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Though we don’t see him in the spotlight as much as we did during his Fugee days, Pras has been quite busy spearheading several political projects. According to the Daily News’ Confidenti@l, he has appeared before the U.N. and met with several government officials, including President Barack Obama, regarding his passion projects such as fighting poverty in Haiti and supporting renewable energy in the United States. Friends say that he was also supposed to speak to the United Nations General Assembly next month; however, that may not happen. Sources claim that his sticky child support/child custody battle with former flame Angela Severiano is putting a damper on things.
“He’s in the political arena and is really taking a hit,” a so-called friend of Pras told Confidenti@l.
Apparently, this is all due to him being perceived as a deadbeat father.
“They pulled him from the pool because they obviously can’t be associated with press like this,” the friend continued.
The way Pras’ pal tells the story, the 41-year-old is not opposed to supporting his son, Landon; however, Angela, who reportedly earned nearly $72,000 last year working for a financial firm, is trying to have his monthly payments increased from $3,100 per month to $9,000 per month.
“He’s not opposed to paying additional child support should the court order it based on the child’s needs,” the source continued. “He’s not fighting his child.”
Angela is reportedly arguing to have the payments increased because her arrangement with Pras is making raising their son in her tiny Upper East Side Manhattan apartment, which costs her $2,200 per month, challenging. To that, Pras’ friends say that he recently submitted an $83,000 check to the New York City Child Support Processing Center “to cover child support retroactive from the time Landon was born.” They say that he is also consistently making monthly child support payments as ordered by the courts.
“So why can’t she move again?” Pras’ friend questioned.
According to Angela’s attorney Kenneth Sternberg, she is playing financial catch-up from the three years that she and Pras were on the outs.
“That was money that was due since the child support, and she had to deal with this without him,” said Kenneth. “This case should be over already.”
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As if the situation weren’t messy enough, TV personality Sherri Shepherd is refusing to pay child support for the child she and estranged husband Lamar Sally agreed to have via surrogate.
TMZ is reporting that Shepherd is refusing to pay support since she believes the surrogacy was a set up by Sally in the first place so that he could make a come up from the child support. Sources close to the couple are saying Shepherd no longer wants custody or to even be considered a parent and get stuck with massive child support payments.
Sally and Shepherd recently filed separate court docs to end their marriage.
The baby is due this month to a surrogate who signed a contract with the couple. The baby is said to have been created with Lamar’s sperm and an egg of the surrogate’s meaning Shepherd has no biological ties to the child. Sources say initially Shepherd opted for in-vitro, but once that was unsuccessful her and Lamar explored surrogacy.
Shepherd is refusing any rights or responsibilities towards the child. She has filed for divorce in New Jersey, while Sally has filed in California. Another twist? After some research, TMZ discovered that New Jersey courts generally do not recognize surrogacy agreements, while California law is somewhat different.
We understand that Shepherd doesn’t want to get taken for a fool, but people really need to consider the decisions they are making and stop using these children (unborn or otherwise) as pawns. There are more important things than money and whether you’re making babies the old-fashioned way or via medical advancements, you really have to consider who you’re procreating with. We hope these two can come to an agreement in the best interest of the child.
It’s looking like Columbus Short is facing way more than 99 problems these days. In addition to the criminal charges, which have been filed against him, the former “Scandal” actor has been ordered hand over quite a bit of cash per month to his estranged wife, Tanee Short.
According to TMZ, the troubled star pulled a no-show at a family court appearance. There was no lawyer present on his behalf either. The hearing ended with the absent actor being ordered to pay Tanee $17,005 per month in spousal support. He has also been ordered to pay an additional $4, 542 in child support for their two-year-old daughter. On top of all of that, he has to shell out $25,000 for Tanee’s legal fees.
Maybe Columbus should start taking these legal proceedings a bit more seriously. According to reports, he hasn’t even responded to Tanee’s divorce petition yet. Mind you, she filed in April. Things have been extremely ugly for the couple since their split and Tanee has even been granted a temporary restraining order against him.
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Stevie J may have been released from jail last week, but his problems in regard to his $1.2 million child support tab appear to be worsening. According to TMZ, the “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” star was recently issued notice that New York State now has the power to seize any property that he owns to sell it to pay off the pricey bill.
Unsurprisingly, court documents suggest that Stevie is actually well aware of the consequences that come along with his failure to pay child support. The state says that they sent four notifications to the VH1 star between 2011 and 2013. It’s being speculated that he ignored all of them. His financial woes don’t end there though. He’s also in hot water with the IRS. According to reports, there are five income tax liens against him, totaling to a whopping $371,000.
As you may recall, Stevie was recently videotaped being apprehended by Georgia police from his home for failing to pay ex-girlfriend, Carol Bennett, child support for their two children since 2001. He was later released on $25,000 bond. Stevie had better get it together and quickly!
Yesterday, footage surfaced of Stevie J being arrested and carted off to prison by Georgia police for owing over $1 million in child support. According to the Associated Press, Stevie was released earlier today from the Fulton County Jail on $25,000 bond. Shortly after his release, he told reporters it “feels great” to be home.
Of course, his legal troubles are far from over. He has been ordered to appear in court in the Southern District of New York. As you may recall, news of Stevie’s child hefty child support balance has been a headline favorite for quite some time now. Last winter, Carol Bennett, who has two children by Stevie, spoke out against the “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star, alleging that he hasn’t made a child support payment in nearly 13 years.
“This has been an ongoing situation. We’ve actually been to court twice. The thing is I haven’t been the one pushing to go to court,” Carol alleged. “He’s tried to go to court to not pay anything and has been denied twice. So basically, I’ve just been feeling that the system has been failing me and there’s not much I can do,” she continued.
“My kids are in high school. My daughter just started high school so we’re preparing for college. It’s time for saving. We have to make sure that they’re not just prepared academically. We have to make sure they’re prepared financially as well. We had an agreement in the child support order that he would provide insurance. But nothing [has] been covered by Stevie for the last twelve or thirteen years.”
According to U.S. Attorney Preet Bahara, the Grammy-winning producer failed to pay child support for two of his children, even back when he was racking in $27,000 per month. Stevie’s attorney Daniel Meachum is calling the allegations being made against his client “preposterous.” It’s going to be very interesting to see how this all unfolds.
According to TMZ, Stevie J just learned the hard way that failing to financially provide for your children could get you thrown in jail.
Despite the big house he lives in on Love and Hip Hop Atlanta and the flashy car keys he throws at folks on the show, the songwriter and producer has failed to pay child support for two of his children, which he had with ex-girlfriend Carol Antoinette Bennett, and reportedly stopped paying to support them in 2001. The child support asked of him for those two children started at $6,600 in 1999, an eventually increased to $8,500. After all these years of forgoing what he owes, Stevie J’s back child support bill is at $1,107, 412. Wow.
TMZ has obtained video of the reality star getting picked up by police and taken to jail in Georgia. He will face criminal charges in NYC for not paying what he owes.
We have been keeping up with this story since last year. We recently told you that Project Child Support has been helping Bennett by subpoenaing people in the singer’s life, including Joseline Hernandez, to get info on his finances and more, as he has failed to show up to hearings at Family Court in NYC. Mimi Faust has also said to us in an exclusive interview that Stevie J does not help her with their daughter, Eva.
When speaking on his child support issues, Stevie J seemed to be in denial that there was an issue:
“I’ve just been seeing a lot in the press. I didn’t know I had an issue.
We were in Philly just hanging out with my kids. I had a show in Philly. We chillin’, we at the mall with the kids. Me, wife, even baby momma was there, Ms. Bennett. But you know, it’s all good. But then I see I owe a million and some change!
