Harvey Keitel left guests in fits of laughter as Robert De Niro renewed his wedding vows with wife GRACE HIGHTOWER - by joking about the rarity of seeing the GOODFELLAS star wearing a suit.

The ceremony took place at De Niro's Ulster County farm near New York's Catskill Mountains on Saturday (20NOV04) in front of a star-studded crowd including Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep and Ben Stiller.

As Keitel, who co-starred with De Niro in MEAN STREETS, Taxi Driver and COP LAND, toasted the couple, he said, "What do you say to Bob when you see him in a three-piece suit?...Will the defendant please rise?"

De Niro quickly replied, "Actually, I was the plaintiff," reports website PAGESIX.COM.

De Niro, 61, met Hightower, 51, in London in 1987. They wed in 1997, but their marriage looked to be ending when he filed for divorce two years later (99).

Their fallout continued into 2001 as a potential custody battle over their son ELLIOTT, now six, heated up. However, the divorce was never finalised.

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