David Hasselhoff applies to stop payments to ex-wife Pamela Bach

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David Hasselhoff is reportedly going to court to try to stop alimony payments to his ex-wife Pamela Bach. The couple married in 1989 and divorced in 2006. Bach has not worked since - aside from a stint on Celebrity Big Brother in 2011 - and the report claimed he has been paying her $21,000 a month in support for almost ten years.

Celebrity website TMZ has reported that the 63-year-old former Baywatch star is concerned that his support payments are eating into his retirement savings, because his monthly income isn't covering his expenses.

Hasselhoff is working hard on everything from the Baywatch reboot, to a new comedy series 'Hoff the Record'. He also makes endless personal appearances around the world. As a result, the site says he brings in $112,000 a month, but it's not enough to stop the alimony payments eroding his retirement fund.

The couple's two children, Taylor Ann and Hayley Amber, lived with their father after the divorce, and are now in their mid-20s, so there's no argument that the support payments are intended for the children.

The report added that the lawsuit suggests Bach could easily work again, as the 52-year-old actor and producer is a star in Germany.


The Hoff isn't the first star with an alimony headache. John Cleese famously took a major financial blow after divorcing his third wife, Alyce Faye Eichelberger, in 2008. He was reportedly ordered to pay her £12.5 million, give her an apartment in New York and a £2 million home in London's Holland Park, and pay her £612,000 a year until 2016.

As a result, he had to throw himself into work to cover the costs. He launched a stand-up show which he called his Alimony Tour, and it as said to have been one of the reasons he was so enthusiastic about doing the Monty Python live shows at the age of 74. At the time, Michael Palin joked to the Daily Mail: "John (Cleese) wanted more money for his divorce settlement. I think it is his fourth wife. I have not seen him for two weeks, he might be married again."

Marvin Gaye, meanwhile, ended up declaring himself bankrupt in 1976. One of the biggest reasons was the fact that after his divorce from ex-wife Anna Gordy Gaye, he got behind in his alimony payments, so she was awarded the royalties from his next album (Here, My Dear).

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In 2009, after a bitter divorce battle, Cleese was forced to give his third wife £8 million in cash and assets - including a £2 million Holland Park house and half a beach house in Santa Barbara. He must also pay significant alimony. He didn't run up debts during the process, but has sold a number of assets - including paintings and props, and has been on a world tour with his one man show: 'How to Finance your Divorce'.
He said in September last year that he was 'downsizing' his life, selling his ranch in Napa and returning to TV where the pay is steadier. According to Fox News he added: "Divorce is expensive. I used to joke they were going to call it 'all the money', but they changed it to 'alimony'.
The Gossip Girl actress filed for bankruptcy this year. One major contributing factor was an enormous legal bill from her divorce and custody battle with her ex-husband. Her German husband had been deported, and the divorce lawyer ruled that the couple should spend equal time with the children. Because her husband could not enter the US, he ruled that they should live with their father and Rutherford should travel to visit them. She told E!News she had "spent every penny. Every penny from Gossip Girl, my pension, my stocks has been spent fighting for my children."
One of the oddest celebrity divorce settlements was in the late 1970s when Marvin Gaye was ordered to record a new album and pay the royalties to his ex-wife. The album is called Here My Dear and includes songs such as "You can leave, but it's going to cost you'. The cost of the divorce was one of a number of factors that drove him to bankruptcy in 1979.
The Sopranos actress (who played Dr Jennifer Melfi) filed for bankruptcy in 1999. She had spent five years fighting a custody battle with her ex, Harvey Keitel, and despite getting custody of her daughter, she told the New York Times she was left $2 million in debt to the lawyers in her bankruptcy and custody cases.
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