Tyrese to pay $650,000 to ex-wife and attorney in child custody hearing


April 26, 2023

Tyrese was ordered to pay approximately $650,000 in child support and legal fees in the actor’s custody battle hearing.

TMZ reports that Tyrese appeared in a Fulton County court Tuesday where a judge ruled the actor should pay his ex-wife Samantha Lee Gibson $237,944 and $399,000 to Samantha’s attorney.

Back in August, Tyrese refused to pay his ex $10,000 a month because he thought the amount was “excessive.”

“He claims that Samantha doesn’t need that much because she’s making good money herself,” notes TMZ. The Fast & Furious actor has also claimed the judge was racist towards him.

Despite the judge’s decision, TMZ notes that Tyrese’s attorney, Tanya Mitchell Graham, says her client plans to appeal the verdict and file a motion for a new trial. Graham also said Tyrese doesn’t have to pay his ex-wife until May 15, although she believes the due date could be pushed further once she appeals. The $237,000 that Tyrese owes Samantha represents money he owes for child support plus interest.

He also has to raise $17,000 for the special master used, a role that TMZ calls “a type of arbitrator appointed by the judge to handle minor disputes during the case.” If this is viewed as a separate fee, the total amounts to just under $654,000. If it’s any part of the totals above, Tyrese is on the hook for $636,944.

The news comes a month after Tyrese opened up about a false money claim linked to Will Smith. Gibson said in 2017 that Will owed him $5 million to cover legal fees in his custody battle with ex-wife Norma Mitchell. After Will and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith denied the claims to TMZ.

Tyrese shed light on the story in an interview on Sway’s Universe back in March. According to Gibson, he discussed the loan with Smith, which he conjured up while taking the antidepressant Rexulti.

“If you put some shit like Rexulti in my system, it’s going to have the worst side effects ever,” Tyrese Sway said at the 38:20 mark of the following video. “So I’m talking online about Will Smith giving me $5 million. I never spoke to Will Smith and I still haven’t recovered from the damage I caused him and his family. They don’t deserve their calls.”

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