Fugees star Prakazrel 'Pras' Michel has asked a judge to lower his $4,800 a month child support payments as he is struggling financially after the feds seized $75 million from his bank accounts.
The 46-year-old semi-retired rapper hopes that the profits from the release of his new album Elon Musk will help pay some of his bills. His lawyer Judith White stated in a hearing at Manhattan Family Court on Monday, July 15, that Pras is having a hard time paying his child support and other legal bills.
Pras, whose fleet of luxury vehicles includes the $400,000 Rolls-Royce Ghost he's pictured getting out of, took a financial hit after his manager took his last $25 million.
The rapper, who is one of the members of the influential hip-hop group Fugees, asked a judge to decrease his child support payments from $4,800 to $500 a month according to his ex, Angela Severiano.
"My client is aware that he has to reinvent himself... so that he is able to pay money for this child and he is doing everything in his ability (to do that) such as attempting to release a new album called Elon Musk," White told a judge. "He hit a very hard low and is attempting to bring himself up in the best way he knows, through his art. Right now he simply has no income."
However, Severiano's lawyer, Robert Wallack, argued that the motion to lower child support payments should be dismissed, since Pras hasn't provided the necessary financial documentation to prove he is struggling financially, WENN.com reports.
"We have no idea what his income is. We have no idea what the sources of his money are because he has not provided a sworn affidavit," Wallack said. "How is he traveling? How did he fly to town for this appearance? How is he supporting his lifestyle?"
Outside court, Pras told reporters that the feds took $75 million of his $100 million fortune, while his manager ran off with the remaining $25 million.
The rapper is facing federal charges for allegedly conspiring with fugitive Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho to make and conceal foreign campaign contributions to former President Obama's reelection campaign
Pras insisted he is not one of the deadbeat, absentee fathers that are rampant in the Black community.
"I'm doing everything I can. I'm not trying to not pay child support. The best thing I can do is work on my creative," he told reporters. "Hopefully it will be successful and then once it's successful then everything will be back to normal.
He added: "For six years we have no problem. I paid (child support). I am not trying to run away from my responsibilities."
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