According to a 2009 report from the Office of Child Support Enforcement, parents across the U.S. owe more than $100 billion in unpaid child support.
Celebrities are not immune from this problem. Huffington Post compiled the following list of celebrity offenders who have had trouble meeting their child support obligations:
1. Levi Johnston – Johnston had a child with Bristol Palin in 2008 and reportedly owed more than $38,000 after failing to make any support payments for 22 consecutive months, instead spending his money on guns, boats, and four-wheelers.
2. Dennis Rodman – the eccentric former Chicago Bulls star was found in contempt of court in December 2012 and ordered to pay $500,000 in back child support to his ex-wife Michelle. Rodman had been previously sentenced to 100 hours of community service for missing support payments in 2009 and 2010.
3. Bobby Brown – the R&B singer has five children with four women. Brown spent three days in jail in 2007 for failing to pay $20,000 in child support and attorney’s fees to Kim Ward. A radio station bailed him out of jail in exchange for a week of interviews and personal appearances.
4. Evander Holyfield – the former boxer was found in contempt in September 2012 when he failed to pay more than $500,000 for one of his daughters. Holyfield has 12 children with six women.
5. Val Kilmer – Joanne Whalley, Kilmer’s ex-wife, went after the actor in 2011 for falling behind on child support payments for their two kids. Kilmer previously agreed to pay $27,500 per month. Whaley twice obtained liens on Kilmer’s house to ensure that he pays up.
6. Peter Cook – ex-husband of Christie Brinkley. Brinkley took Cook to court for $6,000 in missed support payments and $32,000 for educational expenses. Cook claimed that Brinkley owed him $25,000 because he watched their children while she performed on Broadway.
7. Francois-Henry Pinault – in 2011, supermodel Linda Evangelista accused the French billionaire of failing to pay her anything for the support of their son Augie. Evangelista took Pinault to court in New York and reportedly sought $46,000 per month in child support. The parties settled their case for an undisclosed sum in May 2012.
8. Terrell Owens – the former NFL player has children with four different women. Despite earning $80 million during his football career, Owens claimed that he was broke in 2011. He was later found in contempt of court and ordered to perform community service at a Goodwill store in Los Angeles.
9. Jon Gosselin – the former “Jon & Kate Plus 8” star claimed that he was unable to pay rent because of the high cost of his child support payments to his ex-wife Kate. Kate’s attorney disputed Gosselin’s claims and asserted that he had been relieved of his child support duties.
10. Allen Iverson – the former NBA star’s ex-wife claimed that he stopped depositing money in a joint bank account that she was using to pay for rent and other expenses for their five children. The couple settled their divorce in January 2013 and Iverson reportedly paid Tawanna a $3 million lump sum for child support and agreed to share a percentage of his profits from his endorsement with Reebok.
11. Jermaine Dupri – the rapper/producer was ordered to pay $2,500 per month in child support to the mother of his baby girl. Dupri was unable to pay and was sued by the mother.
12. Skeet Ulrich – the “Scream” star was charged with contempt in January 2013 for failing to pay more than $280,000 in back support to his ex-wife (Georgina Cates) for their two children.
13. Flavor Flav – the Public Enemy rapper almost served 180 days in jail in 2012 for owing more than $111,000 in child back support to the mother of three of his children. Flav avoided jail time by coming up with $25,000 and agreeing to pay off the arrearages at a rate of $1,200 per month. The rap star has seven children.
14. Edward Furlong – in addition to being arrested for violating a restraining order in 2011, the “Terminator 2” actor owed $15,000 in child support to his ex-wife (Rachael Kneeland). Furlong told a judge that he was “completely broke.”
15. Nas – the rapper was ordered in April 2010 to pay more than $47,000 in back child support to his ex-wife, “Milkshake” singer Kelis. In 2011, his support obligation was reduced to $5,000 per month due to economic troubles.
Source: Huffington Post, “Deadbeat Parents: 16 Celebs Who Reportedly Had Trouble Making Child Support Payments,” February 21, 2013