Lamar Sally insists he's NOT trying to hawk naked pics of his soon-to-be-ex Sherri Shepherd ... but tells TMZ if he did have nude pics of her, they might not be getting divorced.
Earlier this week a report came out that Sally had compromising pics of Shepherd and was willing to share them -- for a price -- but Sally tells TMZ that's complete BS.
In fact, he says ... "If Sherri would have been more sexual with me and sent me things like nude pictures, we'd still be married."
Sources close to the ex-couple tell us Sally hasn't heard a word from Shepherd since their surrogate gave birth last month to the baby boy they planned to raise together ... back when they were happily married. We're told the baby is living with Lamar in L.A. and Sherri's never met him.
We're told Sally rejected a $150K settlement offer from Shepherd in their child custody dispute ... because he crunched the numbers. That works out to $694/mo. over 18 years, and according to our sources ... Sally thinks the court will order Sherri to pay more..
I'm Not Done
Fighting for My Kids
8/29/2014 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kelly Rutherford plans on doing what you'd hope any mother would do when faced with losing her kids ... she's going to keep fighting.
As TMZ first reported, Rutherford's two children were ordered to live with their father, Daniel Giersh, who happens to live in France. The "Gossip Girl" star has been fighting to have that order overturned, but lost her latest attempt to do so earlier this month.
When our photog spotted Rutherford at LAX Thursday, she was surprisingly upbeat and vowed the battle's not over as far as she's concerned.
Attempt to Keep Kids in U.S. FAILS
Freaks Out In Court
8/13/2014 2:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kelly Rutherford burst into tears and freaked out after a judge shut down her last ditch effort to keep her kids in the U.S.
Rutherford claimed another judge had illegally awarded custody of her 2 kids to her ex-husband, Daniel Giersch, who lives in France. Rutherford claims the judge effectively deported the kids.
So she was in federal court Wednesday ... asking a judge to step in, but the federal judge said he didn't have the power. Outside the courtroom, Rutherford broke down, saying "My own country won't save my children and I pay taxes!"
The judge gave Rutherford a ray of hope, saying although he didn't have jurisdiction over custody, he would set up a conference call Friday with him, Rutherford and Giersch's lawyer ... to figure out a way for Giersch -- who has immigration issues -- to come back to the U.S. to live.
The clock is ticking ... if the judge's Hail Mary doesn't work ... the kids go to France August 19.
My Kids Have Been Illegally Deported!
8/11/2014 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kelly Rutherford claims her children are being illegally deported by a renegade judge who has ordered them to live with their father in France ... and if things don't change she'll break the law and keep her kids right here in the U.S. of A.
The former star of "Gossip Girl" was in a bitter custody battle with ex-hubby Daniel Giersch. He now lives in France and an L.A. County Superior Court judge ruled he had a right to primary custody of the children -- ages 5 and 7.
In new legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Rutherford claims sending her kids out of the country creates an immigration issue -- and that's beyond the scope of a state judge's power.
Rutherford wants a federal judge to invalidate the state order and give her custody so the children can remain in the U.S.
And the actress says ... if she doesn't win in court her only recourse is to defy the judge and keep her kids. She acknowledges she'll get in trouble but claims that would be her only option.
Sophie B. Hawkins
Damn, I Guess I'm Not Your Lover
8/11/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sophie B. Hawkins is about to become a single mom ... her longtime partner has filed to end their domestic partnership and is giving up custody of their son.
Hawkins -- whose song "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" was a hit in 1992 -- has been in a partnership with her manager, Gigi Gaston since Sept. 2008. According to court docs ... they've been separated for the last year and a half.
In her docs, Gigi says she wants Hawkins to have physical custody of their 5-year-old son, Dashiell ... she's asking for visitation.
Gaston's not looking for a payday ... she didn't ask for spousal support.
My Ex Stole $20K From Me
8/9/2014 10:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sherri Shepherd claims estranged hubby pilfered around $20K from their joint bank account before he split ... and the money could end up as a key piece of evidence in their custody war.
Sources close to the couple tell us Sherri was in the dark until she looked at a recent bank statement and saw the money was gone.
The fired "View" host is disavowing the contract she and Lamar Sally signed with a surrogate on grounds Lamar defrauded Sherri -- that the only reason he wanted the baby was so he could divorce her and collect child support. We're told Sherri will use the $20K withdrawal as proof Lamar was purely money-motivated.
Sources tell us Lamar used the money for baby expenses ... including trips he took to Pennsylvania to be with the surrogate. He also claims Sherri knew full well he took the money out of their joint account.
Lamar has yet to hear from Sherri since the baby was born.
Ex-MGM Mogul Kirk Kerkorian
Wife Loses Bid for $500K a Month
In Horse Expenses!
8/6/2014 2:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-MGM mogul Kirk Kerkorian just scored a knockout punch against his ex-wife Lisa Bonder ... a judge just shut down her request to up monthly child support from $100K to $565K.
It's a spectacular defeat for Bonder, who claimed their 16-year-old daughter Kira needed $491,000 a month just for equestrian expenses. Kira is an accomplished rider who has Olympic aspirations, but apparently the judge found Bonder's request ridiculous.
The judge felt Bonder could make do with $100,000 a month ... which by the way is the largest child support award on record in the U.S.
The judge scoffed at Bonder's request in his written ruling -- obtained by TMZ -- saying, "There is a difference between the 'needs' of a child and the 'wants' of a child."
Here's what's really amazing. Kerkorian and Bonder were married a grand total of 28 days back in 1999 and the child isn't even his ... when he agreed to pay support he didn't know Kira wasn't his biological child.
