Jermaine Dupri might be a storied record executive and producer, but that won’t help him in his case of failure to pay child support payments. This recent revelation comes courtesy of an Atlanta mother that had Dupri’s child, successfully sued him for paternity and was promptly left in the dust afterwards. She filed a secondary suit a few months ago for back pay and negligence.
According to E! News, Dupri neglected payments to plaintiff Sarai Jones after a Fulton Country Superior Court judge, Margaret Dorsey, ordered him to pay $2,500 per month with an additional $7,500 to care for the couple’s seven-month-old child.
Jones’ lawyer claims that the secondary suit was a last resort, but Dupri has left his client no choice. “She wants to resolve it without having to go to court and work together with him to raise their child,” Jones’ lawyer, Randy Kessler, said in a statement. “She has nothing negative to say about him.”
The new suit comes at an bad time for Dupri, though. WSB-TV recently unveiled records from the Department of Revenue that show Dupri owes the state of Georgia more than $493,000 in back taxes. He also narrowly avoided the auction of a home that had been in foreclosure and was set to be sold on his local courthouse steps by a law firm. No reason was revealed for the cancellation of the sale. —Carter Maness