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The lawyer representing Hunter Biden in his paternity case abruptly withdrew on Monday while his client blew off the hearing, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.

Biden, 49, was not in the second-floor courtroom in Batesville, Arkansas, when his attorney former Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel quit.

But Lunden Roberts, 28, the woman who claims the son of former Vice-President Joe Biden fathered her child, was seen for the first time since filing her paternity suit, sitting in the front row of the spectators’ gallery wearing three-inch black heels.

Biden is said to have met Roberts when she was working as a stripper in a ‘gentlemen’s club’ in Washington D.C.

In the hearing, Judge Don McSpadden said he would need at least three years of Biden’s tax returns before he could reach a decision on monetary support for the child, whose sex has not been revealed.

Earlier this week, DailyMail.com revealed Biden filed a request to seal all financial records to spare himself public ’embarrassment’ amid claims of ‘significant debts’. 

In addition to preventing the disclosure of Biden’s alleged debts, it is thought information on Biden’s business ventures, investments, expenses, taxes and personal property valuations would also be included in the documents. 

Hunter Biden’s baby mama Lunden Roberts, 28, looked glamorous as she left court in Batesville, Arkansas on Monday morning. She wore a black zip-up coat over a white top and a pair of white pinstripe pants. Her long blonde hair cascaded halfway down her back

Biden's lawyer, who was representing him in his case against Roberts, abruptly quit on Monday. Biden was not in the second-floor courtroom when McDaniel quit

Biden’s lawyer, who was representing him in his case against Roberts, abruptly quit on Monday. Biden was not in the second-floor courtroom when McDaniel quit

Biden is said to have met Roberts when she was working as a stripper in a 'gentlemen's club' in Washington D.C.

Biden is said to have met Roberts when she was working as a stripper in a 'gentlemen's club' in Washington D.C.

Biden is said to have met Roberts when she was working as a stripper in a ‘gentlemen’s club’ in Washington D.C.

Roberts and her father (pictured) left the courtroom via the disabled entrance without speaking to reporters

Roberts and her father (pictured) left the courtroom via the disabled entrance without speaking to reporters

In his motion to withdraw, McDaniel — a former Arkansas Attorney General — said Biden’s personal lawyer had ‘advised’ him that he was being discharged.

‘(C)ounsel will take all steps reasonably practical to protect defendant’s interests and make every effort to ensure an efficient and judicious transition for new counsel.’ McDaniel wrote.

Judge McSpadden also ordered Biden’s team to provide Roberts with a valid address and phone number for him so papers can be properly served.

In his motion to withdraw, McDaniel — a former Arkansas Attorney General — said Biden's personal lawyer had 'advised' him that he was being discharged

In his motion to withdraw, McDaniel — a former Arkansas Attorney General — said Biden’s personal lawyer had ‘advised’ him that he was being discharged 

McSpadden made clear to all sides that he did not want anyone discussing the case in public. ‘This child is more important than anyone else in this case,’ he said.

McSpadden ordered that the 16-month-old child’s name, along with all financial information of both Biden and Roberts should be kept under seal and available only to the legal teams.

The case was adjourned until January 7. 

Roberts and her father left the courtroom via the disabled entrance without speaking to reporters.

She wore a black zip-up coat over a white top and a pair of white pinstripe pants. Her long blonde hair cascaded halfway down her back. 

On Wednesday, Biden filed a motion for a Protective Order of his financial records in the Arkansas Circuit Court of Independence on Wednesday, citing fears that such information would be used ‘maliciously’ by the media if disclosed publicly.

‘The likelihood that [Biden’s] private records will be used in an inappropriate or malicious manner for reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with these proceedings is exceedingly high and should not be tolerated by the court,’ the filing reads.

Any such disclosures, Biden’s attorneys claim, would furthermore cause their client ‘undue prejudice, annoyance, embarrassment, and/or oppression.’

‘Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the parties involved in this matter, it is in the interest of justice and necessary for a Protective Order to be in place,’ Biden’s attorney Dustin McDaniel states. 

Judge McSpadden ordered that the 16-month-old child's name, along with all financial information of both Biden and Roberts (circled) should be kept under seal and available only to the legal teams

Judge McSpadden ordered that the 16-month-old child’s name, along with all financial information of both Biden and Roberts (circled) should be kept under seal and available only to the legal teams 

Earlier this week, DailyMail.com revealed Biden filed a request to seal all financial records to spare himself public 'embarrassment' amid claims of 'significant debts'

Earlier this week, DailyMail.com revealed Biden filed a request to seal all financial records to spare himself public ’embarrassment’ amid claims of ‘significant debts’ 

Biden filed a motion for a Protective Order of his financial records in the Arkansas Circuit Court of Independence on Wednesday, citing fears that such information would be used 'maliciously' by the media if disclosed publicly

Biden filed a motion for a Protective Order of his financial records in the Arkansas Circuit Court of Independence on Wednesday, citing fears that such information would be used ‘maliciously’ by the media if disclosed publicly

The filing comes just over a week after Biden was revealed to be the father of Lunden Robert’s child, having engaged in relations with the 28-year-old after meeting her at the Mpire Gentlemen’s Club in Washington D.C where she worked as a stripper. 

