The soul singer, who resides in Los Angeles, has been hit with a lien – an official claim against his property – for the payment of his debt which totals $1,130,609, according to TMZ.com.
The musician has racked up a huge number of hits over the years, including ‘Hello’, ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’ and ‘Easy Like Sunday Morning’, and according to legal documents he is worth a reputed $200 million.
If Lionel – who recently released a duets album, ‘Tuskegee‘, featuring new versions of his greatest hits – fails to pay the bill then the American government could repossess his property to clear the debt.
The 62-year-old star – the father of Nicole Richie – will next appear alongside Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke as judges on new TV show ‘Duets’.
His representative is yet to comment on the claims.
We were wondering why Lionel took those Walker’s Crisps ad’s!