Jay-Z Faces Paternity Suit in N.J. Court
The lawsuit — filed in December 2014 in Camden civil court by Lillie Coley, the legal guardian of 21-year-old Rymir Satterthwaite — accuses Jay Z of lying to the court to avoid taking a paternity test. The lawsuit was first reported by the National Enquirer.
Satterthwaite claims his mother hooked up with Jay Z, born Shawn Carter, in the early 1990s — long before the rapper traded Brooklyn’s Marcy Housing Projects for international stages and became a multimillionaire.
The paternity question was first raised at least five years ago when Satterthwaite’s mother tried to force Jay Z to take a paternity test after it was determined that another man was not Satterthwaite’s father, according to the Enquirer report.
New Jersey Superior Court Judge Edward McBride Jr. dismissed the initial case because he lacked jurisdiction.
Coley claims Jay Z and his lawyer Lise Fisher provided “fraudulent” and “false” information to a judge leading to the case being dismissed, according to the Enquirer report.
The lawsuit questioned Jay Z’s permanent place of residence, which he claims is in Manhattan, since he reportedly owns real estate in New Jersey.
Jay Z and his wife, pop icon Beyonce Knowles, are parents to 3-year-old Blue Ivy.