Jermaine Jackson, 52, has been hit with a lawsuit, alleging he has failed to pay more than $35,000 in child support payments. Jackson’s ex, Alejandra Jackson filed papers in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming Jermaine owes nearly $35,550 for the upkeep for their two children, Jermajesty and Jaffar. Alejandra states her ex-husband’s mother Katherine has had to help her out financially and has even given her “gift cards ranging between $300 and $400 to purchase groceries for thier children. Alejandra also accuses Jermaine of lying to the court when he claimed he only made $35,000 in 2008.
What’s crazy about this entire scenario is that Jermaine’s ex-wife was also once involved with his little brother Randy and in addition to Jermaine’s two sons, Alejandra has two teenage children from her previous relationship with Randy — Genevieve, 17, and Randy Jr., 14 and Jermaine has six other children from previous relationships.
On a document included in the filing, Alejandra Jackson indicates that, since August, she has been making only $15 per hour working as a personal assistant, she has no health insurance and she had to borrow $500 from her aunt to pay legal fees. She also lists her total assets from her partnership in a Colombian clothing design business as negative $198. Her income is listed at an average of $81 a month, with no overtime, commissions or bonuses, or investments to boost that figure in any way. Alejandra said Jermaine’s mother, Katherine, tries to help out when things get really dire.
“Occasionally and not consistently Mrs. Jackson will give me a couple hundred dollars for food or other expenses I need,” Alejandra stated in court documents.
Several expenses and past-due bills are listed in the court documents, as well as a wish list that includes health insurance for the kids and tutoring for Jermajesty. Once she and the kids move to their own place, Alejandra states, they will need, among other things, approximately $7,000 for rent (based on the going rate for a five-bedroom home), $2,500 for groceries and supplies, $1,800 for utilities and $1,000 for pet expenses.
Alejandra also seeks sole custody, and states in the filing that Jackson is responsible for $22,741 in debts and unpaid loans.
In his declaration opposing her requests, Jackson maintains that he continues to have “a healthy, happy relationship” with the children, and that his wife’s motion for full custody, considering that they have successfully shared time with the kids so far, is “nothing more than a litigation tactic.”
“I do not object to an appropriate level of child support,” Jackson wrote. “However, the reality is that [Alejandra] has knowingly misled this court into believing that I have income which I do not. I currently do not have any employment. …Thus I find myself in a Catch-22 situation where while I need money, I also need to be very cognizant of what employment I do undertake so as not to degrade my market value and ability to obtain legitimate work in the future. Unfortunately (and sadly), this troubling situation is very common in the entertainment industry.”