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“I Have Never Committed Any Crime”: Phaedra Parks On Angela Stanton’s Claims That She’s A Criminal Mastermind
We told you in the past about Angela Stanton. She is a former colleague of Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida (I guess you could call her that), and she went to jail for fraud. She also claims that after her first stint in jail, she got involved in racketeering with Apollo and Phaedra, which is what Nida went to jail for, and served even more time for that. When she was released, seeing Parks shining on the show (and mad because she claims that Parks refused to represent her as her lawyer when she was facing jail), Stanton decided to write a tell-all book called Lies of a Real House Wife: Tell The Truth and Shame The Devil, which was to reveal that Parks was involved in just as much dirt as Stanton and Nida. But Parks has been proactive from the moment she heard about the book in an effort to shut all that down. She filed a massive $30 million defamation lawsuit, and Stanton, while commenting on Nida’s recent fraud arrest, said she lost her royalties and more because of the suit:
“Although tragic, the news of Apollo’s arrest has been vindicating for me. Since I published my book, Phaedra Parks has used her wealth and influence in an attempt to silence me. She filed lawsuits against my publisher, and threatened them with years of expensive litigation if they did not cease publication of my book. As a result, I lost nearly all the royalties I was owed. Ms. Parks used her influence in the media to discredit my story and smear my name, casting me as a delusional liar on the pages of popular blogs. After going to prison and losing everything, my story was all I had left, and she took that from me.”
Stanton has been the only one to speak on that lawsuit, but Phaedra Parks is now speaking up. According to Radar Online, on March 31, Parks filed an affidavit in Georgia as part of the suit in response to Stanton’s request for a summary judgment (Parks wants that judgment denied), stating that everything Stanton has said about her has been false.
Parks says that she never did any dirty deeds with Stanton, saying that she “has no knowledge of or connection with any ‘bank fraud scheme” and “was never involved in any criminal enterprise with [Stanton].”
Parks says that as Stanton wrote her book and made the damning allegations about her, Stanton knew she was out here telling lies, saying: “the allegations made by the Defendant in her Book and referenced in the Plaintiff’s Complaint are false” and Stanton “knew the statements she made about the plaintiff were false when she made them.”
And the most important statements came when Parks let it be known that she’s never been in trouble with the law and never has and never will be involved in any crimes:
“I have never been arrested for a crime or charged with any crime. I have never been questioned by any law enforcement agency about any possible involvement in a crime. I have never been involved in any criminal schemes with Defendant Stanton or anyone else. I have never committed any crime other than routine traffic violations.”
But just a couple of months ago, Stanton talked to the Daily Mail and stood by her statements on Parks:
“I have admitted I did wrong. I served my time and even gave birth to a daughter while I was chained to a prison bed. I am not trying to make out I am something I am not. I just want the truth to get out there so people can see Parks for what she really is.”
There you have it. Parks has defended herself in the court documents (which you can see via Radar) and says she’s clean. But who do you think is lying in this?
Things have been pretty crazy since it was revealed on last season’s reunion special that “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kenya Moore and a very married Apollo Nida were exchanging inappropriate text messages behind his wife’s back. However, Phaedra feels that with the current season coming to a close, folks should probably give the whole textgate scandal a rest—especially considering that she says it happened nearly two years ago!
“It obviously is a television show, so it’s for entertainment and you don’t always get to see the full gamut of what truly goes on,” the “Secrets of the Southern Belle” author explained during an appearance on “Good Day Atlanta”. “Textgate happened in 2012. It’s 2014 and they are still trying to run that storyline.”
The mother of two, who seems to generally manage to stay calm, cool and collected, also hinted that Bravo producers continue to revisit the scandal because fellow RHoA star Kenya Moore doesn’t have much else going on in her life.
“Some of us on the show don’t have a lot going on outside of the show. Fortunately, I have several jobs, many careers and many degrees. So unlike some of the other ladies, my life is very full. So I don’t have to talk about something from two years ago constantly and obsess with foolery because I actually have things that I have going on.”
