Padma Lakshmi & Adam Dell Settle Custody Dispute
MARCH 15, 2012
Hoping he's not the Father
"Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi is treating her baby's dad like a bottom feeder, subjecting him to taunts and insults while cutting him out of their daughter's life, explosive court papers charge.
In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, venture capitalist Adam Dell says the TV temptress told him that she hoped he wasn't little Krishna's father -- and banned him from the hospital when she was born after she found out he was.
|Adam Dell and Padma Lakshmi (Hoping he's not the Father)|
"Among other things, she told him she found him to be an 'unambitious' man with an 'uninteresting' career and equally 'unmemorable' friends," the suit says.
She later explained that one of the reasons she was so hostile to him was that she was pregnant -- and she was really hoping he wasn't the father.
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DNA tests taken while Lakshmi was still pregnant, however, showed Dell was the dad, the suit says. He told her he wanted her name to include "Dell," and tried to discuss how they'd raise her together, but was blown off, the suit says.
The girl was born on Feb. 22, 2010, and three days later, Lakshmi's lawyer told Dell's attorney she wanted "no contact with [him] whatsoever."
He later learned that he'd been left off her birth certificate, and the food fox had "unilaterally declared 'Lakshmi' to be Krishna's family name, made no reference at all to 'Dell,'" and "referenced Forstmann ceremonially via the middle name 'Thea,' the feminine form of Forstmann's first name, Theodore."
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The fed-up Dell isn't going anywhere -- he's suing for full custody, to get Krishna's name changed and to have his name added to the birth certificate. He contends he can give their daughter a more stable home, and noted that Lakshmi has been dragging the tot around the world for her work. Dell said he was forced to go to the Bahamas to see the girl earlier this month.
A source close to Lakshmi said she was surprised that no efforts were made to keep the dispute private, and that it's "irresponsible" to make such allegations public.
Her rep said "It appears to us that Mr. Dell remains more interested in garnering media attention than working out details to see Krishna or in her welfare."
Dell's lawyer, Bill Zabel, told Page Six that his client just "wants to have an 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."
The 2-year custody battle between Padma Lakshmi and Adam Dell has finally been resolved.
|Padma Lakshmi and Krishna Dell|
Lakshmi, who was in a relationship with the late businessman Teddy Forstmann, remained mum on the identity of her baby’s father. Dell’s lawsuit cited a DNA test that proved he was the father.
According to Thursday’s New York Post, Dell has succeeded in being recognized as Krishna’s father, and now the 2-year-old child will carry his famous last name.
Their daughter’s full name will now be Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell. “Padma basically said it was fine to add his name, but she retains all decision-making power, which is really what matters most to her,” a source close to Lakshmi tells media. “She makes all the decisions on education, health, everything.”
Dell and Lakshmi, who settled out of court, also came to a compromise on custody and visitation rights.
“Having her daughter spend time with her father was never a big issue for her,” the source says of Lakshmi. In regards to visitation, “she gave a little more time because as the child gets older, it’s normal to give more.”
“It’s been very difficult for her,” the source continues. “She’s happy that its over, that it was settled out of court and that nobody won or lost.”