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Pastor Jamal Bryant’s private life has gotten him in all types of public trouble. His promiscuity ended his marriage, led to allegations that he impregnated a 17-year-old girl and, most recently, involved him in a custody and child support battle with Latoya Shawntee Odom, the mother of his youngest child.
In 2015, Odom sued Bryant demanding child support. Bryant acknowledged that the child was his and said that he had been paying child support, in an attempt to handle matters outside of court. But when Odom kept harassing him, he stopped making payments and left it up to a judge to decide.
Naturally, Odom took issue with the lack of support and found it particularly insulting that Bryant was living a life of luxury.
In November, the two reached a settlement. Odom was awarded primary physical custody and Bryant was given visitation. The amount of child support was sealed from the public but he was ordered to pay $13,500 in Odom’s legal expenses.
Last summer, I asked whether or not Pastor Bryant should take some time away from the pulpit to get his life back in order. Since that time, I really haven’t kept up with his whereabouts.
But last night, there was a bit of an update. According to The Jasmine Brand, Odom raised claims stating that Bryant had failed to pay child support on time, failed to provide medical and life insurance and failed to pay 75 percent of the uninsured medical expenses as he had been ordered to do.
As a result, she asked that Bryant be held in contempt of court.
Bryant responded pleading with the judge not to throw him in jail, saying he did not disobey the court order.
The judge found that he was in contempt, ruling that while Bryant did pay child support in a timely manner, he did not obtain medical and life insurance for his child and did not cover his portion of the uninsured medical expenses.
The judge ruled that Bryant pay $3,258.31 to purge himself of contempt.