The reality star also discussed her etiquette book “Secrets of the Southern Belle” and what inspired her to write it.
“I think being a lady is definitely a lost art. But of course, being on my show, we see very bad behavior. With social media, all of the Twitter trolls and just people being mean, it seems more fashionable for ladies to be mean more so than nice. So I just thought it was refreshing to talk about being a lady and going back to some of the core values we used to really admire.”
Watch Phaedra’s full interview on the next page. Are you over hearing about textgate as well?
Yesterday we told you about charity event organizer Chase DeCarlo of Dio Bambini, a Chicago organization dedicated to helping battered women and children. DeCarlo came forward stating that he was trying to book Apollo Nida for one of the charity’s events, but was a bit reluctant because he feared that Apollo would scam him out of the $2,000 that he requested in order to make an appearance at the event. The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star is now speaking out about DeCarlo’s claims and he insists that the whole story isn’t being told.
“Not only am I facing legal troubles, but to have something like this [happen]?” Nida told Radar Online. “I get attacked for doing good things.”
The father of two went on to say that he only requested $2,000 for the event to cover his travel expenses, as the event is set to take place in Chicago.
“I’m not going to go to a charity event in Chicago for free,” he said before adding that his $2,000 request was “very generous.”
As for DeCarlo’s fears that the reality star would take the money and run, Nida says the contract contained a clause that the money will be refunded if he’s a no-show, so those claims are bogus.
“There’s a clause that says if I don’t show it’s refunded,” he explained.
As some have previously speculated, the fitness entrepreneur feels DeCarlo is simply using him to attract publicity for the event.
“Don’t lure me in just because you’re trying to get publicity,” he said. “I do not call people and say, ‘Hey do you want to pay me to go to a function?’”
“You do not pull out some ploy like this … Yo do not throw children out there like, ‘Come do this, do that.’ That’s really not cool.”
Nida also posted a YouTube video responding to the allegations.
“For someone to do this to me, it’s completely erratic behavior,” he says in the video. “Right now there are circumstances going on that you all know about. I have a lot of people who are supporting. And there’s a lot of haters who aren’t. For you to try to mess up a brand, Apollo Fitness, Apollo Nida is a brand. The blog site didn’t contact the individual, the individual contacted the blog site to say, ‘Hey, here’s what I think. Here’s Apollo’s contract.’”
Watch the full video below. Thoughts?
Apollo Nida has been receiving his fair share of negative attention lately. And it doesn’t appear that this trend will be letting up anytime soon.
According to Radar Online, promoter Chase DeCarlo is speaking out against the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star after he tried to book him for a charity event. Chase, who is in the process of organizing an event for Dio Bambini, an organization for battered women and children, says that he was hoping to book Apollo and his RHoA co-star Kandi Burruss for the event. While Chase says that Kandi agreed to do the event for free, Apollo wasn’t going for it.
“At first I thought he would do it for free,” Chase said. “His people were saying he wouldn’t mind appearing.”
However, he soon realized that Apollo wanted to be compensated for his time spent at the event.
“We’re trying to get Kandi to come too, and she said she would come for free,” he said.
“At first [Apollo] was like, ‘Ok, I’ll do it for $2,000.’” Then, Chase said he was able to bargain him down to “about $1,200. It’s still a lot, but we’re still in discussion. He just sent me a contract for $2,000!”
Apollo still hasn’t been officially booked for the event .
“I’m still talking with my people to see if it’s worth it getting Apollo to come at all. We have people with a better background willing to do it for free, so I don’t know.”
Chase adds that he has growing concerns as Apollo’s next court date is Apr. 25, just one week before the May 2nd event.
“I’m really, really leery that his court date is before the event,” said Chase. “It makes sense why he’s pressuring me and wanting me to book him.”
“His people told me that I have to pay him everything up front and then they’ll send me a photograph to print on a flyer. I spoke to different celebrities, and he’s the only one who really wants to be paid before the event even happens.”
“I feel like I’m trying to book Beyonce!” he joked.
