Now it seems the Family Man is facing yet another costly conundrum. His ex, Christina Fulton, is suing the actor and his former business partner for a reported $13 million, alleging that the two have, among other things, put the kibosh on her plans to sell her home and left her with a sizable tax bill on the property, to boot.
The suit, which was filed in Los Angeles Tuesday, claims Cage not only inflicted her with undisclosed "mental, physical and emotional abuse" during their relationship, which ended 15 years ago, but he never transferred the title on the home he bought for her in 2001. The home is reported to have been Fulton's "bonus" for raising the couple's son, Weston Coppola Cage, instead of pursuing her own burgeoning career.
Fulton claims that Cage served her with a 60-day notice to vacate the premises in September and also blames his former business manager, Samuel J. Levin, for leaving her with a $1 million tax debt on the property.
Get out your scorecard
Levin is no stranger to seeing his name listed as a defendant. Cage slapped him with a lawsuit on Oct. 16th, alleging that Levin "lined his [own] pockets with several million in business management fees while sending Cage down a path toward financial ruin."
One man earning a healthy paycheck for filing all these legal briefs: Cage's lawyer, Marty Singer, who insisted to People.com Fulton's lawsuit is "an absurd claim," adding, "All of these claims are long-time barred by the statute of limitations and are baseless ... We expect this lawsuit to be promptly thrown out."
Singer added, "This lawsuit is ridiculous ... Nicolas Cage has given her approximately three million every year for many years, even though he was only obligated to pay her six thousand a month in child support."
No word yet from Levin on the suit filed against him by Fulton. But the now twice-named defendant, has fired back against Cage's October suit, claiming the actor was broke by the time Levin signed on in 2001. The CPA filed a countersuit claiming Cage owes him $128,872.98 in unpaid business management services.
The court documents cite one of Levin's duties was to help Cage "accumulate, over a period of years, a "cash cushion" of at least $10,000,000 and preferably as much as $20,000,000 so [Cage] would have financial security, to alleviate the pressure to take film roles that might be detrimental to his career..."
Hmm, where was Levin when Cage was filming National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets?
Levin's countersuit also stated "[Cage] had already squandered tens of millions of dollars... and owed millions of dollars in... income taxes, with no funds available to pay the tax debt."
It's not easy being Nic
One additional nugget from all the court documents flying around the City of Angels: Nic Cage needs to earn about $30 million a year maintain his
In response to Levin's countersuit, the overworked lawyer, Singer, told celebrity "watcher" TMZ, "Levin's cross complaint is absurd. He was paid more than $1.3 million this last year-and-a-half. It's ironic he's making his claim for fees when he caused Nic to be in these financial problems while he was paid millions of dollars over the past several years to act as Nic's financial advisor."
For now, it seems safe to assume Cage's financial troubles are far from over. Could that mean there's a National Treasure 3 on the horizon?
Gina Roberts-Grey is a freelance writer specializing in health, celebrity and consumer issues.