Tori Spelling Ordered to Pay $38,000 Credit Card Debt

Actress most also pay $855 in court fees

By Zach Johnson Oct 03, 2016 6:50 PMTags

It's time for Tori Spelling to pay the piper.

In January, American Express sued the Beverly Hills, 90210 actress after she failed to pay debts amounting to $37,981.97. E! News confirmed Monday that on Aug. 11, a judge ordered a default judgment against Tori, demanding she repay the full amount, plus $855 in court fees.

Tori's rep did not return E! News' request for comment.

In January, Candy Spelling revealed she was "helping" her daughter financially. "I've been paying all her bills now, except I'm not paying extras like that," the multimillionaire told TMZ. "I'm not paying any back payments—just for the house, and the kids' schools, and their food." Two months later, Tori told People she wanted the lawsuit to "go away." Insisting her finances were in order, she told the magazine, "We're not bankrupt. We're not struggling. We're fine!"

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But in July, the state of California hit Tori and her husband Dean McDermott with a tax lien for $259,108.23 relating to unpaid state taxes from 2014. Neither star commented on the matter.

Tori's fiscal failures are well documented.

To the surprise of many (Tori included), she inherited just $800,000 of the late Aaron Spelling's multi-million-dollar fortune after he died in 2006. And though the famed TV producer gave his daughter a strong work ethic, he never discussed money management with her. "I don't blame anyone, but that probably set me up for not knowing too much about how to handle money a little bit," Tori recalled. "I don't want the same thing to happen with my children, so we're open about stuff."

"My husband and I work really hard. I'm constantly out there working. It's so important for my children to see that both their parents are working," Tori added, "and we talk to them about it."

Tori's financial troubles hit a low point in 2011 when her family sold its Encino home at a loss. Later, during a 2014 episode of her docu-series True Tori, the actress—who was trying to get past Dean's extramarital affair—admitted she felt "overwhelmed" by money matters. "I feel so responsible for so many people and I can't do it. [I can't handle] the responsibility of having to take care of so many people financially, the fear of that," Tori said. "[It] doesn't matter. I know people look at me and they're like, 'Oh, poor you.' Like, 'Boohoo, you have so many problems.'"

Marriage and motherhood changed Tori's perspective on spending. "I haven't bought a purse in three years and it's fine. I look back at that girl who shopped at Gucci in my 20s and I can't even relate," the TV star confessed to People in 2013. "I can't believe I thought that was important."

—Reporting by Lindsay Good