Tori Spelling’s husband owes thousands in child support, his ex is taking him to court

You may remember that Tori Spelling’s husband, Dean McDermott, left his then-wife, Mary Jo Eustace, for Tori right after Mary Jo and Dean had adopted a baby girl. The couple already had a seven year-old son at home. You may also know that Tori and Dean have serious money problems because Tori spends it as soon as it comes in. They currently owe money to several creditors including an over quarter million debt to the state of California for back taxes.

Tori, 43, is currently pregnant with her fifth child, and she’s using her pregnancy to try to drum up interest in her personal life of course. That includes exclusive gender reveal photoshoots (she’s having a boy) and most recently a very high end baby shower, paid for by her mom, Candy Spelling. Apparently the party cost more than most weddings at $40,000 (!) while Dean owes Mary Jo thousands in back child support. Mary Jo is taking him to court for non-payment.

Sources tell Page Six that Mary Jo Eustace, the ex-wife of Tori’s husband, Dean McDermott, is furious because the reality stars celebrated their fifth pregnancy with a lavish party at the Hotel Bel-Air on Feb. 11 — all while McDermott allegedly owes Eustace thousands in child support.

In fact, we’ve learned that fed-up Eustace is taking McDermott to court next month to face allegations that he’s in contempt of court for failure to pay the monthly child support payment for their son, Jack.

We’re told that Eustace — who was married to McDermott from 1993 to 2006 — was “livid” after reading headlines claiming that Tori’s mom, Candy, spent $40,000 on the over-the-top fête. Candy — the widow of Aaron Spelling, the TV mogul behind “Dynasty,” “The Love Boat” and “Beverly Hills 90210” who was said to be worth $600 million at his death — hired top Hollywood party planner Mindy Weiss to throw the party for more than 50 guests.

According to court records, McDermott is due to appear in Los Angeles Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. March 9.

[From Page Six]

How do you spend $40,000 on a freaking baby shower for a fifth child? I don’t even understand weddings that cost that much, but I’m not a big party person, nor do I come from wealth. So was this whole thing filmed for a potential reality show? We heard last year that Tori had sold a show to a network but there’s been no follow-up. I would assume that deal fell through. I don’t blame Mary Jo for being outraged that Dean isn’t paying child support. At least she can rest assured that he’s just as miserable as ever. He basically told People that he was surprised that they were having another baby and that he was overwhelmed with the four kids they do have.

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  1. Chrissy says:

    More power to Mary Jo.

    • Aims says:

      Absolutely ! ! He gets to leave his first family free and clear ? He has a responsibility to his son. I have a huge problem with people who don’t pay their child support and being deadbeats .

    • imqrious2 says:

      Lex, he signed off on all parental rights on the little girl. He was having the affair with Tori at the time of adoption and left soon after.

  2. Janetdr says:

    As someone who had to take my ex to court periodically for child support, I have sympathy for Mary Jo, but the over the top baby shower given by his current mother in law has no bearing on his income. Does he have a job?

    • AreYouForReal? says:

      This. The money Candy spent is on Candy, not Tori and definitely not Dean.

      • Zapp Brannigan says:

        All true, but Mary Jo has my sympathy having to explain to her son why he can’t have certain things he may want or need, while dad’s other kids get a 40 grand party. That has to be tough for any parent, Tori and Dean could have turned down the big baby shower and asked for something simple at home, given their financial circumstances.

      • paolanqar says:

        Hi Zapp
        sorry but if you are a good parent you tell your kid that their father is involved with another woman whose mother is really wealthy and she likes to splash for things like that. What Candy does with her money is no one’s business and certainly not her son in law’s ex wife’s business.
        If Dean paid for the party i would agree with you but he is just a scrounger too.

      • Zapp Brannigan says:

        @Paolanqar so you expect the child to act with more understanding and maturity than Tori and Dean, two adults.

        All I am saying is that it must be tough for his son to be on the sidelines not getting the same experiences or wants/needs met in his life that the other children get. It doesn’t matter where the money comes from, who pays for what, to a child he is being treated as “less” than his father’s other children, that has to be tough.

        Mary Jo is owed years of child support and to imply that she is a “scrounger too” or not a good parent is highly unfair, she has being parenting this child solo while the father was off trying to live off 90210 money.

    • jenn12 says:

      I don’t know which of those 2 genetic cesspools is worse. Yes, his mother in law is an idiot- shouldn’t you spend that money on at least helping them get out of debt so there are six children suffering less?- and it has no bearing on his income. But you do not father five more children when you can’t pay for the one you already brought into the world. Wear a condom, especially if you know your wife is addicted to having babies; otherwise, it’s on you as well. As for Tori, you and your deadbeat can’t support the four you have, or the one your husband abandoned. So you bring a fifth into the world? USE BIRTH CONTROL. You say Dean can’t afford a vasectomy; well, you can’t afford the six children he brought into this world. What a pair of morons.