If Apollo is that much of a headache to book and he has such a sketchy reputation, we gotta ask why Chase wants to book him so bad in the first place.
“It Makes Me Look Like A Damn A**hole”: Apollo Nida Continues To Blast RHOA And Bravo For Bad Editing
We told you yesterday that Apollo Nida responded to criticism of him and his desert-dry birthday speech for wife Phaedra Parks on Twitter by letting people know that his speech was edited down to make him look bad: “It was really good but they edited it & that something I can’t control” I know all I heard from what was supposed to be a beautiful moment was “let’s move forward,” and other sites claim he said, “Thank you for having my children and goodnight.”
Well, in an interview with Jamie Foster Brown of Sister 2 Sister, he elaborated on his issues with the editing and said that his speech to Phaedra for her birthday was actually quite moving. However, Nida says that Bravo’s attempts to make him look like an “a**hole” pushed them to cut down most of what he had to say.
“My speech, it was whole-hearted. I really do admire my wife.”
He told Brown that out of the many things he said in honor of Phaedra, it included that she is “the most magnificent mother that a child could have” and that he’s “really blessed that she is in [his] life.”
“When you’re looking at the edited version, it’s totally different than what the real thing is. Man, do you know I gave her a long speech? I gave her a 15 minute speech. That’s what the TV show does. It makes me look like a damn a**hole.”
I guess whoever is behind the editing is doing a great job, because that man is portrayed as a fella with no redeeming and lovable qualities. But that’s what happens when folks get on reality TV. Even NeNe Leakes recently said in an interview with Essence that she felt Bravo was making her look the fool this season:
“I feel like these networks and production companies—I’m just keeping it real—I just feel like they build you up to tear you down. I feel like they’ve done whatever they could do to try to not show me in the best light. There are so many things that happen on the show and they… I don’t even want to talk about editing, because I feel like so many people cry wolf on editing. I’m just saying that they’ve done whatever they could to try and diminish anything that I’ve done and I’m okay with it because I know about reality TV. Every season there has to be a villain, there has to be somebody that straddles the fence, and there has to be a little s**t stirrer. All of those things make the show. They decide who’s going to be the villain this season or who’s going to be this person or that person. We don’t have any control over that.”
With all that said, what do you make of their complaints?
Apollo Nida Says Bravo Edited Out Most Of His Speech For Phaedra’s Birthday To Make Him, Marriage, Look Bad
Are things between Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida not as bad as they seem on Real Housewives of Atlanta? According to Nida, they might not be.
On Sunday night’s episode, after pissing Phaedra all the way off by being seen making up with Kenya Moore when his wife explicitly said she didn’t want him around her, Apollo tried to fix things by throwing Phaedra a surprise early birthday party. While it was a cute gesture, when it was time for speeches, the one it appeared that Nida gave was quite dry. It was all about moving forward and there really were no ‘It’s my baby’s birthday and I’m so happy!’ moments. Those on Twitter dragged Apollo and his speech, but according to him, his speech for his wife was nice and heartfelt–it was just edited heavily to make him look sorry.
A viewer of the show hit him up through his Twitter handle and said, “@apollonida03 that birthday speak sucks!!! #RHOA” “Speak” of course was supposed to be “speech.”
He responded by saying this:
He also snapped at a Twitter user after last week’s episode where we got to hear his full exchange with Kenya Moore, right before Phaedra confronted them. The individual went a little too hard, saying that Apollo shouldn’t be allowed to go on anymore fancy trips or dinners with the cast until he learns how to be act and is a good husband:
Yikes! While I can believe that the producers of RHOA would edit scenes like that to play up the storyline they want to go with (i.e., Apollo and Phaedra’s relationship is on the rocks), there has been a lot of other evidence through Nida’s behavior that shows the couple are going through a rocky moment. From leaving her outside their hotel room without a key to get in, to copping an attitude with her more than once in front of everyone at their son Dylan’s christening party, and the whole inappropriate text message exchange with Kenya, that all happened, so is Bravo to blame for that too?
