Ex-Fugees member Prakazrel “Pras” Michel was arrested in Manhattan courtroom Monday after he was unable to show he made a court-ordered child support payment.
The 47-year-old musician’s ex-girlfriend, Angela Severiano, says he owes over $125,000 in child support for their 9-year-old son, Landon. Michel didn’t deny the declare throughout a courtroom listening to Jan. 31 and admitted he had solely paid $2,000 on the time.
On the final courtroom listening to, Michel was ordered by Manhattan Household Courtroom Decide Carol Goldstein to make a $20,000 payment towards what he owes and to carry proof of the payment.
Michel got here to courtroom with a monitoring quantity that he mentioned proved a pal mailed a examine on his behalf.
However the monitoring quantity didn’t work, so Goldstein ordered Michel to be cuffed and held on $5,000 pending a courtroom listening to in every week.
“If I didn’t do it, I wouldn’t say it occurred,” Michel mentioned to the choose in regards to the cash being despatched.
“He’s saying it was achieved,” Michel’s lawyer Samuel Feldman added.
“That’s not what I take into account proof. You don’t even know what day it was despatched,” Goldstein mentioned.
“I perceive that your shopper believes that any individual posted the cash. The monitoring quantity doesn’t work. He’s asking for further time. I’ll direct an enterprise of $5,000,” Goldstein mentioned earlier than she had three courtroom officers take Michel into custody.
Afterward outdoors courtroom, Feldman mentioned, “What can I say? He says he made the payment however he didn’t have sufficient proof to fulfill the choose. Hopefully, any individual will ship me additional documentation after which perhaps I’ll advance the case.”
Severiano’s lawyer Robert Wallack mentioned Michel’s “excuses are nonsense and he deserves to sit down in jail till he pays my shopper the greater than $125,000 he owes her.”
Michel has mentioned the one motive he fell behind on the $4,800 month-to-month funds was as a result of the feds seized $74 million of his cash once they slapped him with federal campaign-finance violation expenses.
Michel has maintained his innocence in that case.