      • AreYouForReal? says:

        The mother has bailed her out countless times. The problem is that Tori and Dean are irresponsible people who shouldn’t have a pet, much less five children. I’m guessing Candy wanted to welcome her latest grandchild in the way she sees fit.

      • Algernon says:

        Isn’t Tori’s inheritance tied to her kids, though? iirc, she didn’t inherit much when her dad died, but there was money set aside for kids, as in, the more she has the more she gets. That’s why she keeps cranking them out, right?

      • Christin says:

        What would she really NEED at this point? Candy can throw a big party if she wishes, but no doubt there is some money-making idea associated with this pregnancy.

        If it’s any consolation to Mary Jo, his life choices seem to be etched on his face (similar to his d-list counterpart, the great thespian Eddie C.).

  3. RussianBlueCat says:

    So what really happened with Dean leaving ” Chopped Canada” did he quit or get fired? Because that seemed to be an easy gig and it must have paid decently. These two are always having money issues and yet they go on vacations to Europe and Tori spends thousands a year on fees for storage lockers. Which must hold thousands of dollars in stuff she could sell and make some cash and pay down debt.

    • Merritt says:

      I thought she did sell a lot of her old stuff several years ago. I realize more things could have piled up though.

  4. Danielle says:

    Tori and Dean deserve each other.

  5. Brunswickstoval says:

    She really won at life when she won him.

    • doofus says:

      I think he really believed that he had hit the jackpot with her; he (her too, I think) was expecting her to inherit $100million or so when her dad passed.

      I think he prob wants out but has no idea how to do it. and has no $$$ to do it either, and knows that he’ll make more hitched to her than he’ll ever make on his own.

  6. adastraperaspera says:

    If someone met Tori and Dean in 2006 and then ran into this couple at the mall, they would never recognize them. I’ll never understand the deal here.

  7. ell says:

    ‘He basically told People that he was surprised that they were having another baby and that he was overwhelmed with the four kids they do have.’

    lmao. how can a grown man, with 4 other children, in 2017, be surprised by a pregnancy? they’re never-endingly hilarious and ignorant.

    • AreYouForReal? says:

      5 kids, actually. He had another with the ex-wife.

    • swak says:

      IIRC, at one time they talked about him getting a vasectomy but couldn’t afford it. There is no excuse for this fifth child except for him to be a money maker – first pics, pap strolls, etc.

      • AreYouForReal? says:

        That’s what is annoying me about us all being here. LOL. That last kid was a ploy for attention and we all fell for it.

      • tback says:

        Sure, because a fifth child is way less expensive than a vasectomy….the delusion is REAL with these two

      • Merritt says:

        I call b.s on their claim they couldn’t afford a vasectomy. He is an actor and has health insurance through the actor’s union, so the cost to Tori and Dean for the procedure should have been minimal. They just didn’t feel like paying for something necessary like health because they would rather live above their means.

      • Chaine says:

        At this point, having more children is the only thing that gets them media coverage. They probably get some kickback for the pap shots of Tori looking pregnant and ghastly.

      • Beckysuz says:

        That is just ridiculous. I don’t think a vasectomy costs more than a couple thousand dollars. My brother in law got one through planned parenthood for about $700. What lying grifters. Hey Candy, how about instead of a baby shower, you buy dean a chop job ?

    • Kristen820 says:

      It’s like he’s completely unaware that there are other forms of birth control. Which, now that I say that, he might actually be. Neither of them are the brightest crayons in the box…

    • Christin says:

      Those will be some great paternal quotes for this child to read someday. It’s not the baby’s fault that the the parents apparently don’t understand basics of BC.

  8. Megan says:

    Dean has made some really bad life choices.

  9. GingerCrunch says:

    Looks like he’s saying stuff under his breath in all these photos! HA!

  10. Jenns says:

    These two are the worst.

  11. Nicole says:

    I said this when the pregnancy was announced…it’s beyond irresponsible and frankly infuriating that they are having another kid that they cannot afford. Candy already pays for the kids schooling and bails them out. It’s ridiculous

  12. minx says:

    Deadbeats, both of them.

    • Chetta B. says:

      Idiots more like. I doubt they even get that they’ve become a huge joke to most sane people. They’ll have to “get to work” selling tabloid stories to pay that child support bill. Losers. Big, fat losers.

  13. paolanqar says:

    Dean and Tori seriously need to get a grip on reality.
    He needs to stop sponging off his Mother in law, get a job and pay for his children and maybe get a vasectomy too. She needs to get her head out of her ass and start using birth control.
    I mean.. for me just looking at his face would be enough as a contraceptive but whatever..
    They are both beyond irresponsible.

