Tyrese Gibson was ordered to pay more than $10,000 a month in child support.
The judgment was announced Tuesday at a hearing in Fulton County, Georgia. Tyrese is currently going through a divorce from his ex-wife Samantha Lee Gibson, with whom he shares a 3-year-old daughter named Soraya Lee. As seen in the video posted by TMZ, the hearing became tense after Samantha’s attorney claimed Tyrese made $2 million in 2018 and asked how that tallied with his claim that he had known financial difficulties.
“Sir, I’m asking you, because I don’t do the CFO thing,” Tyrese fired back at the attorney the minute below. He added “here’s a question for you smart person” before being interrupted by Judge Kevin M. Farmer, who scolded the Fast and Furious star for his behavior.
“No. Hey, that’s enough. …If you do it again, I’m going to despise you. You don’t ask any questions!” we see the judge say in a high voice. “That’s not how it works!”
According to the outlet, Tyrese is to pay Samantha $10,690 a month in child support and will split childcare and school costs. He is also required to maintain his health insurance policy. Tyrese also reportedly paid $10,690 a month in child support to his ex-wife Norma Mitchel; the two share 15-year-old daughter Shayla, who lives in California.
“It’s not a punishment for you,” Judge Farmer told Tyrese. “Put that money where it belongs, in the kid. … I want you both to love your child, and I want you both to tell your child to love the other parent, because that’s how we get successful human beings. No one has won here and no one has lost. The child lost, because she didn’t have her parents together. Minimize the effects of this loss. Minimize it in every way, shape and form you can.
TMZ reports that the child support payments were also backdated to 2020, when Samantha filed for divorce. The judge reduced the lump sum from $209,000 to $169,000 because Tyrese has been making Samantha’s car payments for two years. He also declared Tyrese and Samantha legally single and denied child support for either party.