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Judge admonishes Hunter Biden over allegations he is hiding financial docs to reduce child support payments

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An Arkansas judge admonished Hunter Biden in court on Monday as the first son seeks to reduce his monthly child support payments for his 4-year-old daughter.

What is the background?

In 2020, a paternity test revealed that Hunter Biden fathered a child with Arkansas woman Lunden Roberts. At the time, Biden agreed to pay child support payments to his daughter, Navy Joan, in monthly installments of $20,000.

But last September, Biden asked a court to reduce his payments, arguing there had been a "substantial material change" to his financial circumstances despite previously having made millions of dollars in overseas business deals.

The request allowed Roberts to request documents and information related to Biden's finances. But in December, attorney Clinton Lancaster, who represents Roberts, accused Biden of "attempting to stifle discovery into his financial affairs." Finally, Roberts asked the court last week to hold Biden in contempt of court for allegedly withholding evidence and ignoring court orders.

What is happening now?

On Monday, Independence County Circuit Judge Holly Meyer presided over that contempt hearing.

At the hearing, Biden's high-dollar attorneys essentially painted their client as destitute, arguing that his only form of income comes from a New York art gallery. But they don't have records showing who bought his art or at what price it was purchased.

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Biden's lawyers objected to attempts by Roberts's team to frame him as privileged and wealthy, arguing that he has only traveled on Air Force One one time and "stayed on a cot in his dad's room in Dublin" during their recent Ireland visit. Biden no longer owns a Porsche, and his lawyer Brent Langdon indicated it was repossessed. Biden now drives an unspecified car given to him by celebrity lawyer Kevin Morris.

But Meyer had zero patience for games. She told both parties to comply with records requests and stop obstructing the legal process. She also told Biden he needed to prove his case and ordered him to comply with requests for financial documents by May 12.

"If you come saying you want to reduce your child support, you need to show me why," Meyer said, according to the Free Beacon.

Additionally, Meyer told Biden's attorneys that the "ability to redact is somewhat being abused," referring to the alleged concealing of certain information in ficnancial documents.

Meanwhile, Meyer ordered Biden and Roberts to attend all future court dates in person. The issue of whether Biden is in contempt of court will be decided at a later date, the judge said.

Biden has reportedly never met his daughter.

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