Hunter Biden Deposed in Child-Support Case – Hunter Biden and the mother of his child, former stripper Lunden Roberts, were in an Arkansas courtroom on Friday for his deposition.
Biden is seeking to reduce the $20,000 per month that he pays to Roberts for their daughter Navy Joan Roberts who he has never met or has had a relationship with.
Biden and Roberts initially met while she danced at The Empire Club in Washington, and texts found on his abandoned laptop show that she worked for his Rosemont Seneca investment firm.
Biden claimed in September that he had experienced “substantial material change in (his) financial circumstances, including but not limited to his income.” His attorney, Abbe Lowell, stated at May 5 hearing that Biden had paid Roberts $750,000 to date.
Roberts’ attendance at the hearing caught reporters and others by surprise.
“Attending Hunter’s deposition would have been a strategic choice and perhaps a head game. And why not? It’s harder for most people to be untruthful about a person in their presence,” a source told The Daily Mail. “Attending Hunter’s deposition would have been a strategic choice and perhaps a head game. And why not? It’s harder for most people to be untruthful about a person in their presence.”
Arkansas District Court Judge Holly Meyer ruled that both individuals must attend a July 10 hearing. This will give Biden the opportunity to address questions about his finances and defend himself from accusations.
Could Hunter Biden Go to Jail for Contempt?
Roberts’ attorney Clint Lancaster filed a contempt of court motion earlier this month seeking to jail Biden for not being forthcoming with the financial records that Meyer ordered him to produce as part of pre-trial discovery. Biden will have the opportunity next month to testify as to why he should not be held in contempt. Meyer has yet to rule on this motion.
Lancaster has questioned how Biden can afford to pay for a $12,000 per month dwelling in Malibu, Calif., and drive a Porsche, yet cannot afford the $20,000 he pays in child support.
“Mr. Biden does not want to disclose his income and assets, says that he is somewhat financially destitute, while he lives on a mountain overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, has Secret Service protection, and enjoys his time abroad,” Lancaster wrote in his May 18 filing.
He also questioned Biden’s use of Lowell, who charges $855 per hour for his services.
Roberts wants information in her discovery about Biden’s multi-million-dollar business deals in Ukraine and in China, as well as in other locales where he and his business partners have worked.
Hunter Biden Child-Support Gamble Could Hurt Him
Lancaster submitted a witness list last month that included Biden’s former business partners as potential witnesses.
George Washington University law professor, Jonathan Turley, wrote on Twitter on Friday that Biden’s gamble to reduce his child-support payments could open him to further trouble from congressional investigators and from the Delaware U.S. attorney’s office.
“The deposition of Hunter Biden today in Arkansas is interesting because it is not clear if he has previously gone under oath directly on his finances,” Turley wrote on Twitter Friday evening. “This is why the effort to reduce child support could prove costly. The deposition is more risky due to the expanding record of transactions being uncovered by the House Oversight Committee on millions of dollars of transfers through a series of LLCs and accounts.”
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