  14. Alix says:

    Imagine crawling into bed with a deadbeat dad. “Unsexy” ain’t even the word for it.

    • RussianBlueCat says:

      Remember the “Emily Goodhand” affair? Tori and Dean made a show about his cheating with this woman. But it has never been proved if she actually existed. None of the tabloids, TMZ, etc could track this woman down and with their resources one would think they would have found her. Dean saw himself living the “Dynasty” lifestyle with Tori Spelling and instead got “Down and Out in Beverly Hills”

      • doofus says:

        “Dean saw himself living the “Dynasty” lifestyle with Tori Spelling and instead got “Down and Out in Beverly Hills”

        yup, I theorized this in my post above. I think he thought “Jackpot!” when he married her, not realizing that Aaron Spelling was going to leave her peanuts (compared to what he was worth).

    • lisa says:


      and i would add that it is about as sexy as crawling into bed with someone who is desperate to get pregnant as many times as she can so she can get an increase in her financial benefits

  15. Patricia says:

    Um…. where I’m from its gauche to have a baby shower for anything but your first child, unless there is a very large gap between children.
    For my first child my mom and sisters threw a baby shower that cost maybe $200… home cooked food and cake, at my mom’s home. It was beautiful and everything I wanted. For the baby I’m carrying now I don’t expect a thing. I believe that these people have a disease called materialism: they could never see that the value to a baby shower is the people there to celebrate with you, to welcome your baby, to eat a piece of mom’s homemade cake and support you.
    It’s very sad. I have much less monetarily but I see Tori as a person who is much poorer than me :(

    • Goats on the Roof says:

      Same. Where I’m from it’s common to have a shower (and perhaps even multiple showers, depending on who all wants to throw one) for the first baby and then a “sprinkle” for subsequent kids. People get together, enjoy some cake and good company, and give the expectant parent diapers and wipes. For my BFF’s second baby, we all pitched in on cloth diapers and decorated onesies. Forty grand on a fifth child is so tasteless and stupid really.

    • Veronica says:

      My friends will throw multiple baby showers, but those after the first child are usually more low-key and involve less gift giving. It’s usually more of a, “OMG GUYS MORE BABIES LET’S EAT CAKE AND CELEBRATE.”

    • Matomeda says:

      +1 homemade everything and it couldn’t have cost more than $50, honestly. And THATS OK. I had a great job and was using it as a celebration because I wanted/was having a baby , not a come-uppance off the backs of friends and family!

    • Christin says:

      I completely agree with the less is better approach to showers. Your celebrations sound far more memorable and heartwarming than an expensive ‘show’er (emphasis on “show”).

    • Jessica says:

      I agree with these comments. Where I live Showers for first weddings (even multiple) and babies are events. All subsequent ones are small affairs to drink wine,eat cake, and gossip. Party for Candy by Candy. I stole that from someone.

  16. Missy says:

    My god dean….time to get your stuff snipped lol

  17. lisa says:

    dear candy,

    please pay for the vasectomy.

  18. Neelyo says:

    Welfare queens.

  19. lucy2 says:

    For all her attempts at tough love and not giving Tory money, throwing a $40,000 baby shower for a 5th child (when they can’t support the family they already have) is puzzling.

    Tory and Dean are just the worst. I hope his ex gets the money due to her and their children.

    • swak says:

      I hope she not only gets the money but the judge adds interest to that money.

    • Neelyo says:

      I think Candy spends that much money on the grandkids to torture Tori.

    • Merritt says:

      I don’t have a problem with Candy spoiling her grandchildren. But I feel she should put some of it to better use. Perhaps using it for the kids’ education and creating a college fund for each grandchild.

      • Lucy says:

        I remember an old interview where Candy admitted that she pays for all the kids expenses, their school tuition, tutors, nannies, activities, clothes and she has a trust fund set-up for each of them which they will get once they are adults. It’s no wonder Tori and Dean keep cranking kids out when grandma Candy takes care of them, they’re probably just waiting for the children to inherit the trust funds so they can mooch off of them!

      • Jessica says:

        I suspect that Aaron and Candy created the trusts with a very good corporate trustee that is likely driving Tori and The Deaner nuts.

  20. lisa says:

    pregnancy and a face full of injectables are strange bedfellows

    • Chetta B. says:

      Yes indeedy doodad. I noticed that myself. It’s not looking good. And didn’t she have serious health issues with the last pregnancy? I thought she wasn’t able to GET pregnant again. That’s really pushing it, pun not intended. The desperation here reeks as much as bad cologne.

