Comedian Chris Rock’s ex-wife, Malaak Compton-Rock, today denied reports she is being investigated for illegally housing a child in the US.
In a new statement released by her lawyer, David Aronson, Compton-Rock, 46, maintains that Ntombi, 7, is in the U.S. legally and with the consent of her birth parents in South Africa.
The statement given to People.com said: “The tabloid reports are false and outrageous.
“Malaak has never been contacted about an investigation of any sort.
“The welfare and livelihood of this child has always been of utmost importance to the entire Rock family.
“She is in the United States lawfully with the written consent of her biological parents, with whom she continues to have contact.
“While Malaak has made strides in the adoption, she understands that intercountry adoption is a long and rigorous process, with checks and balances in both countries essential for the protection of children. Malaak again appeals for the privacy of her family.”
Ntombi had been part of Rock’s family since November 2008, when they brought her from South Africa to live in their home in New Jersey, with their two biological daughters.
But the comedian and his philanthropist wife split last year, and the girl’s legal status has now become part of the divorce.
Rock appears to have had no contact with her since the estrangement from Compton-Rock last year, despite spending time with their two other children.
And this week it emerged South African police were investigating the family over concerns she was taken out of the country without proper legal procedures being followed.