Grammy Award-winning producer and “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Stevie J will face criminal charges for failing to support his children financially. TMZ reported on Tuesday that the reality star was arrested in Georgia Monday (June 9) for allegedly skipping out on child support payments for over 13 years.
Stevie J has reportedly racked up a debt of $1,107,412 during those 13 years for child support owed on two children born in 1997 and 1998 with his live-in girlfriend at the time. According to the criminal complaint, Stevie J was ordered to pay approximately $6,6000 per month in support in 1999 after the pair broke up. That numbered was then upped to $8,500, but after making payments the first couple years, he stopped payments in 2001.
He also failed to make voluntary payments within the first nine months of 2013, which was a year he earned combined $300,000 from the reality show and in royalties. Stevie J was paid $27,000 per month starting in October for participating in “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” and since 2012 has earned at least $193,000 from the show. Money is certainly not an issue for Stevie J, but failing to comply with his child support responsibilities has earned the producer the label of a deadbeat dad.
Stevie J was initially served a subpoena to appear in Family Court back in February over the unpaid child support payments. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in the arrest announcement that the reality star failed to pay while earning “substantial income from his participation in a reality television show.”
He will face criminal charges in his home state of New York. The one count of failing to pay child support carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison. Stevie J has made a living the last couple years in the reality world, but the responsibilities of the real world has apparently finally caught up with him.