The star of National Geographic network's popular series The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan, has been ordered to cough up a very large sum of money in a costly divorce settlement.
Millan, 42, has been ordered by a California court to pay ex-wife Ilusión $23,000 a month for spousal support and $10,000 for child support. This is in addition to a lump sum payment of $400,000 Millan must pay to his ex, after more than sixteen years of marriage. The couple initially separated in 2010 and are the parents of two teenaged boys. Gossip website TMZ reports that Ilusión is seeking primary physical custody of the children and their father Cesar will be allowed visitation rights as well as spousal support.
The Mexican-born star, who famously came to the United States as a young man with nothing but the clothes on his back, now earns more than $2 million a year from his television series, as well as from writing bestselling books and publishing his own magazine devoted to his love of dogs. He also has a list of high-profile, celebrity clientele for his services, including superstar couple Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.