Following his most recent appearance in court on Tuesday for his ongoing child support battle, American actor Tyrese Gibson has been ordered to pay US$636,944 for child support and his ex-wife Samantha Lee Gibson’s legal fees.
Prior to Tuesday’s hearing at the Fulton County court, Tyrese expressed his displeasure with the presiding judge, Kevin Farmer, and accused Farmer of poor conduct in a video. The actor also called on civil rights attorney Ben Crump and Martin Luther King III to join him in court as a show of support. However, the men did not make an appearance on Tuesday.
Farmer did not take kindly to Tyrese’s refusal and failure to pay the $10,000 per month he was ordered to pay last August and held him in contempt of court but did not order his arrest. Tyrese had previously expressed that he felt Farmer was racist and biassed against him during his original ruling and said $10K was excessive while on the stand yesterday. He explained that Samantha did not need that much money as she had a good income.
Tyrese has been paying $2,236 per month for his daughter Soraya but must pay $237,944 in back child support, which represents the monthly difference that was owed plus interest. The Fast and Furious film star is also required to pay $399K for Samantha’s attorney fees as well as $17K for the special master who was appointed by the judge to handle minor disputes during the case.
Tyrese’s attorney, Tanya Mitchell Graham, disclosed to TMZ that her team would file an appeal when the judge’s order is entered. A motion for a new trial has already been filed and will be heard next month. Judge Farmer has set a May 15 due date for approximately $258K of the total sum to be paid, but according to Graham, that date may be pushed back once their appeal is filed.
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