Two months after being sentenced to jail for failing to show up for a child support hearing, Chicago rapper Chief Keef has paid just enough of his debt to avoid being arrested.
The 18-year-old was ordered to appear in court on September 5 to explain why he hasn’t paid the mother of his child almost $21,000 in child support. When he failed to show up, the judge issued a warrant for his arrest. If police were to find him after the warrant was issued, they would have been able to take him straIght to jail and hold him until he paid roughly 1/5 of the child support payment.
On October 21, a Cook County, Illinois, judge ordered Chief Keef to pay $11,000. The “Hate Bein’ Sober” rapper wisely made the payment and managed to avoid jail time. However, he is due back in court on December 10 to address repeatedly skipping his previous court dates.
The child’s mother filed a lawsuit against Chief Keef — real name Keith Cozart — in January, and a judge ordered him to pay $2,600 a month in child support, plus $500 for daycare expenses. According to court documents, the mother is attending a Chicago middle school. She gave birth to daughter Kayden Kash in 2011, when Chief Keef was 15. He is expecting a son, Mon’e, with another woman.
Chief Keef is currently in rehab for the next three months to address his addiction to marijuana. When he finishes his stay, he will head back to Illinois to work at a horse therapy facility for disabled patients, including children. Keef said of the community service, “I like working with kids.”
In August, a judge ordered Chief Keef to pay $230,000 for failing to respond to a lawsuit filed by Team Major, a concert promotion company. Team Major filed the lawsuit in January after the young rapper failed to show up for a concert in London on December 29, 2012. The Washington-based company said they lost out on $75,000, including an advance paid to Keef. After four months without any reply from the rapper, a judge ruled in Team Major’s favor.
[Photo credit: Kayden Kash Cozart / Instagram]