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Ludacris ordered to pay up in child support battle

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Feb 20, 2014 | 11:53am EST

Rapper/actor Ludacris has been ordered to pay $7,000 (£4,375)-a-month to the mother of his baby daughter after attempting to plead poverty to limit the amount of child support he would have hand over. The Area Codes hitmaker, real name Christopher Bridges, became a father for a second time on 9 December (13), when former lover Tamika Fuller gave birth to little Cai. She filed papers for financial support, asking for a monthly cheque of $15,000 (£9,375) to care for the newborn, but Ludacris challenged the claim, insisting he could not afford to pay that much. Last month (Jan14), he requested a Georgia judge cap his child support liabilities to a maximum of $1,800 (£1,125) a month, blaming the stalled production of Fast & Furious 7, which has been on hold since the death of star Paul Walker in November (13), for affecting his cashflow. He also claimed to only have made $55,000 (£34,375) in 2013, reports TMZ.com. The case returned to court on Wednesday (19Feb14), when a judge ruled against Ludacris, although he refused to grant the full amount demanded by Fuller. Instead, he decided to temporarily award Fuller $7,000-a-month, which will be reviewed once all of the financial documents have been assessed. Ludacris isn't the only Fast & Furious castmember to be embroiled in custody and child support issues - Tyrese Gibson is also fighting his ex-wife Norma over visitation with their daughter Shayla.

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