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Nelly sued for $20K card debt

By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Posted: 1 pm ET

American Express is turning up the heat on Nelly over an unpaid $20,000-plus credit card debt.

American Express filed a lawsuit in a Missouri court in October against the rap star, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr.

American Express is seeking the payment of a $20,403.64 credit card bill, which they claim Nelly never paid, plus an additional $3,000 in attorney's fees, according to several media reports.

A court hearing is scheduled for Jan. 9. The rap star, known for hit songs such as a "Hot in Herre" and "Dilemma," will kick off 2012 having to answer for a pretty massive credit card bill.

Will the new year find you grappling with some hefty credit card bills of your own? If you find yourself unable to pay a credit card bill, even the minimum payment, contact your issuer immediately. Getting behind on payments -- and ignoring your creditors -- could eventually result in a lawsuit, as in Nelly's case.

Be honest about your financial situation. Your credit card company may be able to offer a temporary hardship payment plan.

Another way to get a handle on your debt is by seeking help from a reputable nonprofit credit counselor. A free budgeting session with a counselor may help you find the money you need to pay off your bills. To find a counselor in your area, check out the National Foundation for Credit Counseling or the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies.

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6 Comments
Deadpool
December 29, 2011 at 10:38 am

This will get swept under the rug in a heartbeat. 20K?
That's a simple check from Nelly.