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Attorney Plans To Question Johnny Carson About Support Of Son

June 18, 1987

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ The attorney for the mother of Johnny Carson’s year-old granddaughter wants to interview Carson about support payments to the baby’s father.

The attorney, Ellis Rubin, also said he wants his trip to California paid for by the ″Tonight Show″ host.

Rubin got clearance Wednesday from Circuit Judge Robert C. Abel to travel to California to question the entertainer. Abel said Carson’s son, Chris, might have to bear the travel costs if Tanena Love Green wins her suit for more child support.

Abel ordered the younger Carson in April to pay Ms. Green $125 a week in temporary child support after she testified she was living on a monthly income of $182 in welfare and receiving food stamps.

Her attorney says she wants more, ″enough for a secure place to live and private schools″ for Cristal Love Carson, born last July 3.

Ms. Green, 35, who is not married to Carson, lives in a mobile home park in what she describes as a bad area of Fort Lauderdale.

She said the only work she’s gotten recently lately has been an occasional modeling job when she can take her daughter with her.

Ms. Green said Wednesday that in addition to more financial support, she is hoping for ″moral support from Johnny Carson as a grandfather. The baby’s going to be one year old next month and he’s never even held her.″

Rubin is seeking Carson’s deposition in order to determine if the talk show host has provided additional financial assistance to Chris Carson other than the $35,000 annual stipend that the son has acknowledged.

Chris Carson, 36, of Fort Lauderdale, has stated that his only source of income is his father.

Rubin said he expects Carson’s Los Angeles attorney, Henry Bushkin, to oppose his efforts to get a deposition. Ms. Green’s previous lawyer, Jeffrey Miller, stated in court documents that getting Carson to submit to a deposition would be ″an expensive undertaking and perhaps a Herculean task.″

Bushkin, through his secretary, declined to comment. Carson spokesman Jim Mahony repeated Thursday that the entertainer would have no comment on the matter.

Rubin said he hopes to question Carson before the scheduled July 13 hearing date on his client’s request for child support.

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