Kerkorian, who was repped by attorneys Judy Bogen and Joe Mannis, will continue to pay $100K a month.
Sherri Shepherd's Hubby
She Crapped on My Baby Shower
8/2/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Sally got a slew of baby gifts from just about everyone in his life except one person ... the woman who had signed on to be the mother -- Sherri Shepherd.
The baby was due Thursday. It's being carried by a surrogate and Lamar and Sherri were once looking forward to raising the kid together ... until he filed for separation and she filed for divorce. Now she wants a clean break from Lamar and the kid.
Lamar's friends have given him gift cards, baby clothes and lots of stuff for the nursery. Lamar has dropped $5K on a changing station, crib, baby swing and rocking chair. But Sherri has not so much as given him a diaper on which the kid can crap.
Sherri believes Lamar defrauded her into signing on with the surrogate, claiming he always planned on leaving her and this was just a transparent ploy to get child support.
When the baby is born, Lamar says he'll bestow the name he and Sherri picked -- Lamar Jr.
I Have a Dream ...
to Pay More Child Support
8/1/2014 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper Future and his baby mama have reached a new custody deal ... which includes a schedule for Martin Luther King Day.
Future must now pay $2,800 a month in child support for his 11-year-old son -- that's up $1,200 from what he was previously paying. But it won't really cramp his style ... because according to court docs he earns $50K every month.
The new deal -- the result of Future's increased earnings -- lays out a plan for who gets the kid on big holidays, including Thanksgiving, XMAS, the child's birthday and MLK Day.
And there's this ... baby mama Jessica Smith agreed to move to a nicer neighborhood near Atlanta so the child could attend a better school.
Wins Custody Battle
Versus Husband #1
7/22/2014 4:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sherri Shepherd will maintain primary physical custody of her 9-year-old son, despite her ex-husband's claims she's a horrible parent to the child.
Sherri emerged victorious over Jeffrey Tarpley after yesterday's hearing in L.A. County Court -- he was seeking full custody of their son, but was denied by the judge.
TMZ broke the story ... Jeffrey made some horrendous claims about Sherri neglecting Jeffrey Jr. -- including blaming her for the boy not being able to read or tie his shoe laces.
The judge clearly disagreed. In court docs -- obtained by TMZ -- she wrote, "there has not been a material change in circumstances to grant the request."
After court Sherri asked fans to "keep the prayers coming" ... clearly referring to her ongoing battle with estranged husband Lamar Sally.
Keep the prayers coming... Still got more battles - please judge me by my character and not from the tabloids who are having a slow news day— Sherri Shepherd (@SherriEShepherd) July 21, 2014
Anyone Who Knows Me Knows ...
I'm Not a Hypocrite
7/21/2014 1:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sherri Shepherd is scoffing at Lamar Sally calling her a hypocrite in their custody war ... telling us anyone who knows her, knows Lamar is full of BS.
Shepherd was judged today but not by Lamar ... by a real judge in a different custody fight she's having with ex-husband Jeff Tarpley over their nine-year-old son. He now wants full custody.
Sherri was mum about her fight with Sally on the way out ... but when we brought up his questioning of her Christian values ... well she just had to answer.
Sherri Shepherd's Hubby
I'll FORCE You to Be a Mother
7/21/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sherri Shepherd will be sued if she doesn't embrace the child she's having this month via surrogate ... so promises her very angry and determined estranged husband.
We've learned Lamar Sally is already drafting legal docs to prevent Sherri from backing out of the surrogate contract she signed while they were still a couple.
As TMZ first reported ... Sherri claims Lamar defrauded her into signing the contract ... claiming he knew he wanted out of the marriage but wanted to hook her into paying child support. She wants the contract voided on grounds of fraud ... and wash her hands of any parental obligations.
Lamar is calling BS and says he'll fight to put Sherri's John Hancock on the birth certificate ... and if that takes a judge's order, so be it.
We're told Lamar may weave what he believes is Sherri's hypocrisy into the contract, saying on the one hand she professes to be a good Christian and on the other abandoning an innocent child.
But we know Sherri believes Lamar is the true hypocrite ... whose only religious value is ... "The Lord is my shepherd, and the Shepherd is my meal ticket."
It's Not My Kid
I'm Not Paying Child Support
7/5/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sherri Shepherd does not want anything to do with her unborn surrogate baby ... because she believes her estranged husband defrauded her into having the kid in the first place so he could get child support ... this according to multiple sources connected with the couple.
TMZ broke the story ... Sherri and her husband Lamar Sally each separately filed legal docs to end their marriage. The big complication -- a baby will be born this month to a surrogate who signed a contract with Sherri and Lamar.
Now our sources say ... the baby was conceived with Lamar's sperm, but NOT Sherri's egg.
Now here's where it gets tricky. We're told Sherri does not want custody or even to be considered a parent ... because she doesn't want to get stuck with massive child support payments.
Sherri wants a judge to rule she has no parental rights or responsibilities -- which would shut the door to child support. She claims Lamar defrauded her -- that he got her to sign on for a surrogate birth knowing full well he would divorce her and then nail her to the wall for child support.
Our Lamar sources say Sherri tried to get pregnant in vitro and when it didn't work she got deeply involved in the surrogacy process.
Another twist ... Sherri has filed for divorce in New Jersey and Lamar has filed in California. This is not a coincidence. We did some digging, and found New Jersey courts generally do NOT recognize surrogacy agreements, which means Lamar would probably be shut down. Not so in Cali.