“Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta” reality star and once-upon-a-time musical beat maker, Stevie J (pictured left) has reportedly pleaded not guilty to charges of being over $1.1 million in arrears in child support for his two teen children with former live-in partner, Carol Bennett, according to the New York Post.
Stevie, an industry impresario whose actual name is Steven Jordan, worked alongside Sean “Diddy” Coombs in the 90s, and allegedly has support arrears dating back to March 2001. Stevie, who was summoned to appear at a New York City federal courthouse, was accompanied by his reality show co-star and wife Joseline Hernandez (pictured right), who reportedly verbally attacked anyone outside of the courthouse who shouted anything disparaging about Stevie being a deadbeat dad.
When a middle-aged woman shouted at Stevie, “You should be ashamed!” Hernandez ferociously yelled back at the woman, “Shut up! You don’t know him!” according to the news outlet.
Inside the courtroom, the presiding Judge Paul Crotty was perplexed as to why the case was being tried in federal court, as the complainant lives in Pennsylvania and Stevie and Joseline live in Atlanta.
“I don’t understand what you are doing here,” Crotty said, according to the New York Post. Assistant US Attorney Andrew DeFilippis however cleared up the courtroom confusion by informing the judge that the monies owed in the case are exorbitant and the support issue was never settled in Family Court over a ten-year-plus period.
Meanwhile after the court session, Stevie, who was arrested last June for being delinquent in child support payments, met with reporters outside of the courtroom.
The music producer behaved as if he could not lose his case with a judge like Crotty presiding over it telling the Post, “I have been waiting for a judge like this who understands what I am going through.”
The man who is also known for his impish grin also managed to shamelessly promote his upcoming single with veteran rapper Snoop Dogg, new music by Hernandez and the upcoming season of his mega hit reality show.