Just hours after Kelis gave birth to her first child, a judge reportedly ordered her estranged husband, [artist id="1000"]Nas[/artist], to pay her hefty sums in both spousal and child support.
According to The Associated Press, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Thursday (July 23) that Nas must pay [artist id="509603"]Kelis[/artist] nearly $44,000 a month in support. The ruling is temporary until a follow-up hearing September 8, when it will be decided if the amount should be altered. In addition to the monthly support, Nas must also pay $45,000 to cover Kelis' attorney fees and for a forensic accountant.
Attorney for both parties were at odds over support for Kelis' prenatal care. In papers filed with the court, Kelis claims Nas "abandoned" her during her pregnancy. A lawyer for Nas, however, contends his client paid $30,000 in expenses toward the birth and maintained her health-insurance costs.
When contacted by MTV News, representatives for Kelis' lawyer's office declined to comment or confirm the information.
Kelis and Nas have been embattled in a bitter divorce dispute since word broke that the couple would be splitting in April.
In papers filed in court at the time, Kelis cited irreconcilable differences. The couple were married for four years, and in January, they announced they were expecting their first child together. Nas spoke excitedly to MTV News in April about welcoming his second child; he has a teenage daughter from a previous relationship. He even went as far as suggesting fans help the musical couple name their son.
"I've been thinking about kinda putting something online: 'Choose his name,' " he said. "You get a couple stacks for that. We take care of you for that. You win something real. But we're thinking now."
A couple of weeks later, Kelis announced the split, and the couple have had it out since through court papers, Twitter posts and now legal rulings.
Nas, for his part, seems to be in a celebratory mode. In a video posted online earlier this week, Nas revealed the name of his son, Knight Jones, and shouted out his newborn. He also urged his fans to be cautious about all the media attention about his divorce.
"My son is born today, so shout-out to my son, Knight," the rapper says in a clip, which is stamped with Tuesday's date. "My son's name is Knight. That's what I named the young God, Knight. Y'all heard it first. Don't believe nothing you hear in the media. I love y'all. Don't listen to that bullsh--. I love y'all. That's why I'm here."