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.
'Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta' Star
I Got Coke and Pot Problems Too
6/24/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star Stevie J thought his only legal woe was back child support during a court appearance Monday ... but his problems now include weed and coke.
Stevie was in court in Manhattan to surrender on charges he owes his baby mama more than a million dollars in back child support.
It should have been simple ... post the $25,000 and then walk out. Turns out Stevie was drug tested when he was picked up in Atlanta earlier this month and he flunked bad.
So the judge allowed Stevie to post bail ... but added a condition that he submit to random drug testing.
Kids and drugs ... they're such nagging problems.
'JAG' Star Zoe McLellan
My Loser Husband Wants Custody
To Get My TV Money
6/17/2014 12:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Zoe McClellan says she just learned a hard lesson about success ... sometimes your ex will come
after you with a vengeance, especially when money is on the line.
Zoe just signed on as the new star of "NCIS: New Orleans." According to legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- she'll be raking in $45K an episode.
Zoe's hubby, J.P. Gillain -- a struggling actor -- just filed for divorce, and she doesn't think it's coincidental. J.P. is asking for joint custody, and she suggests a motivating factor is that he wants child support.
Zoe is also incredulous ... because she goes on and on in the docs saying J.P. has never been a hands-on dad, to the point where he doesn't know how to put their 18-month-old Sebastian to sleep.
Zoe used to be rolling in dough, starring in "JAG" for years. But when the show went off the air she couldn't get an acting job -- she was a life coach and J.P. waited tables.
Zoe wants to move to New Orleans to shoot the show, and she's now asking the judge for an emergency order giving her temporary full custody, but J.P. strongly objects.
There's a hearing today and the judge will have to decide. If the ruling goes against Zoe, she'll have to make a true Sophie's choice -- the show or her kid.
Baby Mama's Just After My Money
Denies Alleged Beating
6/17/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The-Dream maintains he never laid a hand on his baby mama ... and this weekend hinted she was only making brutal accusations against him in order to get paid.
We broke the story ... The-Dream is being accused of punching, kicking and strangling his ex-girlfriend ... when she was pregnant with his child. TMZ even obtained photos of her alleged injuries.
Outside Mr. Chow on Sunday night, the R&B star reiterated his innocence, but this time made a remark about people always gunning for his money ... clearly directed at the baby mama.
Sounds like Dream plans to fight this in court and not with his checkbook.
Melanie & Antonio Divorce
She Wants Custody
... of the Dogs!
6/15/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Melanie Griffith thinks she's a better parent than Antonio Banderas -- a dog parent, that is -- and she's dead set on getting custody of their three dogs in the divorce ... TMZ has learned.
As TMZ first reported, Griffith filed for divorce on June 6 after 18 years of marriage to Banderas.
Child custody won't be an issue -- their daughter turns 18 in September -- but sources close to Griffith tell TMZ she is angling for custody of their three dogs. The former couple has one terrier mix and two shepherd lab mixes they adopted last February.
Our sources say Melanie is the better dog owner between herself and Antonio ... and the pooches mean the world to her.
Sherri Shepherd & Lamar Sally
Shut Up About Your Surrogate
... Judge's Orders
6/13/2014 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sherri Shepherd can keep talking for a living about anything she wants ... except the identity and location of the woman who is carrying her baby ... so a judge ordered today.
Shepherd was a no-show in court today, but her estranged husband Lamar Sally was there to argue that their entire divorce should be sealed. The judge did not rule on the case as a whole, but did order both sides to stop talking about their surrogate -- either her identity or location.
As we first reported ... Lamar is concerned a publicity crush at the hospital will endanger the baby.
Nonetheless, he has revealed the due date is July 28.
Zip it, Lamar.
Ordered to DOUBLE Child Support
6/13/2014 9:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Marc Anthony has been ordered to pay ex-wife Dayanara Torres more than $26,000 in child support ... more than twice what he was paying but WAY less than she wanted.
TMZ broke the story ... Torres claimed she was living a peasant lifestyle with her $13K a month in child support for their 2 kids ... and wanted it upped to $113,000.
A judge just ruled ... Anthony must now pay Torres $26,800 a month. She also gets an increase in her yearly vacation allowance -- from $6K to 12K.
In the order the judge notes Anthony raked in more than $600,000 A MONTH in 2014. Now get this ... he's making LESS than he did previously, when he pulled in more than $12 MIL a year.
And this is interesting ... Anthony has been giving $25,000 a month to charity in 2014. Now that's what he roughly has to pay Torres.
As they say ... charity begins at home.
Socked with HUGE
Child Support Payment
6/9/2014 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Halle Berry's checkbook is about to get a workout ... she's going to start paying baby daddy Gabriel Aubry $16,000/month in child support -- which comes to almost $200K a year.
A judge signed off on a settlement involving their custody dispute over 6-year-old Nahla.
L.A. Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon also ordered Berry to pay Aubry a retroactive payment of $115,000. And get this ... she also has to pay him $300,000 in attorney's fees.
Who knew ... lawyers are more expensive than kids.
Loses Custody of Kids
6/9/2014 9:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Master P just lost custody of his 4 kids ... because he didn't bother showing up in court.
Sonya Miller was just awarded sole physical and legal custody of 13-year-old Hercy, 9-year-old Mercy, 17-year-old Tytyana and 14-year-old Italy.
