Saturday Apr 5 11:56 AEDT
AP - Kevin Federline might play the part of the pauper to his pop princess ex-wife Britney Spears, but in Las Vegas he is king.
Federline spent more than $US43,000 ($A46,000) on Las Vegas hotels, dining and shopping between May 2007 and January of this year, according to documents filed by Federline's lawyer in his custody battle with Spears. The documents were released by the Superior Court.
The tabs included $US1,445 ($A1,578) for clothing at Gianni Versace, $US3,863 ($A4,218) at TAO nightclub, and $US3,008 ($A3,284) at the Hard Rock Beach Club.
He appears determined not to be branded a cheap tipper. At Scores strip club, he dropped a cool $US2,000 ($A2,184) on a $US365 ($A399) meal bill.
Meanwhile, his company, Gooseneck Productions Inc, spent $US841,129 ($A918,363) in 2007 while earning $US544,075 ($A594,033), according to the documents.
The aspiring rapper also spent big on attempts to prop up his struggling music career.
Federline had $US74,102 ($A80,906) in "music production" expenses, but earned only $US9,849 ($A10,753) in "music income," according to the documents, which did not elaborate.
The Superior Court commissioner dealing with the Federline-Spears custody battle has consistently awarded Federline lawyer fees.
In March, Spears' divorce lawyer, Stacy Phillips, argued that Federline's lawyers were overbilling, and her client should not be required to pay.
Phillips said that Federline tipped extravagantly. Indeed, a credit card statement showed a $US1,100 ($A1,201) tip for a $US2,782 ($A3,037) bill at a Los Angeles restaurant.
Federline still owed $US343,834 ($A375,406) in fees to his lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, when the documents were filed in January.
The bulk of Federline's income came from his work on a Nationwide car insurance commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. Federline was paid $US377,000 ($A412,000) for playing a fry cook who dreams of being a rap star, wearing fur coats and flashing huge diamond rings.Spears pays her ex-husband $US15,000 ($A16,377) a month in child support for two-year-old Sean Preston and one-year-old Jayden James. Her monthly spousal support payments of $US20,000 ($A21,836) ended in November.
The accounting statement mixes personal expenses, like $US1,500 ($A1,638) a week for a nanny to care for the two toddlers, and business expenses, like $US2,500 ($A2,730) a month for his manager.
He earned $US15,000 ($A16,380) for appearing at his 29th birthday party at Pure nightclub in Las Vegas, and $US50,000 ($A54,590) for a series of appearances at Las Vegas clubs in December 2007.
Federline also pays $US18,228 ($A19,902) a month in child support, rent and private school tuition for his two children from a previous relationship.