Hilary Duff's father has been jailed for contempt of court.
Hilary Duff's father jailed for contempt of court.
Robert Duff was reportedly arrested and sent by a judge
to a Texas county jail for allegedly violating an injunction by selling
assets without court approval.
He must pay the $368,000 he earned from the sale into a court fund and serve
10 days in jail.
The arrest came following an earlier dispute between the 20-year-old
singer's parents over her birthday party.
Robert and Susan - who have been involved in a bitter divorce battle for
two-and-a-half years - appeared in court after Susan requested $25,000 to
spend on presents and a party for Hilary's 21st birthday next month - the
same sum she claims they spent on elder daughter Haylie's 21st in 2006.
A lawyer for Robert asked Susan - who claimed she relies on financial help
from Hilary to pay lawyers' fees and other bills - if her "adult millionaire
daughter would be upset if she did not receive an expensive gift and party
for her birthday".
Susan replied that her daughter "is emotionally upset by the abandonment of
her father and deserves to have some kind of recognition for a young life
well lived", before claiming he currently spends his cash on buying his
girlfriend's sons gifts.
Robert was ordered to pay $12,500 to Susan for Hilary's birthday, before
being arrested for contempt of court.
His lawyer says he plans to appeal.