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Dennis Rodman's sentencing delayed

Attorney for the former Newport resident, NBA star is seeking to vacate the ruling on four counts of contempt of court. Presiding commissioner says there will be no jail time, but probably community service.

March 27, 2012|By Lauren Williams
  • Former NBA star Dennis Rodman leaves the Lamoreaux Justice Center in Orange with his ex-wife, Michelle Rodman. Michelle Rodman had two children with Rodman. The three of them live in Costa Mesa.
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman leaves the Lamoreaux Justice… (STEVEN GEORGES,…)

ORANGE — Dennis Rodman hasn't rebounded from his personal and financial woes.

The former NBA star, whose loud parties once riled his Newport Beach neighbors, made an appearance Tuesday at the Lamoreaux Justice Center, where he faced possible jail time for unpaid spousal and child support.

However, the 50-year-old saw his sentencing moved to May 29, pending a court decision in which is his attorney, Linnea Willis, is seeking to vacate the ruling on four counts of contempt of court.

Commissioner Barry S. Michaelson, who presided over Tuesday's case, said there will be no jail time at Rodman's sentencing in May, and that community service would most likely be applied to one contempt of court charge.

The charges stemmed from four months of allegedly unpaid spousal and child support he owes to his most recent ex-wife, Michelle Rodman, 44, court documents show.

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Rodman owes her $808,935 in child support and $51,441 in spousal support, according to the documents her attorney, Jack Kayajanian, filed on her behalf.

But Willis said that figure is based on an unjustified order, where Rodman was ordered to pay $50,000 a month based on Kayajanian's estimate that he earned $30 million a year.

Michaelson threw out the $50,000 Rodman owed because he said it was an unreasonable amount.

Willis said she found evidence that Rodman made payments to his former wife during the months he was found in contempt.

"I will not make the same mistake as my opposing counsel, Mr. Kayajanian, in presuming how the court will sentence Dennis," she said in a prepared statement. "We are, however, hopeful that it will not include jail time, as he has never been found in contempt previously, did not do any willful acts of misconduct, has paid support to the best of his ability, and in light of the additional evidence of payments submitted to the court."

Rodman appeared in court in noticeably tamer apparel: a white blazer, black button-down shirt, Converse tennis shoes and a Chicago Bulls hat. His oft-dyed hair was a natural brown, and graying in the back.

Willis said Rodman continues to draw a six-figure salary.

However, in court documents filed March 2 on his behalf, his financial advisor Peggy Williams, who also goes by Peggy King, said that Rodman doesn't have a bank account or any savings, and that he owes back taxes in excess of $350,000.

Willis told the Daily Pilot on Monday that Rodman owes closer to $100,000 in back taxes.

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