Friday, September 10, 2004

Mo Kids, Mo Money, Mo Problems

I know I have poked some fun/complained about P. Diddy in the past (he's still there, by the way), but this time (see story below) I am on his side ... sort of. Sure the money should probably be equal, but I just have to wonder what the amounts of money being discussed even look like. The greed and out-of-touchness with reality are out of control.

To put all this in perspective, one of P. Diddy's baby mommas currently receives $5,000 a month while the other receives $35,000 a month. The one who gets (only) $5,000 now wants a matching check of $35,000. With a little quick figuring (with a calculator) it seems that the $5,000 a month equals $60,000 a year to pay for this child and she needs to increase this amount to $35,000 a month which would bump things up to $420,ooo a year? And that money is just for the child right? Riiiiight.

Just so you know "celebrities," $60,000 is more then "normal" people make in a year for busting their asses at work. As a matter of fact, it is about twice the average salary for the U.S. of A. and at least $10,000 more then average for people in the NY metropolitan area. Something is not right about all that.

If I can scam $420,000 a year for the next (at least) 18 years, I think I might be willing to have P. Diddy's child ... hell, I think I would maybe even do it for $60,000.

From The Associated Press:
Sep 10, 8:18 AM EDT
Combs Says Increase in Child Support Crazy

NEW YORK (AP) -- The baby mama drama just won't stop for P. Diddy. The mogul also known as Sean Combs says he's hurt that the mother of his first child has gone to court to increase his child support payments, claiming that "it's ridiculous to think any of my kids would want for anything."

Combs called The Associated Press on Thursday night to talk about the legal action filed against him by Misa Hylton-Brim, the mother of their 10-year-old son, Justin.
"We've had a great relationship, and then all of the sudden I got hit with a lawsuit for more money," he said.

In August, a Westchester County magistrate ordered Combs to increase his child support from a reported $5,000 per month to about $35,000. That's the same amount he pays to model Kim Porter, the mother of his second child, Christian. Combs and Porter are currently "together."

Hylton-Brim is a fashion stylist for Lil' Kim and other stars. A message left for her attorney after hours was not immediately returned.

But Combs said he has always paid her more than $5,000 per month, a figure he says the pair agreed to years earlier. Combs said he has paid for his son's schooling, medical care, clothes and anything else his child wanted.

"My son goes to the best schools, he has full-time tutors," he said - not to mention the restaurants he named after the boy. "I wouldn't know what else to do to give my son."
Combs, who is appealing the $35,000-per-month ruling, claims Hylton-Brim is only seeking more money because she's in the process of getting a divorce from her husband, with whom she has children.

"It's not about child support, it's about adult support," he said. "I love the mother of my first child. I would never want to do anything to hurt her, but I have to defend the kind of father that I am."

At one point, when Porter and Combs were not together, she also went to court to raise her child support payments, which at the time were a court-ordered $11,000 per month.

Is Hylton-Brim seeking parity with Porter?

"The fact is," Combs said, "that the mother of my first child gets more money than the mother of my second child."

Although Combs likened Hylton-Brim's case to extortion, he said he had no ill feelings against her.

"I'm always going to respect her for being the mother of my child," he said, "but at the same time, that don't mean she has to be right."

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