Steven Spielberg gave up on his marriage to Amy Irving in 1989. According to ImpartialThe couple’s relationship fell apart after the filmmaker began an affair with Kate Capshaw after meeting the actress on the set of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” Despite Spielberg asking Irving to sign a prenuptial agreement, a judge ultimately awarded the actor half of the millions Spielberg made during their four years together.
According to Forbes, Irving explained that she and Spielberg had written their prenuptial agreement on scratch paper. More specifically, the director scribbled the terms of her agreement on a cocktail napkin. Irving argued that her attorney had not been present while she signed the informal document. Therefore, she believed that she should not hold her own at court. In the end, a California judge agreed, awarding Irving half of what Spielberg had earned during her marriage, amounting to a staggering $100 million.
According to the outlet, this case is an outlier: “If a prenuptial agreement is drafted correctly, there is very little that can be done to challenge it or nullify the agreement, even if it seems unfair.” As benign as it may have seemed at the time, the mistake resulted in one of the costliest divorces in history.
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