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Anthony Ordered to Attend Hearing

June 15, 2001

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NEW YORK (AP) _ A Queens Family Court judge has ruled that singer Marc Anthony must appear for a child support hearing after he was a no-show on Thursday, a hearing officer said.

The hearing officer, Joette Blaustein, said Anthony should appear on June 21 after the lawyer for his 6-year-old daughter’s mother argued that he wanted the singer as the first witness in the 18-month-old case, Newsday reported Friday.

The child’s mother, Debbie Rosado, 31, claims that Anthony’s payments have been sporadic and says she ``needs to know″ whether Anthony will increase his payments.

``I just want him to step up to the plate,″ Rosado said. ``I’m not asking for a lot of money. I’m asking for what my daughter is entitled to under the law.″

Neither side discussed how much Anthony was paying or how much more Rosado wanted.

One of Anthony’s attorneys, Robert Dobrish, told Blaustein that the singer had a right, but not a legal mandate, to appear. Dobrish also said he advised the 31-year-old singer to stay away after his previous appearance because of a ``stir in the court.″

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