Robert De Niro chastises reporters monitoring his divorce proceedings: 'You should know better'

Divorce is never easy, especially in the public eye.

Robert De Niro chastised a New York Post photographer who was monitoring his appearance in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday, telling the photog, "You're an old man, you should know better." He also told a reporter, "You're not smart doing your job like this." (The Post covered the encounter on their own site.)

De Niro has avoided speaking publicly about his split from Grace Hightower, whom he wed in 1997. The two share two children, and custody was reportedly negotiated during the 3-hour meeting Tuesday.

He shushed his own lawyers for speaking too loudly as custody arrangements were discussed, according to the Post.

De Niro, 75, and Hightower, 63, avoided eye contact with each other as their lawyers talked. DeNiro read a newspaper throughout most of the conversation and Hightower read a book and was on her phone.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Grace Hightower and Robert De Niro pose backstage during the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Actor Robert De Niro (L) and Grace Hightower attend the 45th Chaplin Award Gala at the Alice Tully Hall on April 30, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower attend the premiere of 'The Fourth Estate' during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Grace Hightower and Robert De Niro attend the 13th Annual Tribeca Film Festival CHANEL Dinner at Balthazar on April 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Robert De Niro (L) and Grace Hightower attend the 44th Chaplin Award Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on May 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Actor Robert De Niro (L) and Grace Hightower attend the 44th Chaplin Award Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on May 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Grace Hightower and Robert De Niro attend the 2017 IWC Schaffhausen 'For The Love Of Cinema' Gala Dinner at Spring Studios on April 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Grace Hightower and Robert De Niro attend the 2017 IWC Schaffhausen 'For The Love Of Cinema' Gala Dinner at Spring Studios on April 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Grace Hightower and Robert De Niro attend the 'Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives' 2017 Opening Gala of the Tribeca Film Festival at Radio City Music Hall on April 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Grace Hightower and Robert De Niro attends the Broadway Opening Night Perfomance of 'A Bronx Tale' at The Longacre on December 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 22: Grace Hightower and Robert De Niro attend the 'Hands of Stone' U.S. premiere at SVA Theater on August 22, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 22: Grace Hightower (L) and Robert De Niro attend the New York Premiere Of 'Hands Of Stone' in Partnership with DeLeon Tequila, NetJets, The Redbury New York and VisitPanama at SVA Theater on August 22, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: Robert DeNiro and Grace Hightower attend Riverkeeper's 50th Anniversary Fishermen's Ball at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on May 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 17: Robert DeNiro (L) and Grace Hightower attend the De Grisogono Party at the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 17, 2016 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Anthony Ghnassia/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Boxer Roberto Duran, Robert de Niro and his wife Grace Hightower, Edgar Ramirez and Anna de Armas leave the 'Hands Of Stone' premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Robert de Niro and his wife Grace Hightower leave the 'Hands Of Stone' premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Robert de Niro and his wife Grace Hightower attend the 'Hands Of Stone' Premiere during the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: (L to R) US actor Robert De Niro, Grace Hightower De Niro and Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez arrive for the screening of the film 'Hands of Stone' at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes on May 16, 2016. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Robert De Niro, izquierda, y Grace Hightower asisten a una función especial de "Goodfellas" en el Beacon Theater, 25 de abril de 2015, con la cual finalizó el festival de cine de Tribeca. (Foto de Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Actor-director Robert De Niro and his wife Grace Hightower attend the 20th anniversary screening of "A Bronx Tale" presented by First Time Fest and Tribeca Film Institute on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Robert De Niro attends "The King Of Comedy" screening with his wife Grace Hightower on Saturday, April 27, 2013 in New York. De Niro stars in the 1982 film with Jerry Lewis and Sandra Bernhard. (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Invision/AP )
Jury president Robert De Niro and his wife Grace Hightower arrive for the screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, at the 64th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert De Niro arrives with his wife, Grace Hightower, for the premiere of the new movie " The Interpreter" at the opening night of the festival, Tuesday, April 19, 2005, in New York. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
U.S. actor Robert De Niro, right, accompanied by his wife Grace Hightower, arrives at Rome's Auditorium, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, for a meeting with the audience at the first ever edition of the Rome Film Festival. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Robert De Niro, left, and Grace Hightower arrive at the premiere of "Stardust" in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 29, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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The Oscar-winning actor reportedly walked through the court halls while attempting to shield his face with a hat and his newspaper.

The ex-couple previously attempted to keep their divorce filing under wraps, with De Niro seeking an "Anonymous v. Anonymous" label for the case.

De Niro and Hightower separated in November 2018. Their son, born in 1998, has autism, which De Niro has said sparked his interest in the disorder's causes and treatment. They also have a daughter, now 7, who was born via surrogate.

“Grace and I have two beautiful children together. We are entering a period of transition in our relationship which is a difficult but constructive process,” De Niro said in a statement after news of the split went public. “I honor Grace as a wonderful mother and ask for privacy and respect from all as we proceed to develop our roles as partners in parenting.”

