Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, is facing further legal trouble as his former girlfriend and the mother of his child, Lunden Roberts, has urged an Arkansas judge to incarcerate him for repeatedly failing to hand over his financial records in their ongoing child support lawsuit. According to lawyers for Roberts, Hunter has not provided a single item or word of discovery despite court orders to do so. The filing comes just as Hunter’s lawyers are scheduled to meet with US attorney David Weiss next week over four charges against him, including three related to tax crimes and one related to a gun purchase.
The child support lawsuit began in 2019 when Roberts took Hunter to court and forced him to take a DNA test to prove he fathered their child, Navy Joan, during their 2017 fling. Roberts won a reported $2.5 million settlement from Hunter, but the case is ongoing as she is demanding detailed financial records from Hunter to demonstrate why he has suffered a substantial loss of earnings. Hunter’s move to recalculate the monthly amount he pays Roberts backfired when she refused to renegotiate, prompting her to demand financial records.
Roberts’ attorney, Clinton Lancaster, accuses Hunter of “flaunting the dignity and authority of the court” by failing to adhere to discovery rules and deadlines, which were reasserted at a February 22 hearing. Calling on Circuit Judge Holly Meyer to hold Hunter in contempt, Lancaster adds, “The defendant’s actions are a willful and flagrant violation of this court’s previous order entered on the defendant’s motion. This court should incarcerate the defendant in the Cleburne County Detention Center until he complies with this court’s orders and answers discovery. In the alternative, this court should sanction the defendant as appropriate and just.”
The case is set to go to a two-day bench trial in July, and Hunter will have to submit to a deposition in June, during which Roberts’ lawyers will likely grill him about his various businesses and shady overseas ventures. They’ll also want to know how it’s possible that Hunter’s finances have cratered while he’s selling paintings for up to $500,000 apiece under his new guise as an abstract artist.
In a separate case related to his infamous abandoned laptop, Hunter and his lawyer friend Kevin Morris are suing Garrett Ziegler, a former Trump administration staffer, for alleged harassment and invasion of privacy. However, Hunter’s legal team is now trying to block Roberts from retaining Ziegler as an expert witness. Lancaster wrote to his counterparts on April 21, “The last time I checked, the opposing party does not get to choose the other party’s expert witness…I don’t know or understand the problem with Mr. Ziegler, other than that Mr. Biden and his California attorney, Kevin Morris, are suing him in Delaware.”
The bitter custody battle is just one of the many legal troubles Hunter Biden is currently facing. Hunter’s business dealings with foreign countries, particularly China and Ukraine, have been under scrutiny since his father became president, and he is currently being investigated for tax crimes and a gun purchase. The outcome of these investigations could have serious implications not only for Hunter but also for the president and his administration.