‘He Has Not Made A Voluntary Payment In Years:’ Stevie J’s Baby Mama Speaks On $1 Million Child Support Lawsuit
A couple of weeks ago we discussed Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star Stevie J’s festering child support situation. The mother of his 14 and 16-year-old children, Carol Bennett, is seeking to go after his wages, claiming that he owes over $1 million is back child support. A few days after our initial report, we told you about a leaked voicemail message, where Stevie can be heard begging Carol not to air out his dirty laundry during her scheduled press conference.
“What’s going on, uh I see all this press it’s going crazy and then I see something ’bout a press conference on October 31. I would ask you not to do a press conference…so let’s try to figure out what we doing, what’s goin’ on aight?”
Apparently Carol wasn’t moved by her ex-lover’s plea, because according to the folks over at the Tom Joyner Show, she went through with her press conference anyway.
“This has been an ongoing situation. We’ve actually been to court twice. The thing is I haven’t been the one pushing to go to court,” Carol told The Urban Daily . “He’s tried to go to court to not pay anything and has been denied twice. So basically, I’ve just been feeling that the system has been failing me and there’s not much I can do,” she continued.
She adds that her teenage children are college bound and she’s in need of financial assistance.
“My kids are in high school. My daughter just started high school so we’re preparing for college. It’s time for saving. We have to make sure that they’re not just prepared academically. We have to make sure they’re prepared financially as well. We had an agreement in the child support order that he would provide insurance. But nothing [has] been covered by Stevie for the last twelve or thirteen years.”
As for how she even wound up with a guy like Stevie, Carol says that he was nothing like what he is today.
“When we first met he was a good guy. We had a lot in common. We were both seriously connected in the business. He comes from a nice, big family. I don’t come from a big family, but we bonded over our love for family. He had a daughter and was very good with children. We were engaged for about two and a half years. We had known each other quite a while before then because I worked with Uptown Records and Motown Records. He was working with Jodeci at the time and he used to always tell me, ‘You’re gonna be my wife.’ I told him, ‘No. No. No. I won’t mess with any artists!’ He said, ‘Well, I’m not an artist.’ So that’s how the whole thing kinda started. Then we had my son. Then we had my daughter and in between that he got a publishing deal.”
Carol also addressed critics who believe that she’s only going after Stevie because he’s on television.
“That’s the misconception. My kids are 14 and 16. He has not made a voluntary payment in years. There’s a court order in place to pay x amount per month. If you don’t pay that, even if you can come close, it technically didn’t occur. He’s missed 168 payments. The reason why, this (is) my own speculation, because he’s been able to get away with it, why not keep doing it? Where’s the enforcement at? Okay, he doesn’t have a passport. He still can live, he’s just not going out of the country. It’s just being negligent and not taking on responsibility for your kids, but he doesn’t mind doing it for any other women.”
What do you think of Carol coming forward?
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