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Chicago rapper sentenced to rehab amid ongoing child support case

After several months of run-ins with the law, famous rapper Chief Keef has been sent to jail once again for failing a drug test. The rapper, whose legal name is Keith Cozart, has been sentenced to 90 days in rehab. The drug tests were part of a probationary program that was established after Cozart was arrested in May for driving at an excessive speed in Northfield. He was caught on the Edens Expressway traveling over 100 miles per hour.

The arrest comes while the rapper is involved with two child support lawsuits. In the first case, a woman is accusing Cozart of contempt for failure to pay child support. Cozart missed the Oct. 21 court date because he was in jail for failing a separate drug test, but his lawyer appeared for him. The Cook County judge presiding over the case ordered the 18-year-old rapper to turn over the full amount of child support funds that are owed. According to the woman's lawyers, Cozart has signed documents stating that he fathered the woman's child. Another court hearing is scheduled for Dec. 10 at the Daley Center in Chicago.

The second lawsuit involves a 29-year-old woman who claims that Cozart is the father of her child, born on Jan. 28 of this year. The lawsuit was filed in June, but it is not certain yet whether or not Cozart will be required to make child support payments.

While Keef is relatively new to fame, the plaintiff in the first child support suit may choose to have the payment amounts increased if Keef's rap career continues to succeed. His Interscope Records debut, "Finally Rich," was released in December of 2012, and he has since moved from the Chicago neighborhood of Englewood to the North Shore suburb of Northbrook. Child support payment amounts are often adjusted when one party's income changes substantially, and the plaintiff would be within her rights to try getting larger monthly amounts if it is in the best interests of the child.


Source: 
abclocal.go.com, "Chief Keef goes back to jail" No author given, Nov. 06, 2013

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