An Arkansas judge has issued an order requiring Hunter Biden to appear in court in person in July to potentially face contempt proceedings and even jail time. The judge handling Hunter Biden’s child support case, Judge Holly Lodge Meyer, has ordered him to explain why he should not be held in contempt after lawyers representing Lunden Alexis Roberts, the mother of Hunter Biden’s child, argued that he had failed to comply with the judge’s previous order to provide information on his finances.
Judge Meyer stated that punishment or sanctions, including incarceration for civil contempt for up to six months and incarceration for criminal contempt for up to six months, were being considered against Hunter Biden. She also informed him that his ability to pay would be a critical issue in the contempt proceeding and that he would have the opportunity to respond to questions about his financial status during the hearing.
The child at the center of the case, Navy Joan Roberts, was born in Arkansas in August 2018. Initially, Hunter Biden denied paternity and claimed not to remember meeting the mother at the Mpire Club in Washington, D.C. However, in January 2020, the court concluded that DNA test results provided near scientific certainty that Hunter Biden was the child’s biological father. Hunter Biden reached a settlement of $2.5 million with Roberts in 2020, but the case was reopened later, leading to the ongoing court battle in Arkansas to lower his child support payments.
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In May, Roberts’s lawyer filed a motion for sanctions and contempt, accusing Hunter Biden of failing to comply with the court’s orders. The lawyer argued that Hunter Biden had not disclosed his income and assets and that he had been evasive in the discovery process.
The judge is also considering whether to strike Hunter Biden’s legal filings opposing the name change of Roberts’s daughter to “Biden.” The judge ruled in May that both Roberts and Hunter Biden would need to participate in depositions in June, during which Hunter Biden would be required to answer detailed questions about his income and financial matters.
The case further highlights Hunter Biden’s financial situation, including his ownership stake in a Chinese government-linked investment firm, his art sales, and other relevant financial transactions. Hunter Biden had previously revealed that he was under federal investigation for his taxes, and there have been allegations of mishandling and politicization of the investigation by IRS whistleblowers.
The trial to determine any potential adjustments to Hunter Biden’s child support obligations is scheduled for July. In the meantime, Hunter Biden’s lawyer has stated that he is currently paying $20,000 per month in child support and has already paid $750,000 to date.
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