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'Top Chef' Star's Baby Daddy:

I Want Custody!

1/26/2011 1:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The baby daddy of "Top Chef" star Padma Lakshmi has filed legal papers to wrestle custody away from her ... TMZ has learned.

Adam Dell -- brother of the computer king -- filed papers today in a Manhattan court.  Under an out-of-court agreement, Adam has visitation rights to see his 11 month old daughter, Krishna Thea Lakshmi, 9 days a month. 

That agreement, sources say,  is in effect until February 20, when Krishna turns 1.  Both Adam and Padma were discussing a custody arrangement after Krishna's birthday, but the negotiations recently fell apart.

Sources tell us ... Adam is still furious over the name Padma chose for the baby.  We're told two days after Krishna was born, Adam went to the hospital and launched into a 4-hour tirade over the name.

Adam, who had an intermittent relationship with Padma, was also complaining he was only allowed to see the baby 7 hours a week, though sources connected with Padma say she has never denied him a day of visitation.

Sources connected with Padma tell TMZ ... she feels "bullied" by Adam and wants to handle this in private, for the sake of the baby.  We're told Padma -- who is not receiving child support -- has made it clear to Adam she wants nothing to do with him other than raising the baby, and feels this is Adam's way of forcing a relationship.


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Padma's great, love that show.
Check out the kid in this video:

1329 days ago

robert h    

Padma is horrible in that show! What are you talking about? She is like a spokesmodel trying to pretend to know how cooking works. Ugh. And what a terrible name for that baby. I'm with Dell!

1329 days ago


Padma has spent her life going from sugar-daddy to sugar-daddy. She seems shady and underhanded. If she was so concerned over her ex doing nothing but helping raise the kid, you would think she would have worked with him on a name, or at least not picked one that was sure to enrage him. Or maybe given him more than 9 days a month visitation.

1329 days ago


She said when she was pregnant she did not want the father to be a part of her child's life.

He has every right to be in his child's life in spite of her and his child should have his last name.

1329 days ago


Bronx, Apple, Krishna, all these selfish stars kids will be freaks,
never normal children.
I pity them already their future suicide attempts, drug addictions, depressions & misery.

1329 days ago


What the h.ll is going in here? The baby's father didn't marry her, doesn't pay a dime for child support and he wants to have rights????

Hey Dell, Show me the m-o-n-e-y-yyy!!!


1329 days ago


Everyone who gives their child
a trendy name should be forces to change theirs to
a random word pulled from the dictionary
these are children your naming people
not dogs and cats i know common sense
is no longer common but please try.

1329 days ago


When I was watching "the view" today,they had a segment about bristol palin saying about levi that he could give up his parental rights. SERIOUSLY???? Kids need their dads----get over your egotistical self. Two parents that are willing is the greatest blessing to a child.

1329 days ago

Bite ME    

uh yeah, sorry dude, but unless he can proof some sort of abuse, he wont get custody,very unlikely a mother will loose custody, ESP to a baby that young...agree with @NICOLE, not paying for the baby will get the case thrown out

1329 days ago

george clooney    

#9 Mishy....I am sure glad Charles Manson does not read your writings....not every father is the answer. However, this woman jumped around way too much and this guy has done nothing to prove he will abuse the child or be a bad parent. Too bad children are brought into this world without god fearing parents.

1329 days ago

la zingaro    

OMG. Really? Are all of you so uneducated and stupid? Krishna is one of the greatest names EVER. It is one of the most revered names in the world. Krishna is beloved by more people than Jesus. It is NOT a trendy name. God, people don't know what the hell they are talking about. Krishna just happens to be the name of a Hindu deity that has been worshiped for over 7000 years. God, seriously? Shut the hell up. Criminy.

1329 days ago


Umm krishna isn't a trendy name. It's a very common indian name.

1329 days ago


Some of these comments are so ignorant...Krishna is a hindu god. Where's the randomness in that?

1329 days ago


You all are sooo ignorant...Krishna is a hindu god

1329 days ago


To mtc
Maybe you should read the article again. She never said she didn't want him in the child's life. "she wants nothing to do with him other than raising the baby." Wich means she doesn't want a relationship with him other then raising their baby. If your not married and not living together I don't see why the baby should have his last name.

What was she suppose to do about the name. He didn't even come to the hospital until 2 days after she was born. Cry me a river and get over it. Most hospitals require a name for the baby before you leave which the normal stay for after delivery is 2days.

1329 days ago
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