Mathew Knowles should definitely think twice before he decides to father another child and try to keep it a secret.
According to a Houston family court judge, Mathew tried to give baby mama TaQoya Branscomb $225,000 in “hush money” upon learning he fathered her now five-year-old daughter.
“Mr. Knowles knew of his paternity in September 2009 and clearly sought to avoid the establishment of a support obligation based primarily on the tolling agreement and the payment of monies pursuant to said agreement, which the court can only reasonably conclude was hush money,” Judge David D. Farr wrote as part of his ruling in Harris County District Court.
The baby girl Koi was born in 2010 before Mathew and Tina Knowles got divorced. TaQoya sued Mathew for paternity in 2014 in what’s been a rather messy battle.
In a ruling last month, the judge sided with Branscomb, ordering Knowles’ wages garnished to pay her $70,822 in back child support plus interest, along with $1,496 a month in regular child support. Knowles is also now responsible for the child’s health insurance as well as $50,000 in Branscomb’s attorney fees.
Judge Farr awarded Branscomb sole custody of their daughter, and blasted Knowles for turning his back on his own flesh and blood.
“The court notes that Mr. Knowles has zero interest, and in this court’s consideration on the evidence, zero capability of being a positive role model in the child’s life,” Judge Farr wrote.
Mathew defended his actions by saying he’s too broke to pay back child support because he already gave TaQoya the $225,000 in hush money. He also argued that he’s not responsible for child support because he paid for her to have an abortion — but she never did.
The judge ruled in favor of the mother.
“By way of findings to the issue of retroactive child support,” Judge Farr wrote, “the court notes that it has considerable doubts concerning the veracity and credibility of Mr. Knowles’ testimony based on numerous observations at trial.”