You’d probably assume that the type of people to throw a $40,000 baby shower would be rolling in dough, right? Yeah…no. In the case of Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott, the aforementioned shower held for their upcoming fifth bébé unfortunately coincided with another notable event: McDermott being summoned to court for missed spousal support payments. Cue sad trombone.
The story’s a familiar one: Mary-Jo Eustace, McDermott’s ex-wife of 13 years, filed an affidavit on January 25 claiming that McDermott has failed to pay eight instalments of spousal support since July 1, 2016, amounting to $6,000 plus interest and attorney fees. According to court documents, McDermott is due in Los Angeles Superior Court on March 9 to respond to his ex’s charges.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that Spelling and McDermott have faced financial difficulties. In the past year alone, they’ve been slapped with a $400,000 lawsuit over an unpaid bank loan dating back four years, as well as a lawsuit by American Express over failure to pay more than $87,000 in credit card debt. And despite Spelling’s repeated claims that the family is doing just fine financially, they were also issued a tax lien last summer for failure to pay more than a quarter of a million dollars in back taxes to the state of California. (FYI, having a tax lien placed on you is very bad news. It means that the Spelling-McDermotts could have their house seized by the state – that is, if they weren’t renters. Their current home rents for a ‘reasonable’ $9,500 a month. Hmmm.)
Honestly, we wish no ill to the Spelling-McDermotts, who seem like a reasonably happy, stable (and crazy fertile) couple; their kids are cute and they’ve cultivated a fan base that seems to adore their wholesome Hollywood brood and brand. But we’re crossing our fingers that McDermott steps up and acknowledges his responsibilities, and that Eustace receives the months of back payments that she and her son clearly deserve.
Because you know what they say – karma’s a b*tch.