Rapper Has Failed to Pay More Than $1 Million
Prosecutors in New York say a cast member on VH1's "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" has been arrested and charged with failing to pay more than $1 million in child support.
The cast member, 40-year-old Steven Jordan, known as "Stevie J," is also a Grammy-winning record producer.
Back in March, the veteran producer, real name Steven Jordan, was served with a subpoena by Project Child Support on behalf of Carol Antoinette Bennett, who claims that Jordan owed the hefty amount in back child support from the past 16 years.
He was arrested Monday night and awaiting an Atlanta court appearance Tuesday. The name of his lawyer was not immediately known.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH'-ruh) in Manhattan says Jordan failed to pay the support for two children while earning $27,000 monthly.
Prosecutors say Jordan failed to make a voluntary payment in the first nine months of 2013. At the time, he earned $193,000 on the show and another $100,000 from music royalties.
Here’s what went down and how he got to behind bars. Stevie J and his then-girlfriend had a kid in 1997 and ’98. After they parted ways in 1999, Stevie J was ordered to pay $6,600 a month in child support, which eventually ballooned to 800,500.
In an interview with The Urban Daily, Bennett said, ”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 can still live, he’s jet not going out of the country. It’s just being negligent and not taking responsibility for your kids, but he doesn’t mind doing it for any other women.”
Stevie J was making payments for the first few years, but then stopped paying in 2001 — and hasn’t handed over a single dollar since. After 13 years of nonpayment, the total ballooned to an astronomical $1,107,412.00.
Stevie J also has to face criminal charges in New York.