You’ve probably read your fill regarding Apollo’s arrest and alleged activities, at least until more details are posted! Reality Tea has a fair number of new details posted (Click here). What viewers haven’t paid attention to is the long awaited defamation suit against Angela Stanton and then Stanton’s countersuit against Phaedra, now scheduled to take place Feb. 4th. I wouldn’t count on that date, friends and readers.
Given Apollo’s recent arrest, I would imagine that Phaedra’s new legal team will want more time to digest Stanton’s claims. Yes, NEW legal team, if the earlier report from “Rhymes with Snitch” is accurate. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall to know why they dropped her as a client. As if the lawsuit and countersuit weren’t enough, UrbanBelle Magazine picked up in 2o13 where Hip Hop Daily left off in its earlier conversations with Jessica Lacy Voker (the 2012 conversation linked above, the 2013 conversation linked below).
Who is she Jessica Lacy Voker? She is the woman who claims that Phaedra is the godmother of her child, and a long time family friend. Last heard from, she was also planning to write a tell-all book. In prior interviews JLValleges that:
- Phaedra was connected to a prostitution ring, one that she (JLV) claims to have run with her.
- That Phaedra has her own criminal past beyond that – and that she believes Apollo’s hands are cleaner than his wife’s
- Phaedra’s partying got a little dirty at times
- Phaedra slept with her husband and helped wreck her marriage.
Hip Hop Daily’s 2013 interview posts text messages Jessica claims to have exchanged with Phaedra regarding a “party” she was planning for pro athletes and needed to, ahem, procure few women to get the party going. You can hear Jessica, in her own words, discuss her relationship with Phaedra. Like Stanton, if she’s making it all up, she’s either pretty damned convincing or I’m pretty easily fooled. If she’s lying, it’s one of the few times I’ve been fooled by something like this.
P.S. … Phaedra is not the only RHOA targeted in Jessica’s account of the shady side of life in ATL. I’ll let you discover that one on your own – but it most likely won’t surprise you! I have no doubt that the feds are giving the accusations from both Stanton and Volker against Phaedra a second look, given Apollo’s current legal issues. The claims made by alleged co-conspirator St. Julien, aka, the “Right Hand B–“, are so shockingly similar to those of Stanton that they are too troubling to not investigate. Even though there are NO charges (None, nada, zip, dead air -nothing there) against Phaedra at this time, I have no doubt that even if his wife is innocent, she is now most likely under investigation because of his alleged actions.
Innocent until proven guilty? Yes. Feds with wiretaps? There are no words. Ultimately, between Apollo’s case, the suit against Stanton, Stanton’s counter, and now Jessica Lacy Voker’s claims and possible upcoming book, the Parks-Nida is in a position of potentially losing it all. Their reputation has been marred and the cost of fighting these claims will become, if it hasn’t already been, a serious financial burden. This is a real American tragedy. If it’s true, these are people who were on the verge of having it all, only to throw it away. If it’s not true, and neither is actually guilty, this is a family that will most likely never be able to remove the stench of this case.
Is this the price of reality TV? Is there something about this format that causes people who might not otherwise have been able to withstand public scrutiny in some other setting to sign up for reality TV – which then becomes the televised forum for their ultimate downfall (Parks-Nida, Giudices, Lauritas, etc)? What kind of people are being attracted to this form of media? Are we all in the dark? Are there stars in other forms of media (television and film in particular) having the same kinds of problems, but with better PR and management teams to handle their risky business issues and other legal troubles? Somehow I doubt it. Reality TV seems to be it’s own worst enemy.
Do you agree with Wendy Williams that it’s time to let Phaedra go? Bossip on WW and PP, April 2013