A judge sided with Ludacris in his ongoing court battle with former girlfriend Tamika Fuller, granting him full custody of the couple’s 13-month-old daughter, Cai.
Ludacris, the rapper/actor whose legal name is Chris Bridges, had faced the possibility of higher child support payments and accusations from Fuller that he had not wanted the pregnancy.
According to TMZ, Tamika Fuller had claimed Ludacris had offered her $10,000 and a house if she “lost” the baby.
Fuller stated that Ludacris had “cried” when she told him of the unplanned pregnancy and begged her to end it, claiming that it would hurt his career.
Fuller had been seeking $15,000 per month in child support while the actor counteracted with a proposal for less than $1,800 per month.
A judge had ordered Ludacris to pay $7,000 per month pending an investigation into his finances, which claimed his income for 2013 was a mere $55,000 total.
Claiming that Fuller was damaging his reputation with such statements, Ludacris went on the counter attack, stating he could provide a better living environment for the child than Fuller.
Fuller and Ludacris have been battling it out since February 2014.
Following the victory, Ludacris released the following exclusive statement to People Magazine.
“After review of all the evidence, the testimony of the witnesses, the report of the guardian ad litem, and the claims made throughout this entire case, I am gratified that the judge found me to be the most fit and proper parent to have primary physical custody of our beautiful daughter.”
Ludacris married his longtime girlfriend Eudoxie Agnan on Christmas Eve last year, leaving some to speculate it was a calculated move in his attempt to win the custody battle.
He has another daughter, Karma Bridges, from a previous relationship. Ludacris had touted his involvement with Karma as part of his testimony and reasoning for gaining full custody of Cai, referring to himself as an “active father.”
Ludacris has appeared in several of the Fast and Furious movies and is set to reprise his role as Tej in this summer’s Furious 7. His most prominent starting role was in the ensemble in the critically acclaimed Crash, in which he played a car jacker with a conscience.
Ludacris is the co-founder of Disturbing tha Peace, an American record label distributed by Def Jam Recordings. His music has been featured in such films as The Hangover and Tropic Thunder, and his rap albums have amassed multiple gold and platinum records.
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