Police arrested the Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star, born Steven Jordan, at his home in Georgia earlier in the week. "It feels great," Stevie said shortly after his release. "I'm home with my wife. I'm just ready to get this behind me."
Federal prosecutors in New York claim he failed to pay child support for over a decade, including a promised payment within the first nine months of 2013. In the first eight months of that year, they say, he made $290,000 in reality-TV checks and royalties. The 40-year-old is a Grammy Award-winning producer, who has worked with the likes of Mariah Carey, Jay Z, and Eve, his former girlfriend.
Two children, ages 17 and 14, are at the center of the child support case. In 1999 he was ordered to pay close to $6,600 monthly, which increased to more than $8,500 in 2011. The children currently live in Pennsylvania with their mother.
While U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara argues that Stevie J missed "over $1 million" in payments "even while earning substantial income," Meachum asserts that his client has provided both financial and emotional support for his children. "We plan on proving that if there is an amount owed, it is definitely not a million dollars, nor anything close to that amount," he said.
Failure to pay child support carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison.
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