Looks like Halle Berry isn’t the only one in the news for child custody issues. While Ms. Berry was ordered to pay $16,000 a month to her ex—a sum I’m sure she can easily cover—Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta star Stevie J was arrested for failing to pay more than a million dollars in back child support.
According to TMZ, Stevie J’s woes stem from two children he had with ex-girlfriend Carol Antoinette Bennett in 1997 and 1998. After being ordered to pay $6,600 a month in 1999, the amount was raised to $8500. The producer and reality TV star reportedly stopped paying child support all together in 2001, racking up a whopping $1,107,412 bill.
Bennett has been trying to collect the back child support for years, even turning to the organization Project Child Support for help.
Despite the large bill, Stevie J brushed off the Bennett’s child support claims as “rumors” in interviews, but his arrest tells a different story.
TMZ obtained video of Stevie J being taken into custody in Georgia. While he’s expected to make bail, he faces criminal charges in New York.