“You Need To Stop Trying To Be A B***h”: Kenya And Phaedra Go At It, And Gregg & NeNe Check Peter; RHOA Ep. 19
Was Sunday’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta crazy or what? In a terrible idea to do a part two to couple’s night, Phaedra and Kenya bumped heads, and Peter and Gregg almost came to blows! Let’s talk about a very interesting episode.
Apollo Nida’s court trial has been pushed back again. And judging by the looks of things, there may not be a trial at all. According to the folks over at Radar Online, the troubled “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star is very close to striking a plea deal in relation to the bank fraud and identity theft charges filed against him.
“They are still in the process of investigating additional facts and negotiating a resolution,” court documents explain, and “have made substantial progress toward a resolution of this case.”
As a result, the court has granted his defense team yet another extension. The new extension is to offer “sufficient time to consult with his counsel, investigate all facts material to resolving this matter, and continue said discussions with the government.” If a deal is not reached by the time the latest extension expires, the trial will possibly begin Apr. 25.
If you recall, on Feb. 14 Apollo’s original court date was postponed until Mar. 25. He was arrested at the start of this year after an alleged accomplice accused him of being the mastermind behind an identity theft and bank fraud operation.
During Sunday’s episode of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Kenya Moore resorted to some flirty tactics in an effort to initiate a one-on-one chat with Apollo. Her behavior teetered a bit on the questionable side and left plenty of RHOA fans giving her the extreme side-eye, but in her latest Bravo blog, the former pageant queen explained that it was all an attempt to clear her name in regard to the textgate scandal.
“All the women were invited to the lounge, but of course they were all late so Lawrence and I joined them,” the 43-year-old Detroit native explained. “I did have an ulterior motive in hanging out with them and that was to get the truth out of Apollo.”
She adds that she believes her attempt was a success, as she walked away with the “admission of guilt” that she initially hoped for.
“You catch a rat with peanut butter not salt. Once they were relaxed, it was my moment. I wanted an admission of guilt, an apology, and a resolution from Apollo and I succeeded,” she continued. “As a result of me being non-threatening, Apollo admitted that he felt he could have slept with me yet I never offered him sex (‘I can say how I feel you don’t have to offer.’)”
Her post continues:
“Apollo’s fictional stories about LA and anything else were retaliation for me making him look bad because I revealed his texts to me (‘You took a jab, I took a jab regardless of whose head got knocked off.’)
I wanted closure and to move on. I can’t do that without a conversation. We have never had that and Phaedra deserves to know the truth as well. However, it was Phaedra who decided to go on a national platform and recite Apollo’s lies without ever speaking to me or fact-finding. So not only did he try to hurt me but she willingly participated.”
In closing, Kenya also reiterated her own wrongdoing in the textgate fiasco.
“With that said, I am guilty of one thing and that is responding to Apollo’s friendly texts. I have wholeheartedly apologized as it was inappropriate. Additionally, my poor choice opened the door for these types of people to drag me through the mud outside the prism of RHOA. But liars never win and karma is a bi**h. Stay tuned for the conclusion next week.”
Watch a clip from their conversation below. Thoughts?
Since his January arrest, rumors have been swirling that Apollo Nida is in danger of being kicked to the curb by his wife, Phaedra Parks. Though Phaedra has remained mum on the rumors since their inception, Apollo took to Twitter last month to deny the rumors, insisting that they will “never” split up. Yet somehow, they seem to be resurfacing again.
According to RumorFix, industry whispers imply that while the couple has been desperately trying to salvage what’s left of their marriage, Apollo’s recent arrest seems to have really made saving their union a nearly impossible task. To add to those whispers, Phaedra has dropped a significant amount of weight lately. And while some believe that her weight loss is due to her recent partnership with Xenadrine, others think it’s because she’s preparing herself for the single life.
It is also rumored that the couple has been living separately since his latest arrest. At this point, the divorce talk is all speculation and rumors. For the sake of the two small children, we can only hope that the rumors are false. But as with anything else, we’ll keep you posted as this story develops. Apollo’s bank fraud trial is set to begin later this month.