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The rumor mill has been buzzing ever since word got out that Apollo Nida spent Valentine’s Day in Colombia, South Carolina and away from his wife and mother of his two sons, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Phaedra Parks. According to reports, not only did Apollo spend Valentine’s Day apart from his wife, but he was also spotted spending time with another woman the very same night.
Apollo recently responded to the rumors and he’s denying most of the story. He confirmed to TMZ that he was, in fact, in South Carolina on Valentine’s Day, but only because he was scheduled to host an event. As for the woman that several eyewitnesses say they spotted him with, he insists that it was totally platonic. He claims that the woman was just his friend’s sister who works as a bartender at The Palace 2, which is the club that he was paid to appear at that night.
He added that he is absolutely faithful and committed to his wife, Phaedra, so any rumors being spread about sex tapes, nude photos and pregnant mistresses are completely false. Though I’m sure his RHoA co-star Kenya Moore would probably disagree with those statements, since she has insinuated in the past that Apollo is a known adulterer around the Atlanta area.
“We all know his reputation around Atlanta,” the former pageant queen told Arsenio Hall last month. “He likes his extracurricular activities.”
Since there’s no actual proof of this, it’s all hearsay. So, I guess that’s that—for now at least.
It appears that Apollo Nida’s defense team is looking to buy time in his bank fraud trial and it looks like their attempts have been successful thus far. Earlier this month, lawyers on behalf of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star requested for “an extension of time up to and including March 25, 2014,” explaining that the extension “will allow the parties sufficient time to discuss a potential resolution of this case.” It would also help the defense to further review the case and decide whether or not it’s best for Apollo to stand trial or accept some sort of plea deal.
Apparently their wish for an extension has been granted. According to RadarOnline, a judge approved their motion on Feb. 14.
“The Court finds that the ends of justice served by granting the motion to continue outweighs the public’s and defendant’s interest in a speedy trial,” court documents read. “Specifically, this delay will allow the parties time necessary to discuss a resolution of the allegations.”
The trial is set to continue March 25, 2014. If he goes to trial and is convicted, Apollo faces several years in prison. There’s no telling how this situation will play out, but things are looking pretty bad on Apollo’s part. As with anything else, we will continue to keep you posted as this story develops.
Cynthia Bailey Tackles Rumors That Peter Thomas Is Caught Up In Apollo’s Alleged Bank Fraud Operation
At the start of this year we learned that “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Apollo Nida had been arrested and charged with identity theft and bank fraud. Since the initial news broke, many have been wondering whether or not Apollo’s wife, Phaedra Parks, had a hand in his alleged shady operation. Though Phaedra’s involvement in the scheme hasn’t been confirmed or denied as of yet, there’s another “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star that is somehow being dragged into the middle of the drama.
According to the rumors, Cynthia Bailey’s husband, Peter Thomas, played a role in Apollo’s alleged scheme and the couple’s Georgia home is constantly under surveillance by investigators. Cynthia, however, was quick to defend her husband and business partner, insisting that he had no parts in whatever went on.
“I can’t speak on Apollo, but I can say that Peter Thomas doesn’t have anything to do with a bank fraud scandal to my knowledge,” Cynthia told Jet magazine. “The feds are not sitting outside of our house. That is just not accurate information, and this is the first time that I have heard rumors that Peter is involved in any way.”
Peter also distanced himself from the scandal when news of his co-star’s arrest leaked last month.
“I don’t know nothing about it,” he told Sister 2 Sister. “I have absolutely no comment on his arrest.”
“I just have to wait, like everyone else, to see how it plays out,” he continued. “I hope that everything will play out in the best form.”
It’s unclear how these rumors even started, but we’re glad that Peter steered clear of the shadiness.
‘You Will Always Win Telling The Truth:’ Kenya Moore Talks Apollo Arrest Shade And Who She Blames For The RHOA Brawl
When news first broke that “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Apollo Nida was arrested on bank fraud and identity theft charges, one of the first cast members to comment on the allegations was friend-turned-foe Kenya Moore, who pretty much expressed that she knew it would only be a matter of time before Apollo and his wife, Phaedra, were exposed as the insincere people that they really are.
“Losers never win,” the former pageant queen tweeted. “I have always seen through people and I was the first to tell you last season about these people and who they really are #dirty.”
“I said it all on @ArsenioHall,” she added. “#youcantbethatdumb #inonit #angelastanton #neverlieonmeagain #evil #fake #whoscrazynow.”
Earlier today Kenya appeared on NBC’s “New York Live” with Jacque Reid and Sara Gore where she discussed her comments and the infamous RHOA brawl that aired last night. Check out her interview highlights below.
