An Arkansas judge has nixed Hunter Biden‘s bid to put off his child support deposition until after most of the key Democratic primaries are over, according to a news report.
“He needs to make himself available unless his hair is on fire,” Circuit Court Judge Holly Meyer fired back at Biden’s lawyers during a conference call Wednesday, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “He needs to be in Arkansas and he needs to be in a deposition.”
Biden, 50, the son of former vice president and Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, had asked Meyer to postpone his deposition until April.
That would place the questioning after the March dates of many of the decisive state primaries — including Super Tuesday next week — in which his father is battling for the Democratic party’s nomination.
The younger Biden is a defendant in a paternity suit filed by former stripper Lunden Alexis Roberts, 28.
Biden denied fathering the child, but the court determined last month that he was the father of the toddler identified as Baby Doe.
A pretrial hearing in the case is scheduled for March 13, but Roberts’ attorneys had asked that Biden give a deposition before then.
This week, Biden’s lawyers asked to put it off.
“My client can be available April 1, 2020,” Biden attorney Brent Langdon said in court this week. “My client cannot be available prior to that date.”
But Meyer would have none of it — and demanded an explanation during the conference call.
“My questions to you is, why could your client not be available until after April 1?” the judge asked Langdon. “All the information I have is that he’s unemployed.”
“It’s not good enough for him to just say, ‘I’m not available,’” she said. “I need to know why he’s not available or where he is or what could possibly be more important than what’s going in this case.”
The judge said Biden will have to show up for the deposition on March 11 or 12.
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