According to AccessAtlanta, troubled music producer Jermaine Dupri Mauldin has been sued by a woman for missed child support payments.
Earlier this year, a judge ordered Dupri, 38, to pay former stripper Sarai Jones $2,500 per month in child support based on the results of a paternity test for Jones’ 7-month-old daughter. Dupri was also ordered to pay Jones an additional $7,500.
But Dupri, whose money problems are well-documented, has yet to come up with the money, so Jones went back to court to force him to pay up.
Dupri reportedly met Jones during one of his many side trips to Atlanta strip bar Magic City, where Jones worked as a stripper under the name “Obsession”.
According to a source close to Dupri, the diminutive producer often hid Sarai (and her stripper friends) in the back room of his Atlanta recording studio while Janet visited with him in the main studio. Friends say that Janet knew Jermaine was spending her money on strippers (and she even participated in ménage à trois with them), but her attitude at the time was, “whatever makes him happy.”
Jermaine’s world began to unravel quickly when Jackson learned of Sarai’s pregnancy and ended her relationship with Dupri before moving back to California.
Without Janet as collateral, Jermaine could no longer secure financial loans and creditors began pursuing him aggressively through the court system for their money.
Last week, Dupri’s $2 million Mount Paran Road mansion in Northwest Atlanta was saved from the auction block when Dupri came up with cash at the last minute.
WSB-TV obtained documents showing that Dupri owes more than $493,000 in back taxes for 2007. Plus he owes more than $12,000 in property taxes on the Fayetteville home where his mother currently lives.
Dupri’s longtime friend, local club owner Alex Gidewon, helped Dupri out by hiring him to deejay at the Gold Room and other clubs last year.
According to sources, Durpri is paid up to $10,000 for deejaying gigs around the country.