On the comments she made after Apollo’s recent arrest:
“Apollo and I have had our differences and Phaedra, but primarily because they have put out a lot of lies about me propositioning them. Just really trying to hurt me and who I am in the real world and not in our little prism of a show. I think it was just disgusting behavior. Let’s tell the truth, you will always win telling the truth. But when you go after someone to try to drag them through the mud and defame them, slander me time and time again with bold face lies, that’s a problem.”
On who she blames for the RHOA brawl:
“I don’t like to say that just this person is solely responsible. I feel like she [NeNe] set the tone [for the fight]. As soon as I walked into the door. I feel like it was almost a set-up. It was supposed to be pillow talk but then you ask certain questions when you know there’s going to be some tension. And then you keep pressing the issue hoping for a different reaction and that’s exactly what happened.
On being embarrassed by the fight:
“I was just really disappointed by the entire thing. It’s not our brand. I’m embarrassed for everyone and I’m a part of that show so I have to be embarrassed for it. I don’t condone violence and just even more shocking is the responses to it, which to me is more damaging than what actually happened.
On her assistant Brandon being injured in the fight:
“He definitely had some injuries and it was a hard time for him. I felt even more responsible because I brought him in that situation. He was only doing the right thing, which is what any man would do, which is defend a woman. The man that was there, who was a guest of ours, Christopher Williams, grabbed my arm aggressively and he has a not-so-nice reputation when it comes to women. I definitely felt that I was in some kind of danger.”
On if she was injured during the fight:
“My heart is hurt because of what happened.”
Did you see the rest of that fight last night. What did you think of it all?
“Did Y’all See?” is a new MadameNoire video series featuring commentary from MN’s editors on the biggest news of the week, including all the drama that goes down on the hottest shows on television.
Yesterday, we let two writers go head-to-head on the topic of Jay Z, Beyonce, and what some are calling their poor excuse of examples as husband and wife — i.e. their Grammy performance — and now MN’s editors are weighing in on the controversy and bringing out the one element no one has addressed: Jamie Foxx’s remarks about Bey on stage, which depending on who you ask were appropriate given what he just witnessed, or downright disrespectful.
We’re also talking about the RHOA fight seen around the reality TV world between the menses of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and definitively calling out who’s to blame for the smackdown that occurred last Sunday night. Check out the video and join in on the conversation.
The ups and downs in the relationships of the women featured on Bravo’s hit reality show Real Housewives of Atlanta instantly become news headlines and social media debates among cast members and fans. We always get to hear what the women have to say, but what about the fellas?
The men on the show, Gregg Leakes who’s recently married NeNe Leakes a second time, Apollo Nida, husband to entertainment lawyer and entrepreneur Phaedra Parks and Peter Thomas who’s married to model and mogul Cynthia Bailey, recently stopped by our offices for a little face time and we couldn’t wait to dig deep with them. We asked about their marriages and what it’s really like having your love spats put on display for the entire world to see.
Read what “The Real Husbands of Atlanta” had to share on Essence.com
‘I Picked Mine Up There:’ Gregg Leakes Dishes On Meeting Wife, NeNe, During Her Days As An Exotic Dancer
After a few of the Atlanta housewives and their hubbys took a group trip to the strip club last season, it became pretty obvious this particular group of men spend quite a bit of time at exotic dance clubs. So during their recent appearance on “The Bethenny Show,” Bethenny pried a little and questioned whether or not they believe strip clubs are a form of cheating.
“No,” Peter, Apollo and Gregg answered unison.
“Absolutely not,” Peter added. “That’s like our office,” he continued. “Guys go and meet at strip clubs. We’re not there to pick up the girls. It’s just that that’s the environment that we want to be in.”
Speaking of strip clubs, RHOA star NeNe Leakes has never been shy about revealing that she worked as a stripper in the past. And apparently, her hubby, Gregg, has no issues with admitting that’s where he picked her up, either.
“I picked mine up,” Gregg said raising his hand. “She used to work there [at the strip club] and when I went there and I saw her… That’s not where I met her. She invited me to her job and I graciously accepted.”
Phaedra, who was a part of the live audience for that particular episode also chimed in on the strip club discussion.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I represent some of the hottest adult entertainers in Atlanta and have been for almost 20 years now,” said Phaedra. “I have no problems with [my husband frequenting the strip club]. I frequent them myself to visit my clients as well. It’s not considered sleazy in Atlanta to go to a strip club because it’s probably 50/50 men and women there at all times as patrons.”
Though the fellas spoke freely about their strip club excursions, they say that going in the boom-boom rooms with a dancer is absolutely off limits.
“You can’t go to the boom-boom room,” Gregg said as the rest of the men nodded in agreement.
Watch their interview on the next page. Do you think it’s inappropriate for a married man to go to the strip club?
Considering the severity of the charges being brought against “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Apollo Nida and the lengthy prison stint that he could possibly be forced to serve if found guilty, it’s not really all that surprising that rumors regarding his wife, Phaedra Parks, wanting to jump ship are already circulating. Though he has yet to comment on the charges being brought against him, he was quick to nip those divorce rumors in the bud.
