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Padma Lakshmi Faces Custody Battle

January 26th, 2011 10:26am EST

Padma Lakshmi Model-turned-TV host Padma Lakshmi is facing a custody challenge from the reported father of her child.

Venture capitalist Adam Dell, whose brother is computer magnate Michael Dell, filed papers in a New York court on Tuesday demanding visitation rights to see Lakshmi's 11-month-old daughter, Krishna Thea.

According to TMZ.com, Dell is currently allowed to see the tot nine days a month as part of an unofficial deal in place until February 20th when the little girl turns 12 months old.

The Indian-born model and actress, who has never confirmed the child's paternity, is said to have attempted to make a new custody agreement with Dell but their negotiations fell through.

The Top Chef presenter, who divorced famed author Salman Rushdie in 2007, went public with her romance with U.S. billionaire Teddy Forstmann in May.

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