More custody troubles in Hollywood. Adam Dell, the father of Top Chef star Padma Lakshmi‘s 11-month-old daughter Krishna, filed legal papers in Manhattan yesterday (Jan. 25) in an attempt to get custody of the little girl.
According to TMZ, Adam, the brother of the computer king Michael Dell, is under an out-of-court agreement with Padma, which says he has visitation rights to see Krishna nine days per month. The agreement is in effect until Feb. 20, which is Krishna’s first birthday. Although the parents were talking about a new arrangement for after her birthday, negotiations fell through and now Adam is on the custody war path.
In a statement his lawyer, Bill Zabel, tells Page Six, “Adam Dell, above all else, wants to have active and substantial role in the upbringing of his daughter with Padma Lakshmi. Unfortunately, Ms. Lakshmi has severely limited his time with their daughter and has refused to negotiate a reasonable co-parenting agreement. Mr. Dell has tried his best to avoid going to court, but Ms. Lakshmi has given him no other choice at this time.”
And aside from the custody battle, Adam is continuing an unnecessary debate of Krishna’s name. Sources tell TMZ that Adam is still furious over the name Padma chose for their daughter. He argued with her for over four hours just two days after the baby was born! HollyMoms, do you think he has a right to be upset about the little girl’s name.
Adam, who had an on again off again relationship with Padma, is angry that he only gets to spend seven hours a week with Krishna. Although, sources close to the Top Chef host say he’s not being honest and insist that she never denies him visitation. Insiders say Padma, who does not receive child support from Adam, is feeling “bullied” by him and would much rather handle this matter in private, for the sake of their little girl. She feels that this is his way of forcing a relationship when all she wants is what is best for Krishna.
We hope they can put their differences aside and come to an agreement for the sake of sweet little Krishna.