BATESVILLE, Ark. — Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, appeared in an Arkansas court Monday for a hearing in a paternity case.
An Arkansas woman, who is the mother of one of his children, alleged that Hunter Biden has ignored court orders requiring him to turn over records about his finances. She asked an Arkansas judge to hold him in contempt and send him to jail.
The woman, Lunden Roberts, accused Biden of failing to provide discovery in the case, saying he is “playing games with this court.”
Biden’s “actions are a willful and flagrant violation of this court’s previous order entered on the defendant’s motion,” Roberts’ lawyer, Jennifer Lancaster, wrote in a filing last month. “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.”
Independence County Circuit Judge Holly Meyer ruled last week that all parties must appear for a contempt hearing Monday to address the allegations.
Roberts said in a previous court filing that a DNA test “established with scientific certainty” that Hunter Biden is the father of her child. He had previously denied that he had fathered the 4-year-old child but agreed to take a paternity test. He agreed in 2020 to pay monthly child support, but the case remains ongoing.
Hunter Biden has become a target of Republicans over his financial dealings. His legal team met with prosecutors at the Justice Department last week to discuss potential charges in a criminal tax investigation.
NBC News has reported that federal prosecutors are considering charging Biden with two misdemeanor counts of failure to file taxes, a felony count of tax evasion related to a business expense for a year of taxes and a potential felony gun charge related to a firearms purchase.
Al Henkel reported from Batesville and Summer Concepcion from New York.