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Judge Settles Key Issues in Hopper Divorce Case

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LOS ANGELES – Dennis Hopper’s estranged wife and daughter can live on his property while the couple resolve their bitter divorce case and the actor fights prostate cancer, a judge ruled Monday.

FILE - In this May 22, 2008 file photo, American actor Dennis Hopper and his wife Victoria Duffy Hopper arrive at the amfAR's annual Cinema Against AIDS 2008 gala at Le Moulin de Mougins, southern France. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

Superior Court Judge Amy Pellman also ordered the actor to pay $12,000 a month in spousal and child support.

Hopper, 73, did not attend the hearing but was repeatedly described by his attorney as “desperately ill.”

Hopper’s three adult children from previous marriages attended but did not speak.

Pellman sternly told both sides they needed to come together during what appeared to be Hopper’s final days.

“It’s never one-sided,” Pellman said of the family turmoil. “There needs to be street-cleaning on both sides of this street.”

The judge noted the couple’s 7-year-old daughter is about to undergo the traumatic loss of her father and the rhetoric should be toned down.

“Having her extended family in a war with her mother is not in her best interests,” Pellman said.

The rulings came after two months of bickering in court filings, including allegations of abuse by both sides, and jockeying for financial position.

The couple has been married for nearly 14 years. Hopper filed for divorce in January.

“It’s heartbreaking and I hope it can be amicably resolved,” Victoria Duffy Hopper said after the hearing.

She has been living in a house at her husband’s Venice compound, which is also home to one of his adult children.

She has agreed to remain at least 10 feet away from the “Easy Rider” star and avoid the main home on the property.

She said in court filings the divorce was an attempt to cut her out of her inheritance, an accusation that has been denied.

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