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A court filing on Thursday outlines the agreement with Lunden Roberts, the mother of their young daughter, however some details are hidden from the public’s view.
Hunter Biden, who had requested that his $20,000 monthly child support payments be lowered, will continue to provide money as part of the settlement, but the amount agreed upon is hidden under redactions.
What is made clear is that Biden agreed to assign the child a number of his paintings for a period of time, “which shall vary in size with a minimum size of 24×24,” according to the filing. “The child shall select the painting which shall either be sent to the child or sent to a gallery designated by Lunden Roberts. The net proceeds of any sales of paintings shall be wired to an account designated by Lunden Roberts,” the filing adds.
Biden’s paintings have been listed for as high as $500,000 and sold for up to $225,000, prompting ethics concerns for the White House and an alleged deal to keep buyers anonymous except to the gallery owner. When it was reported in 2020 that Biden had taken up art, he told The New York Times that painting was keeping him “sane” after years of drug addiction.
Sales of Biden’s artwork are one area of investigation for House Republicans, who are also looking into the financial dealings of Biden and other members of his family over concerns about corruption making its way to the White House. And in a federal inquiry, Hunter Biden recently agreed to a plea deal on tax and gun violations that could spare him of prison time.
Roberts, who has been identified as a former stripper from Arkansas, sued Biden for paternity and child support in the summer of 2019 shortly after it was reported that Biden had married another woman, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Biden initially denied having sexual relations with Roberts, but DNA testing showed “with scientific certainty” that he was the father of her daughter.
A 2020 settlement stipulated Biden pay $20,000 in child support every month retroactive to 2018, the year the child was born, but by last fall, the president’s son asked that the amount be decreased because of a “substantial material change” in his financial situation.
A lawyer for the 53-year-old Biden claimed in May that his client had already given $750,000 to Roberts, but Roberts accused Biden of “living lavishly” while pretending to be “financially destitute,” per Insider. A judge has ordered Biden to answer questions about his finances and art sales with a trial expected next month if a settlement had not been reached.
The settlement revealed on Thursday also includes the stipulation that Roberts withdraws her counterclaim for a name change of the child.
Roberts had requested that her daughter’s surname be changed to Biden, arguing it will “open opportunities for her just like it has for other members of the Biden family.” She also said in court filings in April that Biden has “never seen or contacted” his daughter and President Biden and first lady Jill Biden “remain estranged” from their granddaughter, according to CNN.