G.O.O.D. Music artist Kid Cudi‘s camp has lashed back a day after reports emerged online which claimed he gave up a custody battle for his daughter last summer and is a deadbeat father.
According to Team Cudi, accusations about his alleged violent and drug-infused past were never proven in the custody proceedings.
“The truth is that in August 2012, Kid Cudi and his daughter’s mother jointly reached an amicable agreement on the issues of legal custody and parenting time. While Kid Cudi’s lawyer, Lauren Blair of the Chicago-based law firm, Pedersen & Houpt, will not comment on the details of the parties’ custody and parenting agreement, which are private, she did state that the final custody judgment in Kid Cudi’s case expressly acknowledges that “both parents are fit and proper persons to have custody of their child.” Ms. Blair also made clear that allegations of a purported history of drug and alcohol use and violent behavior that were made in the early stages of the case were based on “stale” information from internet videos, interviews and other “unreliable hearsay sources” about alleged isolated incidents with unrelated persons as far back as December 2009, June 2010 and July 2010. In fact, Kid Cudi voluntarily agreed to take a drug test to dispute those allegations and to dispel any notion that he was unfit to parent based on allegations of illegal drug use, and the test results came back negative for drugs.” (Statement)
The statement also went on to diminish “deadbeat dad” claims and said Cudi is on amicable terms with his daughter’s mother.
“Kid Cudi was also never proven to be an “absentee dad” or a deadbeat dad who didn’t want to be involved in his child’s life or tried to shirk his parental obligations. The court formally acknowledged that Kid Cudi had, since his daughter’s birth, “attempted to establish a relationship with the child and visit with the child when not on tour, or when he is in Chicago or in the state of Ohio where both parties are originally from.” The court also recognized that Kid Cudi had voluntary provided financial support, including child support, rent and other monthly payments, for his daughter since her birth until the time that a child support order was entered as part of the normal course of the case. As for the parties’ custody agreement, it was just that: the parties’ agreement. Ms. Blair explained “We don’t use the term ‘full custody’ in Illinois, so I don’t know what that means, but in Illinois, a parent can still be highly involved in his or her child’s life and have extensive parenting time as well as other significant parental rights without being awarded custody.” Her final comment was “Both parties, as well as the judge and the parties’ lawyers, worked very hard over many months to reach an amicable resolution because everyone saw that it was in the child’s best interest to do so and saw two parents who both deeply love and care about their child.”” (Statement)
Details of the August agreement turned into a headline-generating story yesterday.
Kid Cudi’s waving the white flag in his bitter custody dispute with his baby mama — agreeing to let his baby mama take full custody of their daughter … TMZ has learned. The custody war has been quietly raging on for over a year — with Cudi and his baby mama arguing back and forth over who should get full custody. Cudi said he got a place in Chicago just to be close to his daughter and her mother — and provided his daughter with generous support — but his baby mom said that was BS, insisting Cudi was provided “sporadic and inconsistent amounts” of support … and was an absentee dad. (TMZ)
Known for loving his daughter, Cudder brought her out at a Cleveland concert earlier this year.
Kid Cudi performed a free show in Cleveland on Thursday as part of the 2012 induction festivities for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Toward the end of the show he brought his daughter Vada out on stage to introduce her to the crowd. Check out the video below to see Cudi perform the last few songs of the set, and you can jump to about 6:15 to see him bring out Vada. (Dat New Cudi)