It’s like everybody want their day in the sun, everybody wants to be hot. I talk to my kids every day on Facetime, and I see ‘em and I’m like, ‘What’s going on Superstar?’ ‘Ain’t nothin, everything good.’ Everything’s good? What’s this then? Everybody got their motives, you never know what’s on people’s minds.”
Clearly he was faking the funk…
Check out the exclusive video from TMZ of Stevie J being taken by the authorities below:
The long-lived child support battle between Halle Berry and ex-lover, Gabriel Aubrey, appears to be over—for now at least. According to People, the Academy Award-winning actress has been ordered to pay Gabriel $16,000 per month in child support for their daughter, Nahla, until she either turns 19 years old or finishes high school. That’s a pretty long time considering that Nahla is only six.
Halle will also be required to cough up $115,000 in retroactive support. The shocking ruling was delivered in a Los Angeles court room on May 30. TMZ is reporting that Halle has also been ordered to pay Gabriel $300,000 in attorney’s fees. Court documents reveal that the two share equal custody of Nahla.
Halle and Gabriel’s co-parenting situation certainly has not been the most ideal over the past couple of years. As you may recall, the former couple’s 2012 Thanksgiving was stained with memories of bloodshed and a prison cell after Gabriel got into a physical altercation with Halle’s now-husband, Olivier Martinez.
Hopefully, all parties involved have learned how to effectively (and peacefully) work through their issues for Nahla’s sake.
After the misleading mess that has surrounded the separation between Mase and his wife Twyla Betha for almost a year, TMZ is reporting that the couple are officially divorced.
The couple experienced some criticism earlier this year after reports revealed they had filed separation papers two years ago despite building a congregation together at the time and penning a marriage counseling book together under the guise of a happy union.
Initially both sides requested physical custody of their 2 kids. Mase will not have physical custody of the couple’s children, but has been ordered to pay $6000 in spousal and child support. Mase received “reasonable visitation” for his children of up to three hours a day as long as he gives 12-hours’ notice. Twyla must return all of Mase’s musical equipment which should be helpful as the rapper is set to release his fourth album Now We Even this summer.
Mase was recently rumored to be involved with “Basketball Wives LA” Star Malayasia Pargo who also recently filed for divorce from her husband, Jannero Pargo. Pargo immediately denied the rumors.
We’re just glad this mess is over and we hope the pair can move on a rebuild their lives and a healthy way and continue to preach the word with some honesty.
Right Or Wrong? Judge Bans Ohio Man From Having Anymore Kids Until He Pays $100,000 In Due Child Support For His 4 Kids
Back in January of 2013, 35-year-old (at the time) Asim Taylor’s status of being a “deadbeat dad” was such a problem, that Judge James Walther told him that he couldn’t have anymore kids for at least five years until he could prove that he was financially providing for the four children he already had. You see, Asim Taylor owes almost $100,000 in back child support for his four children. According to The Chronicle Telegram online, Taylor was put on probation for this, and a disgusted Judge Walther told him this during his sentence hearing last year (among quite a few other things):
“I put this condition on for one reason and one reason alone, It’s your personal responsibility to pay for these kids.”
It’s unclear if Taylor’s children were being supported in any way by the state, but Walther was tired of him ducking and dodging his financial responsibilities. If he violated this order, Taylor would be put in prison for a year. At the time, Taylor’s lawyer, Doug Merrill, said that such a ruling violated his client’s right to have sex and procreate. He argued that the only way his client could make sure that he doesn’t procreate again is to abstain from sex–again, a violation of his right to engage in intercourse. And if a woman were to get pregnant by him, she would feel pressured to abort the child, which he said would go against Roe v. Wade. He vowed to appeal the ruling. At the time, Taylor was told that if he could prove that he was taking steps to provide for his children financially or that he already had been doing so, the bar would be lifted. But during the ruling, he admitted that he wasn’t: “I take care of my children,” he said. “I just don’t pay them through child support.” Flash forward to a few days ago when an appeals court handled the case. They decided to uphold the ruling from Judge Walther and Judge Carla Moore said this according to the Daily Mail UK:
“Indeed, we have little to go on other than what the trial court said in its journal entries, which is itself limited. We therefore have no choice in this case but to presume the regularity of the community control sanctions and to affirm.”
