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You may have seen a story in the NY Post late last week that added Fugees’ member Pras to the growing list of celebrity dads who ain’t isht. But the 42-year-old artist is urging folks not to believe everything they read. Though the Post claimed Pras makes $1.7 million per year and refuses to give his 4-year-old child a penny of it, in an exclusive interview with HipHopWired, he called the tabloid’s headlines “very misleading” and set the record straight on the real relationship with the mother of his child and his son.
“In all honesty, I have no relationship with this woman, but the child is my responsibility and if I have to pay $3,000 or whatever, I’m doing that,” he said. “But here’s the truth of the matter–and I don’t care who knows–I only slept with her twice. When I was intimate with her, I was responsible but the condom came off. And she said to me, ‘Oh, I’m cool! I’m on the pill! Then she comes back to me three months later talking about, ‘I’m pregnant.’ This is the type of woman we’re dealing with. She’s worse than a video vixen!”
Pras isn’t the first man to pull this rhetoric when it comes to fathering a child, but while we know he doesn’t have a relationship with the 38-year-old mother of his son, Angela Severiano, does he have one with the boy? As of now that answer is no.
“I can’t have a relationship [with my son] because I’m in the middle of a court battle and she’s preventing me from doing so,” he said. “Unfortunately when it comes to family court, she’s considered the primary caretaker by default because me and her never had any sort of relationship.”
As for claims he’s a deadbeat dad, Pras stated plainly:
“What is a deadbeat dad? I pay $3,100–straight to the court, every single month. And then the court gives her the money. I did not arbitrarily give her that number. The court picked the number. See how it works in New York is, [child support] is not based on the father’s income. I can make $100 million dollars and it doesn’t matter. It’s based on the needs of the child. I didn’t write the laws.
“When you make over a certain threshold, they take a percentage of your income and give it to the child. If you make over something like $400,000, then it becomes about the child’s immediate needs. This is her second time trying to get what is called an ‘upward modification.’ The first time she tried it, the judge shot it down. And this is for her fourth lawyer. I’ve only had one attorney throughout this entire process.
“My son’s mom decided she wanted to move out of a place she could afford in New Jersey and move to the upper West Side [of NYC]. That isn’t my responsibility! She thinks that because of my lifestyle, that she should be living like me.
“She makes $80,000 a year on top of me paying her tax-free $37,000. [She’s] really irrational. I’m going to show you the type of person she is. At the beginning of this year, I paid her $80,000 because I wasn’t in her life and the courts felt like I needed to play catchup. I said cool–wrote the check and then proposed to start up a college fund that culminates $1,000 a month for the next 18 years.”
According to Pras, Severiano rejected the offer because her name wasn’t placed on the account for controlling. He also provided a copy of the check to HipHopWired and further defended himself against the deadbeat dad backlash, saying:
“Regardless of how my opinion comes out, everything I’m telling you is documented. The facts are the facts. From the time my son was born, he’s been paid up until today. My financial manager pays the courts. Yes, I have a nice life and I’m not ashamed of that. This past week, I was at the Kennedy Center with the president honoring Al Green, Tom Hanks and Sting. I get around but I get around quietly. Even if I’m flying around privately, I still make sure my son is taken care of.”
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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