According to court documents obtained by Radar Online, outside of battling for custody and deciding how much is reasonable to pay in child support for 4-month-old Cai Bella Bridges, Ludacris was recently ordered to cover Tamika Fuller’s court costs, which exceed more than $35,000. You heard right. He was given two weeks max to pay all of it.
In the court documents, Fuller is stated as the guardian “for the purpose of representing the best interest of the child,” and Ludacris, “the petitioner,” is ordered to pay Fuller’s initial retainer of $7,500.
“The Guardian ad Litem shall be billed at a rate of $325.00 per hour. The retainer shall be paid directly to the Guardian ad Litem within 14 days of the entry of this order.”
Two days before this March 20th ruling, Fuller stood before the judge of the Superior Court of Fulton County asking to have Ludacris pay her court fees. Clearly, the judge decided that her request made sense:
“Petitioner shall pay to Respondent’s counsel, Thirty Five Thousand Dollars ($35,000.00), in addition to any amounts previously awarded or paid, as an award of temporary attorney’s fees and expenses of litigation.”
Ludacris was given 10 days to pay up the $35,000 (“Said amount shall be paid to Respondent’s counsel within 10 days of the date of this order”).
If that wasn’t enough, Ludacris was also charged an extra $2,000 in court fees for filing a request to have Fuller held in contempt of court (it’s unclear what he wanted her held in contempt for), but that request was denied.
This order was probably a major hit for Luda, who said in the past that he couldn’t pay the $15,000 she initially requested a month for child support because he hadn’t been getting paid for his work on the latest Fast and Furious film. The cast has been on hiatus since the death of Paul Walker in November.
As you can see, these type of court battles aren’t quick, they aren’t easy, and they damn sure aren’t cheap.