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Al in the Family

Pacino, D'Angelo take their custody battle public -- A routine court date leads to a war of words over the estranged couple's twins

The custody battle between Al Pacino and estranged girlfriend Beverly D'Angelo over the couple's 2-year-old twins got uglier on Thursday. After the two actors appeared at what should have been a routine scheduling hearing in Manhattan Family Court, both let others air their dirty laundry, with Pacino's camp accusing the ''National Lampoon's Vacation'' franchise star of holding the kids hostage for more money, and D'Angelo's side responding that Pacino is harassing her and refuses to abide by the court-approved visitation schedule.

Pacino, 63, and D'Angelo, 48, split earlier this year, with D'Angelo saying she wanted to move back to Los Angeles, the New York Post reports. She's still in Manhattan, however, living with toddlers Olivia and Anton in an apartment for which Pacino pays $18,000 per month, in addition to the $35,000 he pays for four nannies and other child-care expenses, according to Pacino's lawyer, Martin Wasser. ''Beverly continues to use the kids in a way that almost makes them hostages,'' Wasser told the Post after the hearing. ''We sometimes joke that we are dealing with a baby rental company. For every extra hour Al wants to spend with the children, she wants to be paid more money.''

A D'Angelo associate told the Post that the actress is happy to have Pacino visit the kids, but he won't stick to the visitation schedule, and he ''harasses her constantly.'' Plus, he's never changed a single diaper, the associate said. D'Angelo's publicist, Dan Klores, told the New York Daily News, ''The conduct of Al Pacino's attorney has been reprehensible and there should not be a mother in America who isn't appalled by his language, deceptions and untruths. He's trying to make a name for himself by attacking the mother of two children.''

Originally posted May 23, 2003
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