It all started when women’s lifestyle site Sister 2 Sister tweeted an article, while questioning whether or not Phaedra and Apollo had already separated.
Well, that I guess that settles it, for now anyway. In many marriage ceremonies couples vow to stick with one another for better or worse. If this isn’t worse, we’re not sure what is.
Well, it looks like Kenya Moore wasn’t the only one hollering, “I told you so,” when news broke that “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Apollo Nida has been arrested yet again. Angela Stanton, who wrote a 2012 tell-all about Phaedra Parks and her alleged criminal dealings, has also responded to news of Apollo’s arrest.
“In 2012, I released my personal memoir, ‘Lies of a Real Housewife: Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil,’” Angela said in a personal statement. “In the book, I detailed the struggles I faced as a young woman drawn to the temptations of crime and the false glamour it affords. I alone am responsible for the mistakes I made as a young woman. Yet, I have felt a certain sense of anger toward the people who used me during that period of my life. Certain individuals found me at a time when I was vulnerable and searching for friendship, and used those traits to lure me into doing their bidding.”
Angela went on to say that she can relate to the woman being implicated as Apollo’s accomplice.
“I read with sadness the news that Phaedra Parks’ husband, Apollo Nida, was arrested for alleged schemes that are remarkably similar to those that lured me years ago. I was troubled to learn that the alleged crimes involved the use of a vulnerable woman to carry out the schemes. The story is all too familiar to me. I sincerely hope that Ms. Parks has not been part of his alleged crimes. I hope that she, like I, learned from her mistakes.”
She also addressed the $30 million lawsuit that Phaedra filed against her in response to her tell-all.
“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.”
Speaking of Apollo’s recent arrest, Radar Online recently published extensive details regarding the terms of the reality star’s bail release and boy, are they strict. For starters, he is being required to regularly report to his probation officer, turn over his passport, refrain from drinking alcohol and surrender all firearms. As if all of that isn’t enough, Apollo is only allowed to leave the Atlanta area if officials approve of his travels in advance. He must also appoint a supervisor to accompany him on those trips. Oh yeah, he has been ordered to actively seek employment—appearing on RHOA doesn’t count. Court documents also warn that violation of any of these terms “may result in the immediate issuance of a warrant for your arrest … and could result in a term of imprisonment, a fine, or both.”
“Apollo And Phaedra, It’s Time For You To Get Off Reality TV”: Wendy Williams On Apollo’s Legal Trouble
This has been a tough week or so for Apollo Nida. When he wasn’t scrappin’ on television with Brandon, he was dealing with all the media attention on him after he was arrested for bank fraud, identity theft, embezzlement and more. Everyone seemed to be talking about that this weekend, including Wendy Williams. She took to her Hot Topics segment to share her two cents on the situation with her audience, and she says, Phaedra and her husband need to get off TV and get their lives together (especially since people think Phaedra knew what was going on with all his dirty dealings).
“It’s really bad…Phaedra’s husband Apollo was reportedly arrested and charged with bank fraud and I.D. theft. He allegedly created fake companies and a fake bank account under real people’s names. He allegedly stole retirement checks from Delta Airline employees, and you know when you open your newspaper and it says, ‘unclaimed money, claim your money’? He was claiming other people’s unclaimed money, allegedly. And collecting checks of people who hadn’t claimed theirs allegedly. Apollo’s fradulent accounts reportedly total more than $3 million dollars.
Apollo and Phaedra, it’s time for you to get off reality TV. It’s really bad…he’s accused of being a real criminal. I mean, you know he did five years in the pen for real criminal stuff. Forging stuff…And then we did a little poll here if Phaedra knew anything about it and we all came to the conclusion that in our minds, well of course she did. Those Bravo checks aren’t big enough to buy a new funeral home and clothes for Mr. President and clothes for the other baby and live that life. Somebody needed a job from someplace and Apollo, the only thing I ever see him doing is fixing things around the house. That’s good though, but that’s not what’s paying the bills unless you’re going to start a Mr. Fix It company and fix stuff around other people’s house and get paid. Apollo…we’re watching you, boy.”
There have also been rumors circulating that since these new allegations against Apollo came out, and actually way back in September after Apollo had his car searched and laptop seized by federal officials, Phaedra and Apollo have been at odds, and that she kicked him out. The rumors claim that Phaedra is only appearing with Apollo at media events and that they’re just co-parenting and trying to make things work for the kids. If this is true, it honestly wouldn’t be a shock because I know all this heat on her family and people saying that she was in on his crimes has to be a lot for the mother of two. Not to mention that on the show he acts very immaturely towards her at times. But we’ll just wait and see what happens.
Do you think they need to get off reality TV and handle their issues privately as Wendy suggested?