While Roberts – who is demanding Biden pay her $11K in legal fees in addition to child support – is said to agree that a Protective Order is appropriate, she has so far refused to fully commit to the current terms demanded by Biden, despite his ‘best efforts’ to secure her acquiescence.

In addition to the Protective Order, Biden is also requesting an upcoming December 2 hearing be delayed until a decision on the order is made, adding that he has been so far been unable to complete an affidavit of his financials.

In a signed sworn statement, Biden claims he has been unable to complete the mandatory requirement because he currently lacks the information to do so.

‘In an effort to demonstrate to this court my good faith, I attest that I am unemployed and have had no monthly income since May 2019,’ Biden’s statement reads. 

The former Ukraine energy executive goes on to admit he has incurred ‘significant debts’, partially caused by his April 2017 divorce to Kathleen Biden, which are currently being calculated by his accountants and will be disclosed to the courts as soon as possible.

‘For the aforementioned reasons, I cannot complete an Affidavit of Financial Means at the time,’ he claims.

While Roberts and Biden continue to negotiate the specific terms of the order, should agreement be found, all financial information disclosed by both the defendant and plaintiff during the proceedings will remain entirely confidential.

In addition to preventing the disclosure of Biden’s alleged debts, the embargo will also block the release of any information regarding Biden’s business ventures, investments, expenses, taxes or personal property valuations.

Any physical copies of documents detailing finances of either party would be filed under seal and must later be returned or destroyed, and any digital documents would need to be securely stored on encrypted devices.

Failure to comply with such demands – filed in accordance with Rule 26(c) of the Arkansas Rules of Civil Procedure – would leave any guilty party liable to charges of contempt of court, which could result in hefty fines or even jail time.

The most recent filing comes as Hunter continues to face intense scrutiny over his shady business dealings in Ukraine and whether or not his father Joe Biden, then vice president, used his influence to avoid his son's prosecution

The most recent filing comes as Hunter continues to face intense scrutiny over his shady business dealings in Ukraine and whether or not his father Joe Biden, then vice president, used his influence to avoid his son’s prosecution 

While Roberts - who is demanding Biden pay her $11K in legal fees in addition to child support - is said to agree that a Protective Order is appropriate, she has so far refused to fully commit to the current terms demanded by Biden, despite his 'best efforts'

While Roberts – who is demanding Biden pay her $11K in legal fees in addition to child support – is said to agree that a Protective Order is appropriate, she has so far refused to fully commit to the current terms demanded by Biden, despite his ‘best efforts’ 

In a signed sworn statement, Biden claims he has been unable to complete the mandatory requirement because he currently lacks the information to do so. The former Ukraine energy executive goes on to admit he has incurred significant debts, partially caused by his April 2017 divorce to Kathleen Biden, which are currently being calculated by his accountants to later disclose in court

In a signed sworn statement, Biden claims he has been unable to complete the mandatory requirement because he currently lacks the information to do so. The former Ukraine energy executive goes on to admit he has incurred significant debts, partially caused by his April 2017 divorce to Kathleen Biden, which are currently being calculated by his accountants to later disclose in court

Last Wednesday, Biden was finally revealed to be the father of Roberts’ child following the outcome of a DNA test – something the 28-year-old had been urging Biden to take since May, following his repeated denials.

TIMELINE OF HUNTER’S RELATIONSHIPS 

May 2015: Beau Biden dies of brain cancer

October 2015: Hunter and his wife Kathleen separate formally

March 2017: Hunter and Beau’s widow, Hallie, confirm they are dating 

April 2017: Hunter and Kathleen’s divorce is finalized 

Fall 2017: Lunden Roberts becomes pregnant in Arkansas

August 2018: Lunden Roberts gives birth to baby which she says is Hunter’s

April 2019: Hunter and Hallie split for unknown reasons

May 2019: Hunter marries Melissa Cohen in Los Angeles a month after meeting her  

Roberts is demanding for Hunter to pay her $11k legal fees and child support for their baby, who she argues could be eligible for Secret Service protection because they’re the grandson of former Vice President Joe Biden.

She is also seeking for the court to seal case records to protect the child’s identity out of fear of safety for the baby and Roberts’ family, citing presidential candidate Biden’s political status.

In previous filings, Roberts said her child was born in August last year, confirming the child to be around 15-months-old. She referred to the infant as ‘Baby Doe’ and did not say whether it is a boy or girl. 

Roberts’ legal team argues: ‘Baby Doe’s paternal grandfather, Joe Biden, is seeking the nomination of the Democratic Party for President of the United States of America. He is considered by some to be the person most likely to win his party’s nomination and challenge President Trump on the ballet in 2020.

‘The members of the Biden family either are protected or eligible to be protected by the United States Secret Service as a direct result of Joe Biden’s political status.

‘Baby Doe’s paternity could put the child and those close to the child at risk of harm for the same reasons the Biden family is protected by the United States Secret Service.’

Roberts filed a petition for paternity and support in May, saying Biden was the biological father of her baby, asking the court to establish paternity while seeking child support, health insurance and legal fees.

