Chris Rock wants the world to know he doesn't have a love child. Period.
The funnyman and his wife of 11 years, Malaak, released a joint statement Monday, expressing satisfaction that DNA tests have vindicated them from a Georgia woman's repeated claims that he's the daddy of her 13-year-old son.
"Though we prefer to keep our private life out of the media, we feel it is necessary to respond to the many grossly inaccurate media reports that were sold to the tabloids by Kali Bowyer, who falsely claimed that Chris Rock fathered her 13-year-old son," the couple said.
"After multiple lies, including that Chris refused to establish paternity...we personally asked the court to help us establish paternity so that we could put this harassment to rest. Last week it was concluded through DNA testing that Chris is not the father."
Bowyer, a 35-year-old freelance journalist living in Statesboro, played down the DNA results and said the Rocks jumped the gun in making their announcement.
"I could've sworn we weren't supposed to talk about it until we were done with mediation," Bowyer told the Associated Press.She added that she planned to ask the judge for a second DNA test.
Bowyer filed court papers in March in Bulloch County Court alleging that she and the 42-year-old Rock had a friends-with-benefits type of relationship some 13 years ago, which produced a child whose name is Jordan.
Her petition requested the actor subsequently submit to a DNA test to determine paternity and whether or not he should be required to pay reasonable child support, attorneys' fees and medical coverage.
In May, Bowyer acknowledged she wasn't certain Rock was her son's father.
"If I were 100 percent positive, I would not have requested a DNA test. I would have gone to the lawyers and courts for a child-support order," she said in a statement to the Statesboro Herald. "It's hard enough for a parent of any child to seek such a test, let alone someone in the public eye."
She also denied targeting Rock's bank account, contending she had pursued her action partly because Jordan had recently suffered a grand mal seizure and she needed her son's full biological history to determine whether he had epilepsy.
"Any parent who has a child laying in an [emergency room] bed would seek out paternity when faced with the situation," she said.
Rock and Bowyer met in a Los Angeles nightclub. While Rock admitted having a "limited relationship" with Bowyer, the Bad Company star vehemently denied fathering Jordan and asked the court for a test to clear up the matter.
With the results clearing Rock, the actor and his wife have now instructed their attorney "to pursue all legal remedies" against Bowyer. The couple said they have racked up a huge tab defending themselves; they also are investigating whether Bowyer profited from her bogus assertions.
"Additionally, we would like for any monies Ms. Bowyer has taken from the tabloid media based on this false story to be donated to Bulloch County charities for the benefit of disadvantaged boys and girls," the couple said.
Although they were pleased with the outcome of the DNA test, the Rocks expressed concern over the welfare of Bowyer's son, whom they say "has been continuously embarrassed and exposed in the media by his mother."
Bowyer, however, says she has been offered thousands of dollars to sell her story but hasn't taken a dime.
"I am sick and tired of being made out to be a liar and a fraud," she told AP.
Rock and Malaak, an entrepreneur who founded a nonprofit organization providing free services to women getting off welfare, have two daughters, four-year-old Lola Simone and two-year-old Zahra Savannah.
Outside the courtroom, Rock remains busy executive producing and penning episodes for his kidcentric sitcom, Everybody Loves Chris, now in its third season on the CW.
Rock, who wrote, directed and starred in the comedy I Think I Love My Wife earlier this year, is now set to star and helm The Gilmores of Beverly Hills, about a lower-income black family in, yes, Beverly Hills.
He's also reprising his voice role as Marty in Madagascar: The Crate Escape, and he voices a key part in Jerry Seinfeld's upcoming CGI 'toon for DreamWorks, Bee Movie.
Finally, he's attached to an untitled Ocean's Eleven-esque all-star crime caper, to be directed by Brett Ratner, about a group of crooks who rob Manhattan's Trump Tower.