Mathew Knowles Ordered To Pay $71K In Back Child Support
Mathew Knowles was slammed last month by family court Judge David D. Farr after it was alleged that he attempted to buy his former flame TaQoya Branscomb’s silence after learning that she was pregnant with their now 5-year-old daughter child, Koi Knowles. He was also ordered to pay $70,822 in back child support plus interest.
According to our sister site, Bossip, Knowles allegedly gave Branscomb $225,000 in hush money when he learned of her pregnancy in 2009. He was still married to his ex-wife, Tina Knowles at the time.
“Mr. Knowles knew of his paternity in September 2009 and clearly sought to avoid the establishment of a support obligation based primarily on the tolling agreement and the payment of monies pursuant to said agreement, which the court can only reasonably conclude was hush money,” Judge Farr wrote as part of his ruling in Harris County District Court.
Knowles argued that he should not have to pay back child support because he already paid Branscomb $225,000, gave her money to have an abortion, and was under the impression that she did until shortly after Koi’s birth. Judge Farr, however, did not see things his way.
“The court notes that Mr. Knowles has zero interest, and in this court’s consideration on the evidence, zero capability of being a positive role model in the child’s life,” Farr wrote. “By way of findings to the issue of retroactive child support,” Judge Farr continued, “the court notes that it has considerable doubts concerning the veracity and credibility of Mr. Knowles’ testimony based on numerous observations at trial.”
To obtain the $71,000 owed to Branscomb, Farr ordered for the garnishment of Knowles’ wages. The music industry executive is also on the hook for $1,496 per month in child support payments going forward, and he will be required to foot the bill for the girl’s health insurance. Last but not least, he is responsible for paying $50,000 of his former lover’s attorney fees.
According to reports, the judge is expected to make the ruling permanent during a hearing next week.