Just weeks after news of their divorce broke, Kelis has accused her estranged husband [artist id="1000"]Nas[/artist] of abandoning her during her pregnancy. Kelis is carrying the couple’s first child together and is reportedly due to give birth next month.
MTV News has obtained court papers filed by [artist id="509603"]Kelis[/artist] against Nas that detail her accusations.
In the motion, filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Kelis is seeking child support, spousal support, and attorney fees and costs from Nas.
Overall, the singer’s requests total a number of one-time payments upwards of $30,000 for birthing costs, a nurse, baby items for multiple homes, and more.
According to the documents, Kelis is due to give birth to the couple’s first child on July 21. (Nas has a daughter, Destiny Jones, 15, from a previous relationship.)
Kelis is also seeing spousal support retroactive to April 30 when the couple split, according to the filing. Requests for child support, beginning when Kelis gives birth, and for Nas to maintain her medical insurance were also made.
In the papers, Kelis, a recording artist with a number of hits including “Milkshake” and “Caught Out There,” maintains that she is dependent on Nas’ financial will. The singer said she took a hiatus from her musical career in 2008 to attend culinary school. The monies she received in that year were royalty payments, but have since been spent on monthly bills.
In the filing, Kelis and her legal team attempt to paint Nas’ financial picture.
The paperwork alleges Nas signed an $11 million recording contract with Def Jam and is co-owner of touring company, Gorilla Union. The documents state Nas also pays for five homes, three for the couple in Los Angeles, New York and Georgia, and one for his family in New York and her family in the Dominican Republic. In addition to business ventures and property, the filings suggest Nas owns a number of luxury items, including a Rolls Royce Phantom, a Maybach, a Ferrari and a full-time driver in New York.
According to the filing, the married couple maintained separate bank accounts and filed separate tax returns.
A source who requested anonymity told MTV News that Kelis has attempted to reach Nas directly and via her attorney, but both routes have been unsuccessful.
“All of this is adding up and all of the weight is falling on her shoulders, creating extreme emotional stress which I’m sure has affects on her physically since she’s due to give birth any day now,” the source said. “Kelis has spent every last penny that she has to cover whatever expenses for the baby that she can but at this point really needs him to step up and share in the responsibility. She physically can’t work to bring in any sort of income, as much as she’d like to.”
Earlier this month, Kelis took to Twitter to comment about infidelity . She did not name Nas, but the Tweets appeared in the wake of a widely circulated photo of him surrounded by unidentified women in Turks and Caicos. The image was leaked by Nas using singer Maxwell’s Twitter account; Maxwell was also pictured in the image.
Throughout her series of Tweets, Kelis discussed the “sub par tricks” that participate in cheating with a married man. She said “all the scum bag coward husbands” and “less than impressive” women should unite and “go down in flames together.”
Word of the couple’s divorce was first reported in April of this year. The pair were married in January 2005 and until recently seemed to be the picture of happiness, collaborating on music together and appearing on number red carpets. In February, Nas even asked for fans’ help in naming his and Kelis’ baby.
At press time, representatives for Nas had not responded MTV News’ requests for comment.