The ongoing court battle between Ne-Yo and his ex-girlfriend Sade Bagnerise has taken a new turn.
Court documents obtained exclusively by RadarOnline show that a Georgia judge has ordered them to attend a mediation conference on or before Sept. 22 in an attempt to resolve their issues before their arguments are heard.
“The appearance and participation of all parties is required at the scheduled mediation session,” the new document states, as cited by Radar.
Ne-Yo, whose real name is Shaffer Smith and has an estimated net worth of $16 million, faces allegations of infidelity with Instagram model Bagnerise during his marriage to Crystal Renay.
Ne-Yo believes he might be the father of Bagnerise’s two children, Braiden Bagnerise and Brixton Smith, but has said publicly he wants to confirm this through a paternity test.
Bagnerise is seeking primary custody of their two children and child support. She has requested temporary and permanent payments and reimbursement for various expenses related to the children, including medical, educational, extracurricular, insurance and other costs.
Ne-Yo is requesting joint physical and legal custody of both children. He’s also asking the court to determine the child support amount and wants to change Braiden’s last name to Smith.
Inside Ne-Yo’s World: Child Support, Taxes, Alimony
In addition to Bagnerise’s children, Ne-Yo has five children with two women, including Isabella Rose, 1, Roman Alexander-Raj, 4, and Shaffer Chimere Jr., 6, with his estranged ex-wife Renay. Then there’s Madilyn Grace Smith, born in November 2010, and a son, Mason Evan Smith, with ex-fiancée Monyetta Shaw, as reported by Hollywood Life.
As Finurah previously reported, Ne-Yo has had a number of legal issues, including IRS tax liens and a divorce settlement. In 2020, he reportedly owed an estimated $3,166,811.68 in taxes and currently has a federal tax lien against him. Additionally, in 2015, it was reported that the singer had almost $12,000 in unpaid property taxes on an Atlanta home that he shared with Shaw.
During Ne-Yo and Renay’s divorce proceedings, where she accused him of having a love child, the court ruled that Ne-Yo had to pay $12,000 a month in child support for their three children, cover their school expenses, award Renay $1.6 million, provide $150,000 for her new car, give her one of his properties and offer $20,000 to assist her relocation.
The two agreed to share joint custody of their children.