Deadbeat Dad Alert? Celebs In Trouble For Not Paying Child Support
Babies are definitely a blessing but they are very expensive as well. When it comes to taking care of their children, these celebrities were hauled into court and a couple even ended up behind bars because they didn’t take care of their financial obligations.
A burger run turned into a night in jail for Rich Dollaz last week. The “Love & Hip Hop” star had a hankering for some food from the Five Guys burger franchise and he double-parked outside of a police station in New Jersey. While he was waiting for his order, police came out, ran the license plates on the car and found out that there was a warrant out for his arrest for failure to pay $11,000 in child support. Rich Dollaz was hauled off to jail and released the next day after he paid in full.
Stevie J was a one-time hit-making producer but he fell on hard times and faced some financial difficulties. “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” came along and Stevie J was making money again. But he wasn’t paying his child support and this past June police picked Stevie J. up because he owed more than one million dollars in back payments. His wife Joseline Hernandez showed up the next day and bailed her boo out.
Back in 2011, Jermaine Dupri could’ve been on an episode of “The Maury Povich Show.” The So So Def founder questioned the paternity of his daughter so he didn’t pay child support. But a DNA test proved that he was indeed the father. A judge ordered Dupri to pay $2,500 a month in child support plus he had to kick in an extra $7,500 for the emotional pain and hardships he caused his ex.
This economy has been rough on a lot of people and the rich and famous are not excluded. Nas was having some trouble keeping up his child support payments to his ex-wife Kelis. The Queensbridge rapper fell behind and a judge ordered him to cough up more than $47,000 in back child support. But a month later, Nas was back in court arguing that he couldn’t keep up with the payments because the bad economy had affected him, too. The judge bought it and his payments were reduced to $5,000 a month.
Shad Moss, formerly known as Bow Wow, quietly welcomed a baby girl in 2011 and although he originally kept his daughter Shai Moss a secret, a few months after she was born he made the announcement. Although he said he would be there for his daughter no matter what, last year he told the court that he had only $,1500 in his bank account and therefore couldn’t afford to fork over the $3,000 a month in child support. Moss failed to mention that he had just signed on as the new host of BET’s “106 & Park.” Needless to say, he ended up paying the full amount.
Bow Wow isn’t the only rapper that had baby mama trouble because of failure to pay child support. Chief Keef’s mother had him when she was 16 years old and he followed in her footsteps when he had a daughter of his own at the same age. His baby mama, who was a middle school student when she gave birth, took him to court over child support. A judge ordered Chief Keef to pay $2,600 a month plus $500 for daycare. He was also ordered to pay more than ten grand in back payment.
Whitney Houston may have called him the original king of R&B but Bobby Brown had a history of not paying child support for his royal offspring. In 2007, he was locked up because he owed former girlfriend Kim Ward over $20,000 in back child support and court fees. The “Every Little Step” singer was in jail for three days and infamously bailed out by a radio station. Washington D.C.’s Hot 99.5 FM coughed up the dough in exchange for a week of appearances and interviews from Brown.
Dennis Rodman retired from the NBA a while ago but he made more than enough money during his years of playing basketball to take care of his children. But in 2012, the former Detroit Pistons player was held in contempt of court and ordered him to pay the more than half a million dollars he owed his ex-wife in back child support. Rodman was also ordered to serve 100 hours of community service for failure to pay in 2009 and 2010.
Evander Holyfield made millions and millions of dollars in the boxing ring. But he was also a very busy man outside of the ring. Holyfield had 12 children by six different women and even though he was a millionaire many, many times over, an extravagant lifestyle ate up most of his money. In 2012, the former heavyweight champ was held in contempt of court because he owed $500,000 for one child. Holyfield ended up selling his 109-room Atlanta mansion because he was so badly in debt.
When you have babies by different women there’s bound to be some issues and for Terrell Owens it was paying child support. Despite making over $80 million during his NFL career and cashing some reality television checks, Owens ended up without a penny to his name. Needless to say, the former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver couldn’t keep up with his child support. In 2011, he tried to get the payments reduced because he had no money. The next year, Owens was held in contempt of court and was ordered to perform community service.
Unfortunately, Allen Iverson also could be a poster child for how not to blow millions and millions of dollars. He went through a reportedly $200 million fortune and when he was having marital problems with his wife, the couple split up. The former 76ers superstar didn’t or couldn’t pay the child support and soon he was $40,000 in the rears. But after facing jail time for failure to pay somehow Iverson found the money. They have reportedly since reconciled.
Flavor Flav has struggled to make his child support payments for much of his career. In 2012, the legendary Public Enemy hypeman was facing a 180-day jail sentence if he couldn’t get up to date with his child support. Flav owed more than $111,000 to Angie Parker, the mother of three of his children. But those VH1 checks came in handy. He was able to give Parker a down payment of $25,000 and the judge added an additional $1,200 a month to what he already owed until he was all caught up.