It also didn’t help for appellate court member Judge Donna Carr that he had a history of not owning up to his responsibilities and has shown a lack of remorse for the whole situation.
“Where, as here, the defendant has demonstrated a long-term refusal to support multiple children by multiple women notwithstanding his ability to work and contribute something for their care, an anti-procreation condition is reasonably related to future criminality. Taylor has here demonstrated that he is not inclined to support any of his children. There is no reason to believe that he would be inclined to support any future children.”
Carr and the rest of the court said the original ruling was not unconstitutional, because similar judgments had been handed out in other places, including a ruling made by Wisconsin’s Supreme Court. Are you smelling a precedent being set? I’m not sure where I stand on this whole situation. On the one hand, it makes sense that if you can’t take care of your children financially, you shouldn’t continue to make more (though many still do). And the ruling is only for five years, giving him enough time to work and start shelling out the dough. However, the control aspect of it–the ruling is called an anti-procreation condition for goodness sake–seems wrong. No, it’s not on the same level as forced sterilization, but still…something about all this rubs me wrong. But what about you? Talk about it.
When The Checks Stop Rolling In: Matthew Knowles Won’t Have To Pay Child Support For Another 3 Years…Find Out Why
Alexsandra Wright, mother of Matthew Knowles’ three year old son Nixon, is likely not a very happy camper today. For the past couple of months Wright has done interviews with “Inside Edition” and allowed photographers to take pictures of her and Nixon being evicted, all so she can let the world know that millionaire Matthew Knowles hasn’t been paying child support.
Well, that’s partially true. Matthew hasn’t been paying child support…because, as TMZ reports, he “grossly overpaid in the past.”
Wright has been dragging him in and out of court for months and Knowles had been ordered to pay Wright $12k a month back in February of 2013. But a few weeks ago, he got the judge to reduce it to $2,485 a month when he reported that his income had decreased.
But sources claim that Matthew came back to the judge again, arguing that since he’s been ordered to pay only $2,485 now, he’s been overpaying Wright all along. He was paying the $12k when it should have been the lesser amount.
So how much extra had Knowles paid? Well, it was $110k. And since he’s paid this much in additional child support, the judge agreed to give Matthew credit for the overpay.
This means that Wright won’t be getting anything from Matthew Knowles, in the way of child support, for the next three and a half years. Sources tell TMZ, Wright plans to continue her fight.
There is one last twist in this messy and convoluted story. Since Wright has made it known that she is getting $300 a month in food stamps, Welfare officials are likely to come after Knowles, sometime this summer.
This story, as we’ve said so many times before is the hottest of messes. It’s just appalling. Matthew had it all and squandered it for a woman who seems to have majored in messiness. Then instead of being a man and being there for his child, Matthew falls back but pays child support, based on his income at the time.Then when he starts making a little less money, he goes back and says he’s been overpaying. It all seems like nickel and dining to me. If you were making enough to contribute $12k at that time, how were you overpaying? That’s what you could afford at that time. I understand getting the amount decreased to match your income but how is it fair to assume that you should be credited for the money you paid when you were making enough to warrant those payments?
And we’ve talked about Alexsandra before. Girl, you had to have some type of inkling that Matthew’s morality meter was just a bit skewed if he was willing to sleep with you while he was still in a very public marriage. So perhaps, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he’s not gung ho about the idea of throwing money your way for the next eighteen years, now that the two of you, presumably, aren’t sleeping together anymore. So with that in mind, it’s time to activate that backup plan and make sure your son is good. Because honey, the checks ain’t coming in like they used to.