Nas Pleads Not Guilty to Kelis Contempt Charge

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By: Vibe / February 20, 2010

Nas has pleaded not guilty to a contempt filing from ex-wife Kelis alleging that he owes over $200,000 in child and spousal support.

The proceedings happened this morning (Feb. 19), in response to Kelis’ lawyer filing the motion last month.

In December, Kelis was awarded over $50,000 per month in spousal and child support on the grounds of Nas’ reported annual gross income of $4 million, and her dependence on him for financial stability.

Kelis filed for divorce last April while pregnant with their son, citing irreconcilable differences. The child, named Knight, was born in July, with Nas being refused entry into the delivery room due to intoxication.

Although the split was rumored to be due to infidelity, both parties remained silent on the situation until earlier this month, when a leaked version of the Nas/Damian Marley song “Strong Will Continue” contained lyrics addressing the failed union.

“How in the hell am I supposed to stay comfy /When I pay child support, alimony monthly?…So I’ve stuck with some married women so fine/Cheating while their husband rushing on the 40-yard line / Wonder if this is what my ex did the whole time.”

According to TMZ.com, the contempt hearing has been scheduled for March 10. If found guilty, Nas will face jail time.

At press time, the Queens lyricist’s anticipated collaboration album with Damian Marley (Distant Relatives) is still slated for an April 6 release.