Father of Hilary Duff Sentenced to Jail Over Cash for the Star's Birthday Party

Judge sentenced Bob Erhard Duff to10 days in jail for selling stocks without his estranged wife's consent, which is a violation to their divorce settlement.

AceShowbiz - The family drama in the Duff's clan is going to the worse level. Bob Erhard Duff, the father of celebrity siblings %cHilary Duff% and %cHaylie Duff%, has on Wednesday, August 27 been sentenced to 10 days in jail for contempt of court for violating a court order in his divorce case with his daughters' mother Susan Colleen Cobb that prohibited him from selling off assets without her consent.

The Houston Chronicle which broke report on Bob's arrest wrote on its site that he and Susan argued during the hearing in family court over cash for Hilary's upcoming 21st birthday. She asked a total of $25,000 from him to pay for a present and party that will measure up to the one they threw for older sister Haylie back in 2006.

At the hearing, Susan even testified that the $10,000 monthly support payments she receives from Bob are not even enough to pay her own bills thus she couldn't afford paying for such lavish birthday bash for Hilary who's going to turn 21 on September 28. She furthermore revealed to have been relying on Hilary for financial help to pay her legal and other bills.

Insisting Hilary deserves the party and present "to have some kind of recognition for a young life well-lived", Susan claimed her celebrity daughter "is emotionally upset by the abandonment of her father." She alleged that Bob could get the money she asks from the same place he got money to buy presents for the sons of his current girlfriend.

The hearing turned into a heated argument when lawyers for Bob and Susan wouldn't stop accusing each other of "lying and acting unethically." Both parties stopped arguing only after Judge Thomas Stansbury ordered Bob to pay $12,500 to Susan for Hilary's birthday. The worst of all was when Stansbury sentenced Bob to 10 days behind bars, accusing him for contempt of court for selling stocks last month.

Earning $367,537 from his action, Bob was ordered to hand over the cash to a court repository which will be in charge to hold the cash while his and Susan's divorce battle keeps rolling. Bob, at the end of the hearing, was fingerprinted by the authorities and handcuffed. No comment just yet from either Hilary or Haylie about their father's arrest.

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