a mar­ried woman at a restau­rant. Worse yet, the fol­low­ing year he was said to have propo­si­tioned one of Carey’s good friends. And while Richard’s rep de­nied the sto­ries, they were hu­mil­i­at­ing for Carey—who’d ig­nored years ago that he had cheated on her with his un­faith­ful co- star Diane Lane.

For now, the duo are avoid­ing any un­nec­es­sary in­ter­ac­tion. “No amount of money could com­pen­sate for the em­bar­rass­ment Carey’s en­dured,” di­vulges the source. “They only speak when it in­volves their son. Oth­er­wise, they can’t stand to be in the same room to­gether.”

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