Beyonce's Father and 7 Bad Celeb Dads

Mathew Knowles, latest bad dad, accused of stealing from his daughter.

ByABC News
July 14, 2011, 12:27 PM

July 15, 2011— -- Father doesn't always know best, especially when it comes to celebrity offspring.

Just this week, reports surfaced that Beyonce's parting with her manager-father Mathew Knowles in May might have been less than amicable.

In court documents filed in a Texas district court, Knowles, who managed his daughter's career 14 years -- from her Destiny Child days to solo superstardom -- suggested that Beyonce believed her father stole from her and, as a result, barred him from her business affairs.

According to the Houston Chronicle, which obtained the documents, Knowles has alleged that he was forced out of managing his daughter's affairs by Live Nation, the giant concert promoter trying to secure rights to her 2011 world tour. He is asking a judge permission to question Live Nation officials about their business relationships with Beyonce and her husband, rap mogul Jay-Z.

"Upon information and belief, after failing to secure the rights to Beyonce's world tour, Live Nation agents or representatives made statements to Beyonce, alleging that [Knowles] had stolen money from Beyonce on her most recent tour or otherwise taken funds," the filing said.

Knowles, who was subject to an October audit by a law firm hired by Beyonce, wants to know who told his daughter that he stole money and whether Live Nation had a role in his firing. The information, the petition said, could help him determine potential grounds for a lawsuit.

Neither Mathew Knowles nor Beyonce responded to's requests for comment, but Knowles told The Associated Press his relationship with his daughter remains "extremely amicable."

"We absolutely have not taken any money from Beyonce, and all dollars will be accounted for," he told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday afternoon. "In no way have we stole money. Again, this about the people who have made these claims - they have to come into the light."

When Beyonce announced she was forming her own management company and would no longer require her father's services as a manager, she said, "He is my father for life and I love my dad dearly."

He echoed her sentiments: "Business is business and family is family. I love my daughter and am very proud of who she is and all that she has achieved," he said.

Knowles isn't the only celebrity father who has learned that problems can arise when business and family mix. Here are seven other celeb dads, some famous in their own right, who learned the hard way.

Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson is credited with creating one of the greatest pop groups of all time, the Jackson 5, and launching youngest son Michael Jackson's stellar career.

Then allegations that he abused his children began to leak out along with rumors of extramarital affairs. Eventually, Joe and his wife Katherine would live apart, though they've never divorced.

When Michael died in 2009, Joe asked his son's estate to help him cover living expenses of $26,000 a month. It's surely a request that MJ would've shot down: the singer, who accused Joe of beating him, left his father out of his will, requesting that all his money go to his mother, children and charities.

Michael Lohan

Though he and his starlet daughter, Lindsay Lohan, went years without speaking, for a long time, Michael Lohan couldn't stop talking about her.

Through her struggles with alcohol and drug abuse, he played the "father knows best card," going on and on about the toxic people in her life (namely, her mother/his ex-wife) and her need for an intervention.

Not that Michael is squeaky clean. He has served multiple stints in prison, for insider trading and DUI, and lately he's been accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend. But when it comes to daughter Lindsay, who has had her own share of troubles recently, Michael continues to show up, sort of like a bad penny.

John Phillips

In September 2009, actress Mackenzie Phillips revealed to Oprah Winfrey that her rock star father, John Phillips, raped her at age 18, sparking a 10-year-long consensual sexual relationship. Phillips, 49, the former star of '70s-'80s sitcom "One Day at a Time," said she was first raped by her father, the lead singer of the Mamas and the Papas, in a hotel room while passed out after a drug binge.

The relationship continued long after she married Jeff Sessler when she was 19-years-old, and ended only when she became pregnant and feared her father was the baby's father, Phillips said. Her father paid for an abortion. "I woke up that night from a blackout to find myself having sex with my father," Phillips said on "Oprah," reading an excerpt from her new book, "High on Arrival." "I don't know how it started."

In 2004, as Jessica Simpson was gaining street cred in the pop music scene, her father Joe, a former Baptist minister, bragged about the, ahem, assets that brought his daughter fame.

"Jessica never tries to be sexy. She just is sexy," he told "If you put her in a T-shirt or you put her in a bustier, she's sexy in both. She's got double D's! You can't cover those suckers up!"

Papa Joe, who manages Jessica and younger sister Ashlee, has also been accused of taking his own pictures of his daughters and selling them to magazines. He's also said to meddle in their personal lives, even going so far as to set up Jessica on dates.

Ryan O'Neal

Maybe Ryan O'Neal was an angel to Farrah Fawcett in her final days. In terms of rearing his son, who no doubt picked up his drug habit from dear old dad, O'Neal might be better termed a fallen angel.

The 67-year-old Oscar-nominated actor was arrested in September 2008 along with his son Redmond, and was later charged with felony methamphetamine possession. Sheriff's deputies had searched the actor's home while doing a check on Redmond O'Neal, who was on probation for a previous drug conviction. In January, O'Neal pled guilty to a felony drug charge and was ordered into an 18-month drug diversion program.

The bad dad hasn't only wrecked havoc on Redmond's life. O'Neal hit on his own daughter, Tatum O'Neal, at Fawcett's funeral. "I had just put the casket in the hearse and I was watching it drive away when a beautiful blond woman comes up and embraces me," O'Neal told Vanity Fair in an interview featured in the magazine's August 2009 issue. "I said to her, 'You have a drink on you? You have a car?' She said, 'Daddy, it's me -- Tatum!' I was just trying to be funny with a strange Swedish woman, and it's my daughter. It's so sick."

Alec Baldwin

Who can forget Alec Baldwin's infamous voice mail message to his 12-year-old daughter, Ireland, whom he called a "rude, thoughtless little pig" when she failed to take his pre-arranged call?

The voice mail heard around the world was a breaking point for Baldwin during his seven-year divorce and custody battle with ex-wife Kim Basinger. Baldwin told ABC News' Diane Sawyer that he even contemplated suicide after the voice mail was leaked.

Instead, he wrote a book, "A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood and Divorce," about the alienation he felt from his daughter after his long, drawn-out divorce that involved more than 90 court proceedings and $3 million in legal costs.

Woody Allen

Mia Farrow ended her 12-year relationship with famed director Woody Allen, when she discovered nude photos he had taken of Farrow's 21-year-old adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn.

A long sordid custody battle for the couple's three children ensued, in which Farrow accused Allen of molesting their adopted daughter Dylan. The judge ruled the sex abuse charges inconclusive but called Allen's conduct with Previn "grossly inappropriate" and awarded custody of the children to Farrow.

Despite the scandal, Allen, then 56, continued to see Previn. They married in 1997 and are parents to two adopted girls.'s Sheila Marikar contributed to this report.