The Washington Post reports that an Atlanta-area woman, Sarai Jones, is suing Jermaine Dupri over missed child-support payments that a judge recently ordered him to pay her.
After a paternity test in March, Fulton County Superior Court Judge told the Grammy-winning producer to pay $2,500 a month and an additional $7,500 to Jones.
The lawsuit comes at a time when Dupri, who has produced hits for artists including Usher and Mariah Carey and was one of hip-hop's top earners in 2006, is facing financial troubles.
His mansion was up for foreclosure and set to be auctioned last week, but the sale was canceled at the last minute. WSB-TV obtained records from the Georgia Department of Revenue, saying that Dupri owes the state more than $493,000 in back taxes for 2007.
Squandering a fortune made in the music industry is an all-too-common mistake. Perhaps he truly can't afford $2,500 a month anymore, but he can certainly afford something. If having responsibility for a child isn't motivation enough for Dupri to get his financial act together, hopefully this lawsuit will be.
Read more at the Washington Post.
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