Tristan Thompson has had a setback in his ongoing paternity case with Maralee Nichols, the Texas woman who says he fathered her baby son, as a judge dismissed his attempt to have the case conducted in Houston, as the case will now likely be heard in California.
The 30-year-old NBA player and Nichols, a 31-year-old fitness professional, participated in a virtual hearing on Wednesday, US Weekly reported, as Nichols had filed a suit against Thompson in California this past June, while Thompson filed a suit in Texas against Nichols the following month.
An insider told the publication, ‘Regardless of whether any act of conception occurred in Texas that could have led to the conception of the child, they [allegedly] had a lengthy relationship spanning multiple states.
The latest: Tristan Thompson, 30, had a setback in his ongoing paternity case with Maralee Nichols, the 31-year-old Texas woman who says he fathered her baby son, as a judge dismissed his attempt to have the case conducted in Houston, as the case will now likely be heard in California
‘The child was born in California, the mother resides there and so does Tristan. It would make sense the judge would dismiss this given the facts and the California lawsuit filed prior to the Texas one.’
The paternity battle has centered around if Thompson is the father of the child; and what state the case should be held in, as Nichols formerly resided in Texas, but has since relocated to Los Angeles, where Thompson owns a home.
Thompson is father to son Prince, four, with ex Jordan Craig and daughter True, three, with Khloe Kardashian, 37. Sources told E! News that the Sacramento Kings player and reality star broke things off last summer.
In legal papers, according to the outlet, Nichols – who had the baby earlier this month – told the court that she was planning on having the child in California, where both Craig and Kardashian reside. She said that Thompson wanted the case held in Texas in an effort to ‘save him money ultimately in child support.’
Nichols said in court docs that Thompson wanted the case held in Texas in an effort to ‘save him money ultimately in child support’
Thompson said in court docs that he and Nichols were only affiliated ‘sporadic basis for consensual casual sex’ during a timeframe between December 2020 and March 13, 2021
Thompson said this week in a court declaration that he ‘filed paternity action in Texas because that is the only place where paternity could have taken place.’
He noted that he and Nichols were only affiliated on a ‘sporadic basis for consensual casual sex’ during a timeframe between December 2020 and March 13, 2021, the day he turned 30. Thompson said that he and Nichols had sexual relations at a hotel in Houston on his birthday.
‘I am certain that if the child is deemed to be my child that the only date of conception was March 13, 2021, because it was my birthday,’ he told the court, adding that he and Nichols ‘did not have sexual intercourse in California’ in that time.
Nichols, in her court filing in Los Angeles, asked Thompson compensate her for ‘reasonable expenses of pregnancy and birth,’ noting that he’d already paid for a pair of doctor trips she made.
Nichols asked the court for full legal and physical custody of the child while granting Thompson visitation.
Thompson and ex Khloe Kardashian were snapped in February of 2018 in LA during her pregnancy with True
Thompson told the court in response that while he would acknowledge his ‘responsibilities in the event that there is a finding of paternity,’ he would ‘not be seeking custody or visitation of the child’ if it was determined he’s the father.
Nichols filed legal docs in Texas responding to Thompson that included text messages she said the NBA player had sent her in which he stated he wouldn’t ‘be involved at all’ in the child’s upbringing.
In the texts he allegedly sent, Thompson said, ‘Btw if you think having this baby is gonna make you some money. It’s completely wrong. You are aware that I’m retiring after this season. So in terms of support it will be whatever is required monthly for someone who’s unemployed. It’s texas so it will be only a couple hundred dollars.’
In the texts, Thompson allegedly offered Nichols a one-time sum of $75,000 in lieu of child support.
‘So you better off taking this 75k I’m offering cause you won’t get nothing near that with having a kid with a father who’s unemployed,’ Thompson said. ‘All you will have is a baby with a father who has zero involvement with the child and a few hundred dollars of child support a month.’
Thompson told the court in Los Angeles that the messages, sent via Snapchat, had ‘been fabricated’ by Nichols.