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Producer Scott Storch Coughs Up $20K in Child Support, Avoids Jail

Scott Storch used to be one of the biggest music producers in the game, crafting hits for the likes of Dr. Dre and Christina Aguilera. Then in 2006, a serious cocaine habit derailed Storch's career and cost him his fortune.

Now the down-on-his-luck producer is embroiled in a child support dispute with Vanessa Bellido, TMZ reports. Earlier in the month, a Florida court ordered that Storch be arrested immediately for failing to pay $28,300 in child support. Fortunately Storch coughed up $20,000 and avoided jail time.

Storch started his music career as a keyboardist for The Roots before branching out into production work. He quickly became a heavy hitter in the game, producing 50 Cent's "Candy Shop," Dr. Dre's "Still D.R.E.," and Fat Joe's "Lean Back."

Over the years, however, the legendary producer developed an equally legendary cocaine habit, earning him the nickname "Scott Snort." According to Storch, it wasn't the cost of the drug itself that did him in, but the terrible decisions he made while high on it.

"The cost of the drug didn't affect my life," Storch told MTV News back in 2009. "It was the poor decisions I made, that were so poor financially, that caused me to go into this situation where I was forced to change my lifestyle ... forced to change a lot of things."

The habit cost Storch his fortune, including a mansion in Miami, a $20 million yacht, and a fleet of sports cars. It also took priority over his child support obligations apparently.

Earlier in the month, Bellido claimed that Storch owes her around $28,300 in back child support. As a result, a Florida court ordered that Storch be arrested for failing to pay up. The producer escaped jail by writing a check for $20,000.

Had Storch failed to pay up, the court could have seized his property, garnished his royalties, or taken his tax refund. It also could have held him in contempt of court and thrown him in jail. However, criminal contempt orders are pretty rare, since a parent stuck in jail would have a hard time earning money to pay off child support.

Storch has six months to produce the remaining $8,300 he owes Bellido. Hopefully his drug habit doesn't get in the way. Storch was busted back in February for possession of cocaine, according to TMZ.

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