Warrant Issued For Brown...
[Boston Channel Report]
Warrant Issued For Singer Bobby
Court Officials Say They Can't Confirm If Entertainer Is Hospitalized
POSTED: 11:48 am EDT June 1, 2005
UPDATED: 8:04 pm EDT June 1, 2005
BOSTON -- An arrest warrant was issued for singer Bobby Brown Wednesday
after he failed to show up for a scheduled appearance in Norfolk County
Probate Court in Canton, Mass., according to court officials.
NewsCenter 5's Pam Cross reported that
Brown's lawyer said Brown did not show for his court appearance because he
is hospitalized in Atlanta, but court officials have not been able to
confirm if that's the case.
"He's no different than any other person who appears before me. He has an
obligation to search for employment and get employment, and he needs to do
it and fulfill his obligations," Probate Court Judge Paula Carey said.
On May 4, a judge called Brown into a Dedham, Mass., courtroom to question
the R&B singer about why he failed to create an educational trust fund for
the two children he has with an ex-girlfriend. The entertainer is married to
singer Whitney Houston.
Brown, who grew up in Boston, owes money to Kim Ward, the mother of his two
Last year, he was ordered to jail for a day for failure to pay child
support. Until early May, Brown was three months behind in those payments.
The latest problem was that Brown failed to pay $176,000 into a college fund
for the boy and girl, who are teens.
"The payments were supposed to be made in October and December of last year.
Those payments were not made," Jerry DeLuca of the probation department said
Brown's explanation for the delay in payment was that a contract he
anticipated signing last year didn't happen. He then agreed to put the
proceeds of a new contract into the trust, making payments every 60 days.
Brown got a scolding from the judge to pay up on time.
"You can't wait three months. It's go to be paid each and every month.
Whatever you plan, I hope this contract works, and I hope that gets you on
track so you are able to consistently pay your child support in a timely
manner," Carey told the singer in May.
Later, Brown tried to explain.
"I've been shooting a television show, and recording an album. It's hard for
me. It's easy to not know," Brown said.
Brown has had other legal troubles. In January 2003, he was sent to jail for
a drunken driving conviction. The following February, he was back behind
bars for violating his probation.
"I do not believe that he has no money. I believe he does not have assets in
his name, but he does have the ability to reach assets in name of others,"
Linda Medonis, attorney for the mother of Brown's children, said.
"He hasn't worked in years himself. And this is his child support obligation
and, frankly, Whitney Houston, if this is the resource that everyone is
referring to, she is under no obligation to pay that for him and this is his
obligation," said Brown's attorney Melissa Whish.
Last May, he was charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly hitting his
NEWSFILE: 1 JUNE 2005