Back in 2010, Mathew Knowles tried to buy Taqoya Branscomb’s silence with $225,000, after she told him she was pregnant with their now five-year-old daughter. Branscomb was a friend of Mathew’s daughter Solange, and at the time, Mathew was still married to Tina Knowles. Branscomb sued for paternity in 2014 and it was established in a Houston court that Mathew was indeed the father.
According to Bossip, a Houston family court judge has ripped Knowles for giving Branscomb the $225,000 “hush money” payment to persuade her from dragging him into court for child support. The judge sided with Branscomb and ordered for Knowles’ wages to be garnished to pay her $70,822 in total for back child support plus interest, alongside $1,496 a month in regular child support. Mathew also has to pay for the child’s health insurance as well as $50,000 in Branscomb’s attorney fees. Branscomb was rewarded sole custody.
Mathew claimed he was too broke to pay back child support, and feels that he shouldn’t have to pay because he already paid Branscomb the $225,000. He also believes he’s not responsible for back child support from when the child was a baby, because he paid for Branscomb to have an abortion and was under the assumption that she did so, until he met with her shortly after the baby was born.
The judge isn’t buying Mathew’s excuse, and believes Mathew is a deadbeat dad. He’s set to make a permanent ruling next week.