You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself: The Most Ridiculous Celebrity Paternity Suits
Did you know that you can file a celebrity paternity suit even if you’ve never met the celebrity before? Or even after he already took a DNA test to prove he’s not the father? These groupies took the fandom to a new low when they filed these wild, crazy and completely absurd paternity suits. And we think they should be ashamed.
On an episode of ESPN’s Highly Questionable, Gonzalo “Papi” Le Batard asked Nelly what his craziest fan encounter was. Nelly replied, “I had a young lady drive all the way from Houston, TX to my front door with a kid that was 14 years old which was half my age swearing up and down that he was my son.”
Lucky for Nelly, after he pointed out her mathematical error to the police she was escorted off the premises and he never heard from her again.
In 2010, Karen Sala rocked Hollywood when she claimed that Keanu Reaves was the father of her four adult children aged 25, 23, 22 and 21. She said that not only was he their dad but that he’d lived with the family off and on — before, after, and during her marriage to her ex-husband. Sala wanted no only $150,000 a month in retroactive child support but $3 million a month in spousal support.
But the story got crazier when the tabloids found out that Sala made her claim after Keanu had already submitted a paternity test verifying that the kids weren’t his. Sala claimed that he somehow cheated the test. But when she refused to show a judge the father’s name on her children’s birth certificate or have her husband submit a DNA test for the children he raised, the case was thrown out of court.
Model Michael Girgenti shook up the Kardashian household when he gave a graphic interview with InTouch Weekly claiming that he had “unprotected” sex with Kourtney Kardashian while she and Scott were on a break — just nine months before little Mason was born.
He even went so far as to go to court to demand a paternity test. But the suit was thrown out of court when Michael failed a lie detector test and had to admit that he hadn’t slept with Kourtney at all.
In the craziest maternity suit in history, Tina Seales tried to sue Beyonce saying that she was the mother of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy. And because Beyonce had previously been the victim of rumors that her pregnancy was fake, the lawsuit quickly went viral.
But when it was discovered that Seales had also sued Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Michael Jackson nd the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge saying she was the mother of their children, the case was quietly shooed out of court.
Pamela Smith had been telling her son Taj Jordan that Michael Jordan was his father for 17 years. And in 2013, she went to the press to claim the same thing — and demand that Michael Jordan pay child support.
Not only did a judge find that Michael wasn’t the father but he called Pamela a “gold-digging media hound” that knew the NBA player wasn’t her son’s father all along. Then he made her pay $10,000 to cover Jordan’s legal fees and her son has taken down the dozens of YouTube posts imploring his “father” to take responsibility for his son.
Back in 2011, Mariah Yeater went to the tabloids to say that she and Justin had a fling in 2010 after one of his concerts and conceived a baby that actually sort of looked like Justin Bieber.
But when Bieber’s camp responded by saying that Justin demanded a paternity test and was going to sue the pants off of her when they proved the baby wasn’t his, Mariah’s lawyers quietly dropped the suit and Mariah scurried off to find her real baby daddy.
Marc Anthony’s first marriage to Dayanara Torres ended abruptly, right around the time that a Miami waitress sued him for the paternity of her child. Anthony had to submit to multiple DNA tests before she dropped her lawsuit and admitted that the kid was irrefutably not his. Unfortunately by that time, Marc Anthony’s marriage was already over.
Anna Nicole Smith
The sheer number of men suing for paternity of Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter Dannielynn make it one of the craziest cases outside of a Maury set. After Anna Nicole died, a grand total of five men sued for paternity in one of the biggest paternity cases in history. And when the dust settled, it turned out that DannieLynn’s father was always Larry Birkhead, Anna’s longtime boyfriend.
Tyrisha Childers had $0 in the bank, no job and nothing more than $694 in disability coming in every month. So she went to the tabloids to claim that her poverty was Rick Ross’ fault — because he hadn’t paid a dime of child support for their three year old son.
Rick said he’d never seen the woman before, much less slept with her. But she kept up her lawsuit until a DNA test definitively confirmed that Ross was not the father and put an end to Childers’ publicity pay day.
Crazy paternity suits are certainly nothing new. Back when Paul McCartney was with the Beatles, a woman named Erika Habers went to the tabloids claiming that she and Paul made her daughter Bettina Krischbin back in Hamburg before he made it big.
Paul submitted to a blood test to prove that she wasn’t his daughter and thought the ordeal was over. But in 2007, Bettina popped up in headlines again claiming that Paul used a stand-in for the blood test to get out of being her dad. But the court threw the case out of court because the statute of limitations for fraud cases is five years and Bettina waited roughly 25 years to sue.
Chris Rock’s comedy career took a hit when journalist Kali Bowyer went to the tabloids claiming that Chris Rock wasn’t paying child support or the hospital bills of her sick son. But just as Chris Rock’s fans were starting to wonder whether he was really a monster, a DNA test and proved that he wasn’t the child’s father.
Mike Tyson’s career has never been a stranger to scandal. But in 1991, the shenanigans were on the other foot when a woman named Natalie Fears sued Tyson for $12 million claiming that he was the father of her son. We don’t know if Fears knew that paternity tests were a thing, but Tyson sure did. He spent a few hundred on a test and saved $12 million in back child support when it proved that he wasn’t the boys father.
When it comes to the paternity lottery, not even Bill Cosby is safe. In 1997, a woman named Autumn Jackson blackmailed Bill Cosby for $40 million saying she’d go to the tabloids saying that he was her father. Instead of paying up, Cosby admitted to having had an affair with her mother Shawn Upshaw and demanded a paternity test. But Jackson refused to submit a blood sample and ended up spending 14 months in jail for extortion.
Back in 2013, Gloria Holloway made a mad dash for Flo Rida’s bank account when she claimed that he was the father of her two-year-old son and sued for back child support at nearly the same time. But Flo Rida beat her to the punch and got the court to grant him a DNA test just in time to block Gloria from her fraudulent pay day.
Not all paternity suits come from strangers. During a 2010 press conference for The Losers, Idris Elba happily announced to the press that he and his current girlfriend were the proud parents of a baby boy. But as the baby got older, friends of Idris began to murmur that the baby “didn’t look like me.” So Idris demanded a DNA test only to find out the baby wasn’t his.
He told GQ Magazine, “To be given that and then have it taken away so harshly,was like taking a full-on punch in the face: POW.
You know, the truth is—like, even admitting it, I’ll probably get laughed at for the rest of my life. But it is just tragic, and it happened.”