You’ve Been Served! Wesley Snipes Still Having Trouble Paying Back Debts
Seems like Wesley Snipes can’t catch a break. Released from serving three years in prison for tax evasion not long ago, Snipes was allegedly served court papers while walking the red carpet to promote his new movie The Expendables 3 in Hollywood. On his way to the after-party, he was served with a notice ordering him to appear for a debtor’s examination, reports RadarOnline.
Snipes is being sued by powerful public relations agency Sitrick & Company for failure to pay fees associated with work the company did when the actor was facing felony tax evasion charges. Sitrick & Co. had already been given a judgment, which Snipes failed to pay and which has now grown to more than $103,000.
According to court documents, Snipes has been ordered to “furnish information to aid in enforcement of a money judgement.” It also says that he “may be subject to arrest and punishment for contempt of court, and the court may take an order requiring [him] to pay reasonable attorney fees incurred by the judgment creditor in this proceeding.”
In 2008, Snipes was convicted of three misdemeanor counts of failure to file tax returns for three years, and not paying taxes worth $7 million. He appealed and lost and was sentenced to three years in prison. He was finally released in 2013.
Snipes needs to land in a blockbuster to catch up where his career left off and hopefully pay the bills. The star-studded Expendables film, featuring Sylvester Stallone, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others, failed to live up to the hype. It raked in just $15.8 million during its Labor Day three-day opening weekend. (The Expendables 2 did $28.6 million in three days.) The latest installment was victim to a leak three weeks ahead of its theatrical release.
Let’s hope Snipes settles up soon with Sitrick & Company so he won’t be headed back to the slammer and can concentrate on his film comeback.