Biden had previously denied all allegations and demanded the suit be tossed.

Hunter shacked-up with his brother Beau's widow Hallie, after Beau's death in May 2015 (Beau and Hallie are pictured in 2011)

At the time of her pregnancy, Hunter was in a relationship with his late brother Beau's widow Hallie (shown together in August 2017, several months before he is alleged to have impregnated Lunden)

At the time of Roberts’ pregnancy, Hunter was in a relationship with his late brother Beau’s widow Hallie (shown together right in August, several months before he is alleged to have impregnated Roberts)

Roberts (right) was a star basketball player at Southside High School and then went on to play for the University of Western Illinois before transferring to Arkansas State, where she played for the university’s team, the Red Wolves

Roberts (right) was a star basketball player at Southside High School and then went on to play for the University of Western Illinois before transferring to Arkansas State, where she played for the university’s team, the Red Wolves

While Roberts and Biden continue to negotiate the specific terms of the Protective Order, should agreement be found, all financial information disclosed by both the defendant and plaintiff during the proceedings will remain entirely confidential

While Roberts and Biden continue to negotiate the specific terms of the Protective Order, should agreement be found, all financial information disclosed by both the defendant and plaintiff during the proceedings will remain entirely confidential

In addition to preventing the disclosure of Biden's alleged debts, the embargo will also block the release of any information regarding Biden's business ventures, investments, expenses, taxes or personal property valuations

In addition to preventing the disclosure of Biden’s alleged debts, the embargo will also block the release of any information regarding Biden’s business ventures, investments, expenses, taxes or personal property valuations

Last month, Roberts claimed Biden had privately admitted to her that he is the father but continued to deny it publicly. 

The update came as Biden continued to face intense scrutiny over his shady business dealings in Ukraine and whether or not his father Joe Biden, then vice president, used his influence to avoid his son’s prosecution.  

In her lawsuit, filed on May 28, Roberts said she and her baby are living in Independence County, Arkansas, which includes both Batesville and Southside.

Her friends and family held a baby shower for her shortly before she gave birth.

Roberts, who lived in Washington, D.C. for two years where she studied at George Washington University, has refused to comment on her relationship with Hunter, who is more than 20 years her senior.

A man at her family’s isolated home in Southside, a town just outside Batesville, Arkansas, refused to speak, telling DailyMail.com: ‘There’s no story here.

‘I don’t mean to be rude but you have to leave.’

Her attorney Clinton Lancaster did not return calls from DailyMail.com. He told The Arkansas Democrat Gazette that Roberts wants to be left alone but he confirmed she is seeking money from the former vice-president’s son.

‘She really values her privacy. This is a parenting and child support issue between her and Mr Biden,’ Lancaster said.

‘She really does not want this to be a media spectacle. She does not want this to affect Joe Biden’s campaign.’

‘She just wants this baby to get financial support from the baby’s father, Lancaster added.

Biden married 32-year-old Melissa Cohen in May this year (pictured together), a month after splitting from Hallie

Biden married 32-year-old Melissa Cohen in May this year (pictured together), a month after splitting from Hallie

Hunter, 49, has been surrounded by controversy over the past few years and it's feared his escapades could affect his father’s chances of winning the Democratic nomination for presidency. He separated from his first wife Kathleen in October 2015. She claimed in court records afterwards that he spent their money on prostitutes and drugs

Hunter, 49, has been surrounded by controversy over the past few years and it’s feared his escapades could affect his father’s chances of winning the Democratic nomination for presidency. He separated from his first wife Kathleen in October 2015. She claimed in court records afterwards that he spent their money on prostitutes and drugs 

This week, shocking reports emerged that Roberts – known by the stage name ‘Dallas’ – met Biden while working as a stripper at The Mpire Gentlemen’s Club in Washington D.C.

Biden allegedly frequented that club after dating his late brother’s widow.

Biden also allegedly visited Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club NYC in Manhattan two times about a year ago, where he spent several thousand dollars and on one occasion sent an employee out to buy a dildo for strippers to use on him.

Hunter Biden has been surrounded by controversy over the past few years and it is feared his escapades could affect his father’s chances of winning the Democratic nomination for presidency.

He was discharged from the US Naval Reserve in 2014, less than a year after being commissioned, after testing positive for cocaine and then his name, address and email were included when the cheating website Ashley Madison suffered a security breach in 2015. 

He left his first wife Kathleen — the mother of his three daughters — in 2016 after 22 years of marriage and moved in with Hallie Biden, the widow of his elder brother Beau, who died from brain cancer the previous year.

In the divorce, his wife claimed he had spent ‘extravagantly on his own interests (including drugs, alcohol, prostitutes, strip clubs and gifts for women with whom he has sexual relations), while leaving the family with no funds to pay legitimate bills.’

Biden, an attorney with offices in Washington, D.C., split with Hallie earlier this year and on May 16 he married 32-year-old South African Melissa Cohen, whom he had only known for ten days. She had been living with a boyfriend up until April.

He would have been dating his sister-in-law when Roberts got pregnant in late 2017.

His business ties to various Ukrainian oligarchs have also garnered bad publicity for his father’s presidential campaign.

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