Hunter Biden, the son of the first lady of Arkansas, has been ordered to personally appear in court the following month or face possible contempt charges and potentially jail time for allegedly concealing his personal income in a child support dispute involving a daughter he fathered outside of marriage.
President Joe Biden’s son has been ordered to appear at the Independence County Courthouse in Batesville on July 10 by Judge Holly Lodge Meyer, who is presiding over Biden’s child support case.
Hunter’s attorneys claimed that Hunter had disregarded the judge’s previous order from May, which required him to disclose information regarding his financial situation, according to the Washington Examiner. The goal of the hearing is for Biden to explain why he should not be held in contempt of court.
According to Meyer, Roberts’ attorneys are asking for “punishment or sanctions” against Biden, including “incarceration for civil contempt until such time as the defendant fully answers discovery for a period of up to six months” and “incarceration for criminal contempt for a period of up to six months.” Meyer also stated that she plans to take these measures into consideration.
The judge noted further that Hunter Biden “is hereby given notice that his ‘ability to pay’ is or may become a critical issue in the contempt proceeding” and that he “will have an opportunity at the hearing to respond to statements and questions about his financial status.” Meyer added that Biden “is subject to an express finding by the court that he has the ability to pay.”
The Examiner added the following:
The child, Navy Joan Roberts, was born in Arkansas in August 2018. The child was conceived while Hunter was in a relationship with Hallie Biden, his deceased brother Beau Biden’s widow, and the child has been living with her mother. Joe Biden has repeatedly ignored the existence of his granddaughter in public statements while president.
Hunter Biden had initially denied paternity and any memory of meeting the mother at the Mpire Club in the nation’s capital, but the judge said in January 2020 that the court “finds the results of the DNA tests indicate with near scientific certainty that the defendant is the biological father of the child in this case.” Hunter settled with Roberts for $2.5 million in 2020, but the case was later reopened, and the president’s son is engaged in an Arkansas court battle to lower his payments.
🚨Hunter Biden ordered to appear in court in July and warned he faces JAIL for allegedly concealing his finances in child support payments to daughter he has with stripper https://t.co/AM8XbHGwUz
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A motion for sanctions and contempt was submitted by Roberts’s attorney Clinton Lancaster to Meyer’s court in May, stating that “the defendant was ordered to do something, and he did not,” adding that “that is a habit and a game for Mr. Biden.”
“Right now, Mr. Biden does not want to disclose his income and assets, says that he is somewhat financially destitute, while he lives on a mountain overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, has Secret Service protection, and enjoys his time abroad (which he has also lied about in discovery),” Lancaster argued in May.
Meyer criticized Biden during a court-ordered appearance in May as well, charging that he was seeking to hide his income in the matter.
She “rebuked the 53-year-old’s legal team during the two-hour proceedings, saying they wrongly concealed details of filings that had already been submitted to the court as part of the ongoing legal saga,” the New York Post reported at the time.
Prior to directing them to resubmit some connected documents, Meyer informed Biden’s attorneys that “the ability to redact is somewhat being abused.”
Biden appeared before the Batesville courts requesting to lower his monthly child support payments for his 4-year-old kid with ex-stripper Lunden Roberts.
The Post reported that after Biden reopened his paternity lawsuit in September 2020 in an effort to reduce his $20,000 monthly payment, he was required to submit paperwork revealing his financial condition as part of the case.