St. Maarten Seeks to Recover Wedding Costs from Reality Show Stars
By Brian Major
August 24, 2012 1:34 PM
The government of St. Maarten is seeking to recover $90,000 spent on the production of the destination wedding of former National Football League player Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson and reality television personality Evelyn Lozada, said government officials quoted in local press reports. The couple signed a contract with St. Maarten to host the July 4 wedding, which was to air on VH1, but Johnson’s Aug. 11 arrest for domestic violence against Lozada, followed by Lozada’s Aug. 15 divorce filing, led VH1 to cancel its plans to air the wedding and the 11 episodes filmed to date.
The wedding ceremony was performed on the dual-nation island’s Dutch side. A reception was held later at the Le Chateau des Palmiers resort in French St. Martin. St. Maarten’s council of ministers, which approved the expenditure, expected the televised wedding ceremony to publicize the country’s image among North American tourists.
“Naturally, we have a contract with Johnson and Lozada and that contract has some clauses inside of it and St. Maarten will use those clauses if necessary," said Roland Tuitt, St. Maarten’s finance minister.