Radio host and political commentator Steve Gill currently faces a $170,000 bond after he was booked into the Williamson County Jail Tuesday for failure to pay child support to his ex-wife.
Gill currently hosts a show on WLAC and is one of the founders of the political media site Tennessee Star. He served as the director of intergovernmental affairs for the U.S. Trade Representative in 1992 and ran unsuccessfully twice for Congress in 1994 and 1996.
In May of this year, Judge James Martin ordered that Gill pay $170,000 to his ex-wife, Kathryn Gill, within 10 days. This responds to a petition for civil contempt filed by Kathryn Gill, who claimed her ex-husband had failed to pay his child support dues between 2011-2017. The couple divorced in 2011.
The original plan upon divorce required Steve Gill to pay monthly installments to his ex-wife in addition to splitting medical and schooling expenses, including college tuition. Though both children have now graduated from college, Kathryn Gill filed in January of this year, claiming she did not receive her ex-husband’s full share of these payments.
Steve Gill did not answer the petition or appear before the court upon this filing, and the matter was set for a hearing on April 30. On that date, the evidence showed he indeed neglected his regular payments and shared expenses, accruing a debt of nearly $166,000 to his ex-wife.
Additionally, the court found that Steve Gill had broken a verbal agreement to pay $5,500 towards a car for the children.
The total amount the court found against Steve Gill neared $176,000, and seeing he had the ability to pay, the court ruled in mid-May that he must shell out nearly all of the arrearage by the end of the month. The court also awarded Kathryn Gill almost $70,000 more against her ex-husband to account for attorney fees, compensation for unreceived payments and related expenses.
Steve Gill is now behind bars because of his failure to pay the required $170,000 within the 10-day window of the ruling. He will be held in contempt of court until he relinquishes the full amount.