Up to and after the birth of her now 11-month-old daughter Krishna, Padma Lakshmi did not reveal the identity of the child’s father.
Now Krishna’s dad, venture capitalist Adam Dell, says he has no choice but to take Lakshmi to court to gain reasonable access to his daughter. Dell says that Lakshmi only allows him seven hours a week with Krishna, and refuses to work out a “reasonable co-parenting” schedule to permit him more time with the baby. According to Dell’s lawyer Bill Zabel, court is a last resort:
“Unfortunately, Ms. Lakshmi has severely limited his time with their daughter and has refused to negotiate a reasonable co-parenting agreement. Mr. Dell has tried his best to avoid going to court, but Mrs. Lakshmi has given him no other choice at this time,” Zabel said.
According to Zabel, Dell has been forced to accommodate Lakshmi’s busy schedule in order to see his daughter, even having to fly off to the Bahamas in at least one instance to see her. Dell also seeks acknowledgement on Krishna’s birth certificate, as well as a shared last name for the child.