Friday, December 11, 2009

Nas Ordered To Pay Kelis $51,000 A Month

Wednesday (December 9), Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David S. Cunningham ordered Queensbridge rapper Nas to pay $51,101 a month in spousal and child support to soon-to-be-ex-wife Kelis.

The ruling came after two days of testimony from both musicians, as they each portrayed themselves as cash-strapped. Kelis admitted to inking a new recording contract with Interscope Records for $175,000, but will reportedly only receive $50,000 from that deal with the remainder going to her managers. During cross-examination, she told Mark Kaplan, Nas' attorney, that her comeback career is a far cry from the chart topping fame she experienced with the 2003 single Milkshake. At the time, Kelis' income could not be determined because she has not filed an income tax return in years.

Nas confirmed with his testimony that he would not be releasing a solo album in 2010, but it was unclear if that included his collaboration with Damian Marley, Distant Relatives. He also revealed that he owed $700,000 to his manager and $2.5 million in back taxes to the IRS.

After the hearing, Kaplan said the changes benefit Nas as he will no longer have to pay $13,000 a month for the former couple's Los Angeles home. Kelis has been living at the home with the couple's son, Knight, in recent months and has installed recording equipment at the house.

Kelis' attorney, Laura Wasser, said that she was "thrilled" with the ruling. Neither Nas nor Kelis have personally commented on the ruling as of yet.

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