Laura Mendoza Govan
February 5, 2011 by staff
Laura Mendoza Govan, (AP) – Orlando guard Gilbert Arenas was served with child support and custody documents when leaving the court during halftime of the loss of magic in Miami Thursday night. Court documents obtained by The Associated Press, were a petition filed by California Laura Mendoza Govan. She identified herself as his ex-girlfriend in the documents. The petition seeks the support and childcare for three children’s father Govan said Arenas had been “cut off financially.” It is also seeking support for another child to be born, as well as monthly support for other children.
In the petition, she is looking and 109,000 in monthly support payments to the Arenas and 1.3 million per year.
Govan could not be reached for comment.
A hearing in the matter was set for March 8 in Los Angeles. Orlando plays at Sacramento on March 9.
“All I say is a reaction to something I did,” Arenas said after the Magic 110-92 victory at Washington on Friday. “She has been served, so now it means something to TV is all it is. I do not mind her. My lawyer told me that I could take it … because it’s simply reactions to the reactions. ”
He said the Govan served with the petition did not surprise him. He also disputed her contention that he did not financially support.
“I do not pay much attention because it is what it is as a person,” he said. “It’s sad that it should be in the public eye. It receives money. I mean when a girl calls and 100,000 per month and you say no, this does not mean you’re off. You are still being 20. … This is the only thing that bothers me. She told the world she is not making money. She gets to 20,000 per month. ”
Arenas lawyer, Lisa Fishberg Schertler & Onorato in Washington, said in a written statement, “This is a private matter involving young children. It is inappropriate for Ms. Govan and her lawyers to try to turn it into a public spectacle. Gilbert Arenas has been extremely generous pay monthly alimony voluntarily. The accusation that they were “cut off financially” has no basis in reality. ”
Govan states in the documents it had Arenas and a nine-year relationship, which includes a commitment in September 2008. The documents also indicate that they have lived together in a pair of houses belonging to Arenas in Virginia while playing with the Wizards.
Govan is a native of California and the documents that she is back on the West Coast and she and the children live in a budget hotel.
She claims in her petition that during her relationship Arenas kicked out of the house several times. Arenas said she cut off contact with her and the child in early December, shortly before he was traded to the magic and moved to Florida.
AP freelance writer Tim Hipps in Washington contributed to this report.
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