Hunter Biden asks for delay in child support suit, uses a coronavirus argument

Biden also cites wife's pregnancy, media crush of famous father running for president

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March 11, 2020 - 10:18am

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Lawyers for Hunter Biden have told an Arkansas court that their client cannot appear for a deposition Wednesday in a paternity suit – citing his wife's fast-approaching due date, concerns about traveling amid the coronavirus and his personal safety.

Biden is the son of 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden. He has been a focus of public attention in recent months for having been a board member for Burisma Holdings, a major natural gas producer in Ukraine. 

Hunter Biden's lawyers have also asked the judge in the Arkansas case to resume proceedings after the November elections.

The case was brought by Lunden Alexis Roberts, who is seeking child support. 

In their request to the court, Biden's lawyers say their client faces “some physical risks” due to heightened media scrutiny.

“Defendant is one again the subject of intense media scrutiny arising from President Trump, Republicans Senators and others politically motivated to thwart Vice-President Joseph R. Biden’s nomination as the Democratic candidate for President as he has one again become the frontrunner fro nomination as the Democratic Presidential candidate,” reads the request from Biden lawyers.

Biden has avoided appearances in court, despite being legally declared the father of Roberts' child. 

The case is currently set for trial on May 13.