Mekhi Phifer has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection due to some serious debts. These debts include $1.2 million in back taxes, $50,000 in lawyer bills and $4,500 in unpaid child support, for a total of $1.3 million dollars.
One wonders how a busy actor like Mekhi Phifer would end up in this situation. Well, he reportedly spends close to $11,600 each month and only brings in about $7500 for the month.
Just goes to show, you don't mess with the IRS. Or the mothers of your children.
He has two kids he is supporting, Omikaye, 15, and Mekhi Jr., 6. The oldest is a son he had with ex-wife, actress Malinda Williams. The younger is a son he had with ex-girlfriend Oni Souratha.
On the upside, it looks like his love life has settled down a little. He married Reshelet Barnes at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills in April 2013. Too bad that won't be said about his financial situation anytime soon.
Despite his money woes, he has been pretty successful in his professional life. He played a role in "Divergent", which was box office gold to the tune of $56 million back in March and is still going strong. It has already brought in $250 million worldwide and will get a sequel, "Insurgent", in which Phifer is already on board to continue his role as Max.
He has also appeared lately in numerous TV shows like "Lie to Me" and "Torchwood", as well as recurring role in Showtime's "House of Lies".
So, how exactly does he only bring in about as much as, say, an upper-middle class Joe? Hmm.
Well, hopefully Phifer can get back on his feet with help from his bankruptcy filing and put all of his thoughts and efforts into making great movies and TV shows.
Maybe after this fiasco, he will add budgeting to his long list of talents?
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