Arrest Warrant Issued for Bobby Brown

06/02/2005 at 08:00 AM EDT

Arrest Warrant Issued for Bobby Brown
Bobby Brown
Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP
An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday in a Massachusetts family court for singer Bobby Brown after he failed to appear for a child-support hearing regarding former girlfriend Kim Ward and their two children.

Brown reportedly is at least $60,000 behind in child-support payments and $43,000 behind in setting up a college fund.

Brown's attorney, Melissa Whish, told Probate Court Judge Paula Carey that Brown – sick with a "stomach virus" and too ill to travel – was being treated by a doctor in Atlanta, Ga., where he lives with his wife, singer Whitney Houston, according to Patrick McDermott, the court's Register of Probate.

McDermott said the judge might have postponed the hearing if there had been documented proof of the illness, reports the Associated Press.

Facing TV reporters Wednesday, attorney Whish said Brown is strapped for the cash because "he hasn't worked in years" and his upcoming reality show on Bravo, Being Bobby Brown, has yet to air, according to WCVB-TV.

Whish added that Houston "is under no legal obligation" to make good on her husband's debts.

Brown, who has a history of drug and alcohol arrests, was sentenced to 90 days in prison last June for missing three months of child-support payments. That sentence was immediately suspended after Brown made good on about $15,000.

Brown was also jailed for a day in March 2004 after he failed to pay $63,000 he owed to Ward. He was released after he made the payment.

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