A 1990s-era pop singer has been arrested and charged for allegedly owing more than $400,000 in unpaid child support for two of his seven children. Although he denies owing child support arrears in that amount, the singer has agreed to begin making payments, beginning with an $11,000 lump sum payment and continuing with more than $1,000 in weekly installments.
Steven Bernard Hill, better known as Stevie B, is best known for his 1990 hit "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)," which hit the top of the Billboard popular music chart that year. He has not had a hit song of that magnitude since, but continues to make a living as a musician, and was actually arrested during a concert.
Stevie B is accused of owing $420,000 to the mother of two daughters, ages 17 and 18. The singer has denied owing that amount, claiming that there is an "enormous discrepancy" between what he believes he owes and what the mother is claiming he owes.
However, in order to be released from jail, he negotiated an agreement to begin making payments on the $420,000 debt, starting with one $10,000 lump sum payment and continuing weekly installments of $921. He reportedly paid an extra $1000 on the initial payment and is paying $500 extra on each weekly payment "as a gesture of good will," according to his family law attorney.
Stevie B currently lives in Las Vegas with his wife of 20 years and the couple's three children. In addition to the two daughters at issue in his arrest, he has two other children from his first marriage.
Source: Associated Press, "Singer Stevie B denies Mass. child support figure," Denise Lavoie, Oct. 5, 2011