Lawyers representing Hunter Biden in a child support case involving his baby mama, a 28 year-old former stripper, told a judge in Arkansas today that he will not be able to attend a deposition scheduled to take place this week because of coronavirus and his pregnant wife’s upcoming due date.
“It is unsafe for the Defendant to travel, as travel restrictions have been implemented both domestically and internationally, particularly on airlines, due to the Coronavirus,” Biden’s attorney wrote in a court filing. “Setting aside personal endangerment, Defendant reasonably believes that such travel unnecessarily exposes his wife and unborn child to this virus.”
Melissa Cohen Biden, Biden’s wife who he married last year after knowing her for just six days, is due to give birth to their first child together in two and a half weeks or less. They are currently renting a $3.9 million home in Los Angeles at $12,000 per month, meaning that Biden would have had to fly to Arkansas to appear in court, according to the Daily Caller.
Biden is being sued for child support by Lunden Alexis Roberts months after a DNA test proved that he was the father of her child. His lawyers had previously argued that he should not have to appear at the deposition, saying that doing so would be “unduly burdensome and oppressive.” They also cited the “intense media scrutiny” surrounding the case, given the fact that his father, former Vice President Joe Biden, is running for president.
“The tremendously elevated media scrutiny creates some physical risks and logistics difficulties with travel to Arkansas,” Biden’s lawyers said in the filing.
Last month, Circuit Judge Holly Meyer denied Biden’s request to delay the deposition and ordered him to appear.
“He needs to make himself available and unless his hair is on fire, he needs to be in Arkansas and he needs to be in a deposition,” Meyer said to Biden’s lawyer at the time.
Democrats are reportedly wary of how Biden’s testimony could impact his father’s campaign, as he will likely have to testify about his finances, which have come under scrutiny amidst the probe into his business dealings with Ukraine.