Yesterday, a gossip tabloid reported erroneously that rap artist Chris "Ludacris" Bridges ("Petitioner") lost his court case to baby mama, Tamika Fuller. The tabloid, Radar Online, reported that Chris was ordered to pay $35,000 for Tameka's attorney fees.
That's what her side wants you to believe.
Ludacris did not lose the court battle for custody as was widely reported yesterday.
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Ludacris filed for child custody -- and he makes much more money than Tamika. As with any case with such income disparity, the court ordered Chris to pay fees so that Tamika could afford to defend herself.
According to my well-connected source at the courthouse, the $35K was about half of what the opposing counsel asked for. The opposing counsel asked for much, much more cash.
The court appointed a guardian ad Litem ("GAL") which is a third party attorney that represents the minor child. Ludacris actually filed the motion asking for the GAL -- and he doesn't mind paying for it.
That's a far cry from him losing the court case -- which is still ongoing, by the way.
Tamika reportedly fought vehemently against having a GAL appointed because she did not want her home life to be investigated.
Again, because of the income disparity, Ludacris is paying the guardian ad Litem fees (someone has to pay the fees and Tamika can't afford it).
Once the GAL retainer is exhausted, both parties may have to pony up 1/2 the fees.
According to my court source, Ludacris did accuse Tamika of violating the February 19th court order by not providing her financial info.
The court did disagree on that and ordered Chris to pay $2,000 in fees, but the opposing counsel asked for more than double that.
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