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story.lead_photo.caption FILE — In this 2012 file photo, Hunter Biden waits for the start of his father's debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

An Arkansas woman is suing the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, alleging that he is the father of her baby.

Thus far, she’s been unable to serve him with the papers, her attorney said.

Lunden Alexis Roberts filed a petition for paternity and child support against Robert Hunter Biden in Independence County on May 28, days after Hunter Biden reportedly married another woman in California.

The two-page suit states that Roberts and Hunter Biden “were in a relationship” and that “Baby Doe” was born in August 2018 “as a result of that relationship.”

It doesn’t say how or where they met or offer other personal details.


Petition for paternity and child support filed against Hunter Biden


Hunter Biden, who has spent most of his life on the East Coast, was born in Wilmington, Del. His father was U.S. senator for that state from 1973 to 2009. Joe Biden, who entered the 2020 presidential race in April, is leading the Democratic field in early polling.

The paternity case has been assigned to 16th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Don McSpadden.

No court date has been set.

Roberts is asking the court to establish that Hunter Biden, 49, is the baby’s biological father, award her child support and require him to provide health insurance for the infant; out-of-pocket health care expenses would be evenly divided, according to the filing. The mother is also seeking fees, costs and “all other just and proper relief.”

Clint Lancaster of The Lancaster Law Firm in Benton is representing Roberts.

Through her attorney, Roberts declined to comment on the lawsuit or her ties to Hunter Biden.

“She really values her privacy,” Lancaster said.

In her eyes, “this is a parenting and child support issue between her and Mr. Biden,” he said.

“She really does not want this to be a media spectacle. She does not want this to affect Joe Biden’s campaign. She just wants this baby to get financial support from the baby’s father,” Lancaster added.

Hunter Biden did not respond to multiple messages that were left on his office answering machine at a Washington, D.C., number Wednesday. The phone number was obtained from the state of Connecticut’s judicial branch website, which includes contact information for attorneys licensed to practice law within the state. Hunter Biden is an attorney.

The suit describes Hunter Biden as a resident of Annapolis, Md. No address for him is listed on the summons that was filed.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette emailed five spokesmen for the Joe Biden presidential campaign Wednesday afternoon and evening, and called and texted a campaign staff member. No responses were received as of 8 p.m.

“We have been in contact with Hunter Biden’s attorney. We have attempted to work with Hunter and his attorney to settle this issue but that has not been successful. We are attempting to serve Mr. Biden,” Lancaster said in an email Wednesday afternoon.

In Arkansas, defendants are supposed to be served with the summons and a copy of the lawsuit within 120 days of its filing, though judges sometimes grant extensions for good cause.

The petition doesn’t indicate whether Hunter Biden has any ties to the state.

That won’t be a bar to the paternity determination, according to Dustin A. Duke, former managing attorney for the Center for Arkansas Legal Services.

The mother’s and child’s ties to the state will suffice, said Duke, who has a Little Rock law firm.

“If they’re living here in Arkansas, then Arkansas [is] generally going to have jurisdiction over paternity of the child,” he said.

Lack of ties to Arkansas, however, could complicate efforts to obtain child support, Duke said.

“If he’s never stepped foot in the state of Arkansas, if he has no connection to the state of Arkansas, then child support actually has to be decided in whatever state he lives in,” Duke said.

Hunter Biden, a graduate of Georgetown University and the Yale Law School, is a member of the bar in Connecticut and the District of Columbia, and has worked as an attorney, lobbyist and a private equity investment partner.

For a time, he served on Amtrak’s board of directors.

More recently, Hunter Biden has dealt with drug problems and marital difficulties.

In May of 2013, he was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve but tested positive for cocaine the following month and was discharged early in 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Soon thereafter, he joined the board of directors of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas company, receiving as much as $50,000 per month for his work, according to The New York Times . While on the board, his father successfully pressured the Ukrainian government to fire Viktor Shokin, a prosecutor who was raising questions about the company’s owner, the Times added. (The prosecutor had faced criticism from other Western officials. The vice president has said the decision wasn’t influenced by his son’s work there.)