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Joe Pesci (with a bruise) Robert De Niro Jake LaMotta at a dinner; circa 1970; New York. (Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images)
American actor Robert De Niro as he appears in the role of Mario in 'The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight', directed by James Goldstone, 1971. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FL - 1973: Robert De Niro performs a scene in Bang the Drum Slowly directed by John D. Hancock in 1973 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1973: Robert De Niro, Amy Robinson and Harvey Keitel perform a scene from Mean Streets directed by Martin Scorsese in 1973 in New York, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - CIRCA 1970s: Robert De Niro enjoys a night on the town circa the early-1970s in New York, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
Robert De Niro leaning outside a car window while in motion yelling in a scene from the film 'Mean Streets', 1973. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)
November 1973: Headshot portrait of American actor Robert De Niro with shaggy hair, smiling. (Photo by Santi Visalli Inc./Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1974: Robert De Niro performs a scene in The Godfather Part II directed by Francis Ford Coppola in 1974 in New York, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Robert De Niro *17.08.1943Schauspieler, USAin `Der Pate Teil II' (Godfather Part II)Regie: Francis Ford CoppolaUSA 1974 (Photo by Bunk/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1976: Robert De Niro performs a scene in Taxi Driver directed by Martin Scorsese in 1976 in New York, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
Robert De Niro and Elia Kazan during 'Ballet on Broadway' at Beacon Theatre in New York City, NY, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese attend the evening news of channel Tf1 , interviewed by journalist Michel Drucker for about the movie 'Raging Bull'. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
THE 53RD ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS - Broadcast Coverage - Airdate: March 31, 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ROBERT DE NIRO WITH BEST ACTOR OSCAR FOR 'RAGING BULL'
US actor Robert de Niro attends a press conference for the presentation of the film 'The King of Comedy' directed by US film director Martin Scorsese on May 07, 1983 during the Cannes International Film Festival. AFP PHOTO RALPH GATTI (Photo credit should read RALPH GATTI/AFP/Getty Images)
Robert De Niro at the Giants Stadium in Rutherford, New Jersey (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Elizabeth Taylor gets cosy with actor Robert de Niro at the Paramount Pictures 75th Anniversary Party in Los Angeles, 1987. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
Robert De Niro smokes a cigar in a scene from the film 'Cape Fear', 1991. (Photo by Universal/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - CIRCA 1991: Robert De Niro attends the 44th Annual Cannes Film Festival circa 1991 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Images Press/IMAGES/Getty Images)
Robert De Niro during Fashion Week - 4-13-1994 at Bryant Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Steve Eichner/WireImage)
FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 06: Deauville Film Festival: Robert De Niro In Deauville, France On September 06, 1995. (Photo by Pool BENAINOUS/DUCLOS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN: American actor Robert De Niro greets phtographers at the Palais du Kursaal arriving for the 48th annual San Sebastian film festival 29 September 2000. (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
Robert De Niro & Tony Bennett during Tony Bennett 75th Birthday party at the MET in NYC. at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 20: American actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro speak on stage at the concert for New York City to benefit the victims of the World Trade Center disaster at Madison Square Gardens on October 20, 2001 in New York. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2002: Robert DeNiro stands in front of costumes he has worn on in more than 20 films at an exhibit entitled 'Robert DeNiro: Costume & Character,' at the American Museum of the Moving Image in Long Island City, Queens. (Photo by Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 26: Robert De Niro, Press Conference To Announce Musical 'We Will Rock You' Based On The Songs Of Rock Band Queen At The Dominion Theatre, London (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Actor Robert DeNiro at the official opening night ceremony of the Tribeca Film Festival at City Hall in New York City. May 8, 2002. Photo: Evan Agostini/ImageDirect
Robert De Niro and Jimmy Fallon during MTV and VH1 Present '100% NYC: A Concert Celebrating The Tribeca Film Festival' - Show at Battery Park City in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 20: Actor Robert De Niro speaks at the Tribeca Film Institute's benefit screening of Rent on November 20, 2005 at the Zeigfeld Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
SLUG: ST/Deniro DATE: 12/14/2006 NEG#: 186696 PHOTOGRAPHER: Michel du Cille Actor/Director Robert De Niro in DC to talk about 'The Good Shepherd' a movie which he acted and directed. Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1330 MAryland Ave, SW Actor/Director Robert De Niro in DC to talk about 'The Good Shepherd' a movie in which he acted and directed. (Photo by Michel Du Cille/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 25: (L-R) Actor Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower attend the opening night premiere of 'SOS' at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival on April 25, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 09: Actor Robert De Niro (center) sits in Novak Djokovic's player box at Arthur Ashe Stadium, along with the Serbian player's family and friends, to cheer him on during his 2007 U.S. Open men's final against Roger Federer of Switzerland. (Photo by Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 01: Actor Robert De Niro attends the 'What Just Happened' premiere at Museum of Modern Art on October 1, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 890 -- Pictured: (l-r) Robert De Niro, Jimmy Fallon -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC- DECEMBER 03 Robert DeNiro and his wife Grace Hightower arrive at the State Department to celebrate The 2011 Kennedy Center Honor recipients in Washington, D.C. on December 03, 2011. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
GOLETA, CA - DECEMBER 08: Actor Robert De Niro attends the SBIFF's 2012 Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film during the Santa Barbara Film Festival on December 8, 2012 in Goleta, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Actor Robert De Niro visits 106 & Park at BET studio on December 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 06: Actor Robert De Niro speaks onstage during Spike TV's Guys Choice 2015 at Sony Pictures Studios on June 6, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Spike TV)
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