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Actor Jeremy Renner Asks Judge To Reduce Child Support Payments Because Of Coronavirus Pandemic, Ex Reacts

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By Marisa Roman

While the coronavirus has been the reason for many things—lost jobs, lost wages, lost lives—Jeremy Renner is citing the pandemic as the reason why he should be paying less child support to his ex. Reports earlier this week claimed that the Oscar-nominated actor filed documents in court petitioning a Los Angeles judge to reduce the amount he pays in child support by $20,000 per month. This isn’t the first time the former Avengers star has requested reduced payments. But this is the first time he has cited the coronavirus as the reason for his request.

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Renner’s request claimed that the COVID-19 global pandemic has put a financial strain on his assets, thus needing to request less money awarded to his ex Sonni Pacheco on behalf of their daughter, Ava. However, Pacheco isn’t taking the request lying down. In a recent interview with Pacheco put the actor on blast saying that the request is “yet another attempt to reduce funds I rely on to provide for our child.” Renner is reportedly worth an estimated $50 million largely due in part to his roles in huge blockbuster franchises.

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However, Renner stated that his upcoming projects that he had signed on for this year have either been cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and the ripple effect it has had on Hollywood. Renner reportedly already provides $30,000 a month in child support, which is aimed to provide housing, food, clothing, and transportation for his 7-year-old daughter. Yet, Renner accused his ex of using the funds for her own high-end lifestyle, as well as to wage a custody wage against him.

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Yet, Pacheco decided that she would no longer stand for the “lies” and that she wanted to address things to the public herself. The model opened up by saying, “It is very disheartening that in a time of global crisis there is yet another attempt to reduce funds I rely on to provide for our child… I think it’s time after seven years of hell, I start addressing the lies myself.” Pacheco then went on to explain that Renner has exaggerated the amount of money he has already been providing monthly.

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The model explained, “First, I do not receive $30,000 in monthly child support. Second, all of my savings and Ava’s savings have been drained due to lawyer fees, as my concerns for Ava’s safety have been an ongoing custody battle for years now. I have, and will always choose to protect Ava when I find out about disturbing behavior exhibited by her father at his homes that put her in danger.” The behavior she is referencing is from allegations that Ava’s former nanny, Renner’s other exes, and Pacheco herself have made about the actor. Allegations including the sex, drugs, parties, and violence that took place in the actor’s home when his daughter was in his care. Renner has vehemently denied such allegations.

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