Slade Smiley

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The law is frowning upon Slade Smiley.

The former Real Housewives of Orange County beau was arrested Friday on an outstanding warrant for civil contempt after allegedly falling behind on his child-support payments and other court-related fees.

Smiley, who footed the bill for the O.C. lifestyle that Jo De La Rosa once enjoyed on Housewives, was released later that night after posting $10,000 bail.

"We became aware that there was a warrant in the system for him and a possible location he was at," Costa Mesa Police Department Lt. Clay Epperson told E! News Monday. "We went out there, he identified himself, submitted to an arrest without any problem and he was booked into our jail for civil contempt."

Smiley said today in a statement released by his rep that this incident means nothing as far as how he feels about his kids.

"This is an unfortunate situation that has occurred," Smiley said. "My son is very ill and we have been working on resolving the issue of support versus his enormous medical bills with the appropriate agencies for several months now. It is sad that individuals would take advantage of the situation in an attempt to defame and discredit me in such a public manner. For those who know me, there is nothing more important than my children."

Smiley has two sons, Grayson and Gavin, from two previous relationships.

The businessman moved, along with De La Rosa, from Housewives to the Bravo matchmaking series Date My Ex: Jo and Slade, in which Smiley roomed with a batch of potential love interests for his former live-in girlfriend.

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