Stevie J Is Released From Jail On Bond, Denies Child Support Charges


“Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” star Stevie J has been released from Fulton County Jail after being arrested on Monday for allegedly owing more than $1 million in child support to Carol Bennett– the mother of two of his children.

The reality star, whose real name is Steven Jordan, was released on a $25,000 bond on Wednesday and says he is happy to be home, according to an exclusive interview with  The Associated Press.

“It feels great. I’m home with my wife,” Jordan told the AP shortly after his release, while his wife Joseline Hernandez sat next to him. “I’m just ready to get this behind me.”

Despite being back home, the 40-year-old Grammy winner’s legal problems are far from over.

According to court documents, Stevie J missed many child support payments for his  17-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter who currently live with their mother in Pennsylvania.

Documents seen by AP state that Jordan was ordered to pay $6,600 a month in child support in 1999. Two years later, that amount increased to nearly $8,600.

Prosecutors claim that Jordan earned $193,000 for his participation in “Love and Hip Hop” and another $100,000 from music royalties in the first eight months of 2013, AP notes.

“Steven Jordan failed to pay over $1 million in child support even while earning substantial income from his participation in a reality television show,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.

However, an attorney for music producer Stevie J denies prosecutors’ allegations that his client owes the hefty sum and is taken necessary steps to prove his client’s case.

“We plan on proving that if there is an amount owed, it is definitely not a million dollars, nor anything close to that amount,” Attorney Daniel Meachum said.

The Atlanta resident has been ordered to appear in court in the Southern District of New York for the criminal child support case. If convicted he could be sentenced up to two years in prison.

Read more at the Associated Press.

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