Stevie J Arrested for Owing $1 Million in Child Support
Father’s Day may be just a few days away, but for ‘Love & Hip Hop’ star Stevie J, it probably won’t be a happy one. The 42-year-old was recently arrested for owing a ridiculous $1,107,412 in child support.
In a video released by TMZ, Stevie J is caught on camera being surrounded by several officers outside of a Georgia home — whether it’s his residence or not is not confirmed. Dressed in a red T-shirt and shorts, the producer is heard speaking to the cops, who eventually handcuff him and escort him to an SUV.
The large amount of child support stems from 2001, when the reality star was ordered to pay $6,600 a month to ex-girlfriend Carol Antoinette Bennett. The payments were later increased to $8,500, most likely due to Stevie J’s increased income. Despite pulling in money from shows like ‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta,’ Stevie J apparently hasn’t paid any child support in 13 years, which is why the current sum is so high.
In a 2013 interview, Bennett said she’s been trying to get Stevie J to pay child support for quite some time, but she hasn’t been successful — not even through the courts.
“This has been an ongoing situation,” she told The Urban Daily. “We’ve actually been to court twice. The thing is I haven’t been the one pushing to go to court. 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. My kids are in high school. My daughter just started high school so we’re preparing for college. It’s time for saving.”
Although arrested in Georgia, Stevie J will face criminal charges in New York. Unless he cuts a check for $1,107,412, he’ll have to deal with this huge problem until the debt is paid off.