In August of 2015, Hunter Biden was listed as a customer of Ashley Madison, a website for people seeking to cheat on their significant others. He denied that the account was his, though it listed his name and email address.

He and his wife, Kathleen, separated later that year, eventually divorcing in 2017.

In a Feb. 23, 2017, court filing, the mother of three accused her estranged husband of “spending extravagantly on his own interests (including drugs, alcohol, prostitutes, strip clubs and gifts for women with whom he has sexual relations), while leaving the family with no funds to pay legitimate bills,” The Associated Press reported.

On May 16, Hunter Biden married a South African native, Melissa Cohen, according to Page Six and TMZ.

Print Headline: Paternity suit in state lists Joe Biden’s son, 49


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Archived Comments

  • Waitjustaminute
    June 20, 2019 at 7:22 a.m.

    Ain't he a catch?

  • Skeptic1
    June 20, 2019 at 8:56 a.m.

    Such a fine example of Democrat family values.

  • GandKW
    June 20, 2019 at 9:04 a.m.

    He should run for president.

  • ZeebronZ
    June 20, 2019 at 9:47 a.m.

    Tally HO! The chase begins.

  • 23cal
    June 20, 2019 at 9:53 a.m.

    I knew at least one someone like Septic would come on with "Democratic family values" or some equally vapid crap.
    The elected officials of both parties have children who step out of line. Asa's son has his problems for sure. Huckabee's son tortured and killed a dog at a Boy Scout camp. The son of an Arkansas Rep. Steve Womack was arrested on 11 counts, including possession of methamphetamine or cocaine with intent to deliver.
    Septic is so filled with hatred she can't admit that it isn't party values when an elected official's child gets in trouble and that it happens to both.
    Pathetic. That kind of pathological hatred is deplorable indeed.

  • GeneralMac
    June 20, 2019 at 10:05 a.m.

    ( 5th to last pareagraph )

    A Ukrainian company company puts a cocaine user on its Board of Directors and pays him $50,000 a MONTH ?

    Presidential candidate Joe Biden will NOT get a free pass on HIS involvement in that deal.

    Expect Democrats and Republicans to pound him on this.

  • mrcharles
    June 20, 2019 at 10:41 a.m.

    septic tank, once again your smell runneth over. But it is what it is.

    by the way , septic tank you gave me the perfect lead in to mention your deity's son or as they say one who talked to himself, often. who said F your family run away and ignore them, let the dogs eat them, and/or let them starve cause that is part of my message. Tell me it aint so?

    talking primates and before they were talking, had this propensity to covet the female of the species even when they smelled, had bad teeth and to be honest, were ugly as heck. Just because we cleaned up a little, that built in desire has never left us. Therefore either evolution is to blame or that magestic creator of the universe [ know to screw up a lot of its designed designs] did this, and I give hunter a pass.

    GM here is relevant.

  • Packman
    June 20, 2019 at 10:58 a.m.

    "Soon thereafter, he joined the board of directors of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas company, receiving as much as $50,000 per month for his work, according to The New York Times . While on the board, his father successfully pressured the Ukrainian government to fire Viktor Shokin, a prosecutor who was raising questions about the company’s owner, the Times added." Why hasn't this been investigated for various crimes such as blackmail and influence peddling on behalf of then Vice-President Biden?

  • eaglescout
    June 20, 2019 at 11:09 a.m.

    I'm with PACKMAN. Hey, uncle Joe here's your scandal you have publically denied having.

  • GeneralMac
    June 20, 2019 at 11:40 a.m.

    Low wage earners worry any pot smoking might be detected as they get drug tested for low paying job.

    Ukarainian company doesn't care.
    Hires cocaine user " soon there after" being kicked out of Navy as an officer using cocaine.

    Low paying job offer?

    Nah.........." $50,000 per month"

    It's not what you know but WHO you know.

    same old,same old