Hollywood is replete with stories over the years who either had abortions or who wanted their partners to get abortions when they became pregnant. A new book indicates actor Robert De Niro is no exception.
According to the book, De Niro, during his partying days in the 1980s, wanted his lover to get an abortion after he learned she was pregnant with a baby who may have been his.
De Niro started on-off affair with Helena Springs when he followed her car down a Los Angeles boulevard and asked her out to dinner, the book says. She became pregnant and he ‘threatened and intimidated’ her in bid to convince her to abort their child. Springs refused the abortion and her daughter, Nina, was born in 1982. However, when she sued for maintenance 10 years later tests showed DeNiro was not the father
The book – De Niro: A Life, by author Shawn Levy, is published by Crown Archetype and hit bookstores today.
It discloses the torrid relationship which led to De Niro becoming a father for the third time with Helena Springs, a young singer whom he met by following her in his car down a boulevard in Los Angeles and demanding her phone number. Their relationship was torrid and not exclusive – and ended in acrimony when she became pregnant.
They fell into a non-exclusive relationship over the next few year and Springs became pregnant twice.
The first pregnancy, she aborted without telling the actor. In late 1981, pregnant again, she now wanted this baby and when she told De Niro, that set him off ‘on what she described as a series of ugly and intimidating conversations and encounters aimed at getting her to terminate the pregnancy’.
‘It was mental abuse,’ Springs said, and went ahead with her plans to carry the baby.
She gave birth to a baby girl on July 1, 1982, named Nina. Springs stated that the actor gave her $50,000 to help with the baby’s care and even help her set up the baby’s room but that was it.
‘He drew the line at providing her with his medical history or a blood sample, fearing that she didn’t merely want to be able to fill in the gaps in the baby’s medical records, as she said, but rather that she was after more money,’ writes Levy.