  21. frigga says:

    There is this wonderful thing called birth control. In the form of pills, shots, IUDs, condoms, and vasectomies…they are all your friends, Dean and Tori! Save innocent unborn babies from having to endure yourselves as parents…the ones you have now are probably sad enough. THINK OF THE CHILDREN, YOU SELFISH PRICKS!

  22. PettyRiperton says:

    These two are idiots who could live very comfortably if they knew how to manage money. I hope the ex get every penny she is owed. Dean better update those headshots and get his ass to some auditions or beg Candy for some money.

  23. Lua says:

    I just read the link of her telling how he left her. He said I don’t love you or respect you???!
    This is Karma, jerk!

  24. Lenn says:

    I truly find them to be the most tragic, desperate celebrity couple of all Hollywood.

    • Chrissy says:

      Even more than Leanne and Eddie (and Brandi)?

      • Lex says:

        Yes! At least there are only 2 kids involved in that partnership. They don’t just keep spewing out extra kids because they don’t understand birth control methods.

      • Shelly says:

        Lex: Only because they must not be able to have kids.
        There is NO WAY leann would pass up pregnant pap strolls and the attention if she could squeeze some out

  25. Rianic says:

    If I’m right, the son is around 16 now, and his mom is probably thinking ahead to college funds.

  26. sunnydaze says:

    Awful person comment:

    Is it just me or does it look like the younger the kids get the more miserable they look? I feel bad for them :(

    • Kim says:

      They do. Also they have an unhealthy look to them…

    • MamaHoneyBadger says:

      That little girl — the middle child — knows where it’s at already. Look at her expression in every photo: resignation and disappointment. Yes, kid, you lost the parent lottery. Sorry.

  27. Lalu says:

    Just read that link to Mary Jo’s story. That was kind of upsetting. I cannot imagine adopting a baby and weeks later getting that bombshell. Without a doubt, dean thought he was getting some real money.
    He is such trash. I think Tori had a pretty decent husband too. She really made a mistake getting hooked up with this guy. They look awful and the kids always seem unhappy.

  28. KBeth says:

    They are both pathetic & he just makes my skin crawl.
    I’m glad Candy is sensible enough to pay for the grandchildren’s expenses directly instead of giving Tori money…you know she would just piss it away.

  29. kimbers says:

    The kids dont look the healthiest. It would suck having those 2 as parents…I feel sorry for all the kids involved.

  30. Cinderella says:

    Such cute kids came from two messy parents. I wonder how many fights they’ve witnessed over money. No doubt Candy gives her grandkids everything, but that is not her responsibility.

  31. LA Elle (formerly Elle R.) says:

    So Candy wonders why Tori is a spoiled princess with no understanding of finances but then throws her a 40K baby shower for her fifth kid. All righty then.

  32. nicegirl says:

    I too feel so badly for their children.

    I know it is uncouth to comment on children but they never look truly happy to me, fake smiles and sad eyes on every child in each photo – which of course could be due to paparazzi photographing them at events, so my perspective may be askew – but when coupled with the factual evidence of their parents’ behaviors it seems the kids are certainly not being put first on the priority list.

  33. daisyfly says:

    David Silver is totally breathing a sigh of relief…

    • Jessica says:

      The memories. They were supposed to be exactly my grade in HS and college. I lived in all girls dorm with very restricted male visitation rules. They could come over on Wednesday evenings so the boys would rush over to watch 90210 and Melrose.

  34. Chelly says:

    A super lavish baby shower for a 5th child is…….beyond gross. This is why Tori is the financial mess she is, Candy enables her (if even through the kids) then turns around, scolds her & cuts her off. This family. The brother is the only sane one, they need more of him….become their life coach bc they can’t do it on their own, obviously.

    As far as Mary Jo, I can’t blame her. Dean is constantly delinquent with the child support payments…I’m sure she’s been more than patient & picking up his slack but when do you say enough is enough? Get your shit together & remember you have other responsibilities outside of Toris world. #TeamMaryJo

  35. Christin says:

    What is the the deal with celebrity heiresses who (1) make highly questionable relationship choices well into their 30s/40s, and (2) seem to lack money management? Number three is bringing multiple children into the resulting dysfunction.

    I am following the divorce-custody mess of Elvis’ daughter and her fourth husband, and it’s baffling. Money definitely does not mean happiness (only material comforts).

    • MrsBadBob says:

      Famous people don’t make the best parents, they often aren’t around to raise their children, there’s money, sure, but also benign neglect or worse.

  36. maggie grace says:

    He is one of the swarmiest-looking individual I have ever seen.

  37. jerkface says:

    They appear to be the type of people whose home smells like beef stew even though they haven’t made that dish for years and is always messy with clothes and toys strewn about.

  38. my3cents says:

    Throw them a vasectomy party!

  39. nikki says:

    well they better start saving for diapers and i dont mean for the child.

    geez…..sad for the kids