LOS ANGELES -- Actor Levar Burton has paid $8,863 in overdue child support payments, District Attorney Robert Philibosian said Wednesday.
The district attorney's office attempted to collect support payments from Burton for his 3-year-old son, Eian Burton Smith.
'We put a lien on Burton's residence in Malibu about two years ago,' Philibosian said.
Philibosian said some of the money paid by the star of the television mini-series 'Roots' would be used to reimburse welfare payments made for two years to the child's mother, Pamela Smith, while another portion will go directly to Miss Smith.
The money was paid out of the escrow of the sale of Burton's home, said Deputy District Attorney Harvey Harper.
Last June, Burton filed a Superior Court action to establish that he was the father of Eian, who was born out of wedlock after Burton spent one night with the woman in 1979.
Burton said he volunteered to pay $600 a month for the boy's support and was seeking reasonable visitation rights.