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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.

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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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61.

Mary    

Whether it's a trendy name or not, the father SHOULD have had input on what to name the child. If he isn't paying child support it was probably her choice thinking if he didn't pay it he wouldn't have any rights to the child which seems to be what she wants. Think of the child and not yourself!!! It's better that she has her father involved in her life. You should have thought about this before getting pregnant especially with someone you weren't have a serious relationship with. You should have gone to the sperm bank if you didn't want the father involved. Don't punish the child because of your stupidity.

1344 days ago
62.

Ashley    

She has endometriosis. She wasn't supposed to be able to GET pregnant in the first place, so all you people knocking her for not using protection can shove that. At least she has the money to care for the baby, not like some mothers on welfare. He wasn't there when the child was born. HE SHOWED UP 2 DAYS LATER. Too bad so sad. He wanted a say in the name, he should've been at the birth to CALMLY discuss a name. She doesn't want child support, she gives him visitation. And as for him bitching about only having 9 days a month, HE AGREED TO IT IN THE FIRST PLACE. He didn't have to agree to 9 days a month, he could've asked her for more when they were hammering out an agreement out of court. Please this guy sounds like a tool.

1344 days ago
63.

lbc    

SHE HAS EVERY RIGHT TO NAME HER BABY WHAT SHE WANTS, AFTER ALL SHE IS THE ONE CARRYING THE CHILD. THE BABYS FARTHER HAS NOT EVEN PAID CHILD SUPPORT TOO BAD FOR HIM! THE GUY IS A TOTAL LOSER IF HE CARED SO MUSH HE WOULD PAY UP, HE IS JUST TRYING TO BE PART OF THE CHILDS LIFE SO HE CAN CASH IN ON PADMAS SUCCESS.
WHO CARES THAT PADMA HAS DATED SUGAR DADDYS SHE IS BEAUTIFUL!! STOP HATING ON HER SUCCESS AND FIND YOUR OWN IN LIFE, PEOPLE ARE SO JEALOUS GET A LIFE!!

1344 days ago
64.

Quinn    

It's not that Krishna is a Hindu God it's about the fact that the woman didn't give the father a say in the name. Not to mention she probably saw her pregnancy as a payday.

1344 days ago
65.

Sonja    

She can name the child what she wants, the 'dad' sounds like he wasn't around anyway, he doesn't pay child support and he is being a bully. I hope he gets nothing and IF this goes to court I hope the judge makes him pay child support whether she wants it or not, put it in a trust fund or something for the little girl. And to poster #5 why the hell should that baby have the fathers last name? He didn't marry the mother? sounds like he wasn't around most of the time for the pregnancy, and he doesn't' pay child support.. it's not a 'sperm' right that the child has to have his last name you idiot.

1344 days ago
66.

HarlotO'Hara    

bless the baby's heart. i feel sorry for krishna the he has padma and a dell for parents.

1344 days ago
67.

patty    

She is such a selfish witch. That name is as ugly as Padma. I hope Adam goes after her big time. If she didn't want a father for her baby, she should of just gone out to a sperm clinic.

1344 days ago
68.

Jenny    

My god once again you people need to read the article. Their is already an agreement in place until her first birthday. She does want him in their duaghter's life she just doesn't want a relationship with him. In the agreement he gets the baby 9 days a month. Do you guys not relize that's alot more then most dads get. It's normaly every other weekend, wich would be 4 days a month. They were starting to come up with another agreement for after she turns one but it fell through. You guys need some serious reading skills.

1344 days ago
69.

Alexa    

She's not getting child support for her daughter? Is she INSANE? The child is entitled to support and even though Padma has the means to support her, the father needs to pitch in and perhaps set up a trust fund for her. Unbelievable...what an idiot!

1344 days ago
70.

Caring Kate    

Hmm. Dell isn't paying child support. Obviously he wasn't "there" for the mother of his child when she was pregnant because she can't stand the man. Poor guy. He comes off as having no real people skills and appears as the quintessential clueless and literally spoiled rotten guy.

1344 days ago
71.

Canadian    

It sounds like some people on here are feeling sorry for Adam Dell. Personally i don't feel sorry for him, if what he says is true that she did not honor the agreement they had set out... he knows how to go about getting the agreement enforced. He also knows that he by law should be paying child support... that is law in the United States as well as Canada. He also knows that by law she had no obligation to give the baby his name, or have to consult him on names. They were not married.

The one thing I have noticed on here that is a missing factor in all of these posts.... is what Adam Dell did for a living! He is a lawyer... albiet a Corporate Lawyer, but he took a smidge of Family law in his first year of law school! He knows the laws, and he knows his rights, and he will be held to a higher standard than your average father/ mother. He might be a Venture Capitalist now, but he is still an educated lawyer

Just saying...

1344 days ago
72.

Gina    

What's wrong with that name????

1344 days ago
73.

alyssa    

who gives a crap what kind of name Krishna is. At the end of the day, the poor kid has to grow up with that fugly name and there is nothing worse than being tortured with a weird name.

1344 days ago
74.

nightclubbing    

padma's kind of a bitch i don't feel bad for her at all

1344 days ago
75.

CarolynAB    

Hello, did Mr. Dell not realize that his lover was an East Indian?
She gave her baby a fine traditional name--from HER tradition.

Dude, get a CLUE.

1344 days ago
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