New York rapper Nas has pleaded not guilty to contempt of court after his estranged wife Kelis filed paperwork alleging that he owes over $200,000 in child and spousal support.
According to reports, a contempt hearing will take place in March.
Nas has just pled not guilty to contempt of court, in what has become a bitter divorce case between him and Kelis. In court this AM, Kelis’ lawyer alleged Nas owes more than $200,000 in child and spousal support, along with attorney’s fees. Kelis’ lawyer had filed a contempt motion earlier because her estranged hubby refused to pay up … today, through Nas’ attorney, the rapper pled not guilty. A contempt hearing will be held next month. If convicted, Nas could go to jail. (TMZ)
On a recently leaked unreleased track called “Strong Will Continue,” Nas addressed his legal woes with Kelis.
On the track, he makes reference to a 1993 incident where martial arts film star Bruce Lee’s son Brandon was killed on set of The Crow. “Twisted and mangled, sort of like Bruce Lee life/ Cursed with his son Brandon/ If that’s you and me Knight/ I pray our fate’s greater.” The 36 year-old MC is less than pleased with his reported court-ordered spousal and child support payments of $52,000 per month. “How in the h*ll am I supposed to stay comfy/ When I pay child support, alimony monthly,” he raps. And as for rumors that he cheated on his wife, Nas has something to say on that topic as well. “So I’ve stuck with some married women so fine, cheating while their husband rushing on the 40-yard line/ Wonder if this is what my ex did the whole time.” (Rap-Up)
The two ex-lovers allegedly attempted to reconcile their differences last fall.
During Wednesday’s hearing Kelis said that the couple — who announced their intention to divorce in April after a four-year marriage — attempted to reconcile in September to no avail. She also reportedly testified that she has been having difficulty earning money because she is a new mother and doesn’t have a lot of job options outside of the music business. She told the court that Nas is slated to release two albums in 2010. (MTV)
Last summer, Nas’ Def Jam labelmate Method Man spoke out on the rapper’s situation.
“Not for nothing, and I’m not knocking, I don’t know the ins and outs of their relationship but as far as speaking for men in general, ladies come on, y’all know that’s some bullsh*t,” Mef added. “Ladies, let’s be real and sh*t, for real for real, all you did was f*ck your man. That money right there, a kid don’t need that much money to survive and sh*t. You trying to maintain your lifestyle. I wanna see the shoe on the other foot. That sh*t is ridiculous man because then you got a lot of chicks and that’s not all of them, but there are some chicks out there striving to get [that]…The court system is geared more towards the women than the men.” (EZ Street Show)