DAD De NIRO FIGHTS TO SEE LITTLE GIRL, 7!

MOVIE icon Robert De Niro’s divorce from Grace High­tower has exploded into an ugly down-and-dirty custody war over their seven-year-old daughter, Helen, that has the Raging Bull begging a judge to let him see his little girl. 

GLOBE has learned when the Oscar-winning star anonymously filed for divorce in Manhattan Supreme Court on Dec. 13, he also pleaded for a judge to grant him visitation.

Sources describe De Niro’s estranged wife Grace, 63, as a control freak who ran her marriage with an iron fist. They claim she now is punishing De Niro for divorcing her a second time by limiting his access to the surrogate-born girl.

Get the scoop on the Raging Bull's star custody battle with his ex wife in this week's GLOBE Magazine!