Date: 22nd July 2001

Robert De Niro Punched By Ex- Wife

ROBERT DE NIRO's ex-wife GRACE HIGHTOWER hit the roof when she thought the movie legend was having an affair. The pair who divorced in 1999 were having a holiday together on singer MARC ANTHONY's boat so they could both spend time with their son, three-year-old ELLIOT.

But things got out of control when Hightower suspected De Niro was flirting with another woman. A source says, "Bob simply stepped below deck for a few minutes and talked to the captain's wife about how to latch the door to the bedroom.

Grace saw them together, thought there was some hanky panky going on and flipped out. Grace then hit him in the ribs. Bob has behaved like a perfect pussycat with Grace. But she punched him in front of Marc and his wife. No one has ever treated Bob so badly."

Source: WENN