News Segment


June 22, 2005

DOVER – Ted Nugent, the ’70s rocker and entrepreneur, has reached a support agreement with the Dover woman he fathered a child with in 1995.

Nugent will pay Karen Gutowski $3,500 monthly in child support, and she will have sole custody of their son, now 10, under the agreement.

The court has not set out visitation rights, but the agreement allows Nugent visitation under conditions the mother deems appropriate. Nugent, who never made an appearance at Strafford County Superior Court for the proceedings, still will have the right to the child’s school, health care and other records.

The child was born in April, 1995, after Gutowski and Nugent had a “brief relationship” related to Nugent’s music, Gutowski’s attorney has said. Gutowski sued Nugent for child support and legal custody in 2003. He was served with papers informing him of the suit Sept. 5 when he played at the Meadowbrook Amphitheater in Gilford with ZZ Top.

Nugent acknowledged earlier in the case that he is the father and paid “minimal” support but has never met the boy.

Nugent, whose hits include “Cat Scratch Fever,” was the nation’s top ticket seller from 1977 to 1979. He played 180 concerts in 1994 and has sold more than 30 million albums.

He also is a renowned hunting enthusiast, a member of the National Rifle Association’s Board of Directors, and has made several successful entrepreneurial endeavors based around hunting.

He has been married to his wife, Shemane Nugent, since 1989. The couple lives in Michigan and has two sons and two daughters. Nugent has been named Father of the Year at his children’s school, according to his official Web site,

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