News: Nas Unable To Pay Kelis' Child/Spousal Support, Asks Judge To Re-Consider $152K Payments
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 11:24PM
Grammy-nominated rapper Nasir "Nas" Jones has reportedly asked a judge to reconsider his monthly child and spousal support payments to estranged wife/singer Kelis.
According to new reports, Nas says he cannot afford a judge's recent monthly pay-out amount ruling.
Nas claims he can't afford to pay Kelis the child and spousal support ordered by the court. As we first reported, a court ordered Nas last month to pay more than $87,000 in back spousal and child support. The judge also ordered Nas to pay Kelis $10,000 a month in spousal support to stay current. It's unclear how much Nas is required to pay in monthly child support. Nas says in the new legal docs obtained by TMZ ... the judge predicated the order on Nas making $152,031 a month, but the rapper says he makes "substantially less than that amount." Nas' lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, is asking the judge to take another look at the damage to Nas' wallet. (TMZ)
Kelis has reportedly requested for her divorce from Nas to be processed quickly.
According to documents filed last week, Kelis said in a declaration, "... it would be in the best interest of both of us if our marital status is terminated as soon as possible." Because she fears that the legal proceedings could take years to figure out, Kelis has requested that the judge immediately terminate their marriage -- and wait until a later time to resolve "all other issues." As for the odds that the two will rekindle their romance -- Kelis stated, "I believe there is no possibility of reconciliation with [Nas]." (TMZ)
Nas has also said he is ready to move on and care for his family.
A Los Angeles judge dismissed the contempt allegation against the rapper Monday after he paid nearly $50,000 in child support to his estranged wife Kelis. Kelis' attorney sought the contempt charge earlier this year after Nas fell $200,000 behind on child and spousal support payments. He was ordered in December to pay more than $51,000 a month to Kelis and their infant son. In a statement released Wednesday, Nas says, "All I want to do is make music and raise my kids. Nothing else matters." (Associated Press)
The rapper lost his court battle earlier this year over spousal and child support.
Nas went to court Monday over his divorce with Kelis -- and walked out a little lighter in the wallet. According to documents filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Nas had to immediately fork over $47,249.42 in back child support and $40,454 in back spousal support. The judge also ordered Nas to pay $10,000/month in spousal support until he pays off the $299,015.50 he owes Kelis. Nas also has to pay 90% of Kelis' legal fees in the amount of $155,787.28. Lastly, Nas has to pay $48,549.83 to cover Kelis' accounting expenses. (TMZ)
Check out some past Nas & Kelis footage below: