Wednesday, September 5
Hip Hop Vet Chris Lighty's Ex- Wife Disputes Claims of Argument Before Suicide!
In an emotional interview outside her Riverdale townhouse, Veronica Lighty blasted reports that her husband killed himself over an argument with her.
“My husband was too smart of a man. He was a genius. No smart man is going to leave his children for fighting with his wife,” she told the Daily News in her first public comments since the founder and chief of Violator Management took his life Thursday morning. “That makes absolutely no sense.
“We had a passionate relationship. We fought all the time,” she added.
Lighty, 44, the father of six children, shot himself to death behind his five-story townhouse.
Reports suggested Lighty — the longtime manager who worked with the likes of Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Diddy and Ja Rule — owed $5 million to the IRS and was heartbroken over his wife filing for divorce.
But Veronica Lighty, the mother of two of the hip-hop star’s children, said she and her husband had worked out their financial difficulties and that they were not getting a divorce.
“I had filed for divorce last year, but retracted it” two days before Father’s Day, she said. “That was my gift to him.”
She also noted that they had sold their Chelsea apartment for $5.6 million and moved to an equally luxurious Riverdale townhouse.
“We were not in debt $5 million,” she said.
The Associated Press reported Friday that Lighty had used the proceeds from the sale of the Chelsea apartment to pay off most of the IRS debt. But he still owed more than $330,000 in state and federal taxes, the AP reported.
And a bank sued him in April for being overdrawn by $53,584, the AP reported.
His widow would only say, “Chris had a lot of weight on his shoulders.”
The couple had been married for 10 years.
“My husband was obsessed and adored me,” she said. “He was one of the most beautiful people that I have ever met in my life.
“Let him die proud, at peace because that’s what he needed and that’s what he wanted,” she added. “He just wanted peace and he wanted to relieve all that stress.”