Yesterday, footage surfaced of Stevie J being arrested and carted off to prison by Georgia police for owing over $1 million in child support. According to the Associated Press, Stevie was released earlier today from the Fulton County Jail on $25,000 bond. Shortly after his release, he told reporters it “feels great” to be home.
Of course, his legal troubles are far from over. He has been ordered to appear in court in the Southern District of New York. As you may recall, news of Stevie’s child hefty child support balance has been a headline favorite for quite some time now. Last winter, Carol Bennett, who has two children by Stevie, spoke out against the “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star, alleging that he hasn’t made a child support payment in nearly 13 years.
“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 alleged. “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.
“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.”
According to U.S. Attorney Preet Bahara, the Grammy-winning producer failed to pay child support for two of his children, even back when he was racking in $27,000 per month. Stevie’s attorney Daniel Meachum is calling the allegations being made against his client “preposterous.” It’s going to be very interesting to see how this all unfolds.
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