Veronica Lighty,The wife of hip-hop recording producer Chris Lighty, is now speaking out about the brouhaha that has developed since her husband’s death last Thursday morning. There has been talk that Chris might have been driven to taking his own life as a result of constant bickering with his wife and deep financial turmoil–claims which Veronica argue are incorrect, the New York Daily News.
Veronica, interviewed outside of her New York home in The Bronx, tried to defuse any speculation that Chris had been driven to kill himself over an alleged heated argument with her. She told the Daily News that “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 lamented. Veronica then added “That makes absolutely no sense. We had a passionate relationship. We fought all the time.”
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Chris, 44, was found shot to death behind his five-story townhouse in what has been reported as a suicide. There are reports that Chris had been despondent over his wife’s divorce plans and that he was also in debt to the IRS for $5 million. Veronica refutes both allegations.
The mother of two of Chris’ six children contends that she did have plans to divorce her husband last year but they worked out their differences. “I had filed for divorce last year, but retracted it” two days before Father’s Day, she said. “That was my gift to him.”
As far as the financial woes that had been supposedly plaguing the man who worked with superstars such as Mariah Carey, 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes, Veronica says that they had also worked that out, too. “We were not in debt $5 million,” she told the Daily News.
According to Veronica, she and her husband sold an apartment they owned in the exclusive section of Chelsea in Manhattan for $5.6 million, then purchased their current Riverdale town home in The Bronx that was equal in price to the home they unloaded.
The Associated Press however reports that Chris used the proceeds from his Chelsea apartment sale in order to try to settle his whopping IRS bill, but there was still a tab of $330,000 owed in state and federal taxes. The news service also reports that Chris was being legally pursued by a bank for over-drawning an account by $53,584.
Now Veronica, who was married to Chris for ten years and admits that he had “a lot of weight on his shoulders,” just wants the public to put a halt to all of the rumors.
“Let him die proud, at peace because that’s what he needed and that’s what he wanted,” she says. “He just wanted peace and he wanted to relieve all that stress.”