The divorce battle has become epic, with Sonya claiming she's been left destitute even though the couple amassed a $200 million fortune. Master P claims he won't enable his wife with money until she gets off drugs and booze.
Master P didn't respond to Sonya's legal docs, so Monday morning the judge came down on him with a vengeance.
Master P was required to pay Sonya's $75K legal bill, which includes sanctions for not showing up.
Jason Patric's Baby Mama
He Called Me 'Jew C**t' & 'Jew Lawyer'
And Beat Me with a Phone
5/29/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
9:10 AM PT -- Danielle's attorney Patty Glaser is now responding, telling TMZ, "Mr. Patric's reprehensible physical abuse and anti-Semitic remarks date back as far as 2005. Unfortunately, victims of domestic violence ask themselves all the time why they maintained relationships with the abuser and when they realize what happened no longer tolerate it."
She adds, "The fact that the domestic violence restraining order was issued after a family court judge heard Ms. Schreiber's and Mr. Patric's testimony speaks for itself."
Jason Patric repeatedly called his baby mama "Jew c**t" and "Ms. Jew Lawyer" ... this according to the baby mama herself.
You probably know ... Jason has made a cause celeb out of the fact that a quirk in the law prohibited him from having a relationship with son -- Gus, now 4, was born via in vitro fertilization with the help of a doctor ... and under California law since Jason wasn't married to the mother he had no right.
Jason appealed for public sympathy and enlisted the help of a number of celebs. An appeals court has just given him a shot at winning some custody.
But baby mama Danielle Schreiber sees Jason as anything BUT sympathetic. In legal docs filed with the court and reviewed by TMZ ... she claims Jason was a monster, slamming her head into a wall and hitting her in the face with a telephone receiver.
And she says he was awful to her, regularly referring to her as ""Jew C**t" and "Ms. C**t Schreiber." She says Jason's anti-Semitism continued when he went to their son's preschool, and in front of everyone ... called her "Ms. Jew Lawyer" and "Ms. Jew Schreiber." She says he also accused her of being "c**tish" -- in front of everyone.
Schreiber got a restraining order in November, prohibiting him from contacting or harassing her.
For Patric's part, his lawyer, Fred Silberberg, calls the allegations "categorically untrue." He tells us, "These disclosures are a last gasp attempt at disparaging Gus’ father ... [They] are desperate comments from a desperate woman."
The lawyer adds, "If Ms. Schreiber is telling the truth, which she is not, then she should explain how it is that she chose to have a child with Mr. Patric, why she engaged in years of fertility treatments with him, lived with mr. Patric ... [and] maintained a relationship with [him] for over 10 years."
Disney Star Tiffany Thornton
I'll Return The Kids
When My Husband Sobers Up
5/24/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Disney star Tiffany Thornton says she'll come out of hiding -- and bring her two kids home -- but first, her husband has to get sober, TMZ has learned.
Ruth Carney -- mother of Tiffany's husband Chris Carney -- tells us she helped Tiffany run away to escape Chris' alcohol habit ... but she says everyone's calmed down now and they're actually trying to work things out.
We broke the story ... Chris filed a police report Thursday accusing Tiffany of child stealing ... after she took their 2 boys to Texas. Chris has denied he has a drinking problem.
Ruth adds ... Tiffany and Chris are talking on the phone, but Tiffany's still bitter because she thinks he complicated a private family matter by calling cops.
My Hubby's a Drunk
Just Ask His Mom
5/23/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Disney star Tiffany Thornton did NOT abduct her two baby sons -- she ran away to protect them from their alcoholic dad ... his own mother tells TMZ.
Musician Chris Carney filed a child stealing report with cops, alleging "The Sonny With A Chance" star abducted their 3-month old and 20-month old boys with the help of his mom, Ruth Carney.
Ruth tells us ... her son has a big drinking problem and recently went to rehab. She says he relapsed recently and "went crazy."
Ruth -- who is the mayor of Hot Springs, Arkansas -- was in L.A. to help Tiffany with the baby, and says when she saw her son acting crazy and drunk, she took Tiffany and the kids and hightailed it out of town to the home of Tiffany's parents in Texas.
Ruth claims Chris knew exactly what was going on during the entire drive, because Tiffany FaceTimed with him daily. She says he was upset.
Chris tells us ... he's not an alcoholic, but rather a social drinker. He says his mom simply freaked out when she saw a beer in the fridge.
In Chris' view his mom is anything but nurturing, calling her an accessory to a felony.
Husband Warns ...
You Better Not Miss Our Baby's Birth!
5/22/2014 7:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sherri Shepherd's estranged husband is upping the ante on the drama over his unborn child ... warning Sherri a gig she's booked -- NINE DAYS BEFORE the baby's due date -- is cutting it too close ... and he's pissed.
TMZ has learned Lamar Sally is outraged Sherri is scheduled to perform July 19 at a gospel fest in Virginia. Their surrogate is due to give birth on July 28 ... in Pennsylvania.
According to sources connected with the couple ... Lamar is telling Sherri missing the birth would be an unforgivable sin -- especially because it's HIS first child.
Seems a little dramatic ... considering the NINE day gap between dates -- and also the journey from VA to PA takes at most a few hours ... by plane, train or automobile.