Back in the fall of 2012, a woman named Angela Stanton wrote a book called Lies of a Real Housewife a memoir about her difficult childhood circumstances that ultimately led her to a life of crime. That brief criminal time in her life coincided with her friendship with Phaedra Parks. In that book, she talks Phaedra’s involvement in her criminal past and how she felt she was left our to dry by Phaedra after her arrest. The facts were so shocking at the time that I didn’t believe them to be true. I mean how could Phaedra get away with all the things this book suggested. I have subsequently changed my mind and believe every word in the book. I have kept in touch with Angela throughout her legal battle with Phaedra and watched the case carefully from the sidelines.
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Back in 2012 Phaedra brought suit against Stanton and the publishers and the website that hosted her work. She quickly settled with everyone except her true target, Stanton. Stanton eventually got a great pro bono attorney, James Radford, who has refused to let Parks silence Stanton.This case is of particular interest to me, not just because of its minor connection to the Real Housewives of Atlanta, but because it is a case of someone attempting to intimidate someone into silence. You may have noticed that I don’t cotton to that too well.
Phaedra Parks, who was initial plaintiff, has done everything possible to keep her case from going to trial. Remember, she is the one who filed the charges to begin with. She’s the plaintiff! And yet she refused to be deposed, and then was forced to give a deposition, and then refused to answer questions in the deposition about Apollo, and then the judge had to force her to answer the questions in a second deposition. She’s filed for a Summary Judgment on Stanton’s counterclaims TWICE. Both times the summary judgment was denied without a hearing. Stanton also motioned for a summary judgment about a year ago, and a hearing was held and that motion was also denied.
We are now in the fourth YEAR of trying to get this case to trial. Last week, the judge finally ruled on the second motion for summary judgment which was essentially the identical motion to the first one which was denied. The ruling stated, ” The court notes that in review of the record before it, that there has been no expansion of the record since the entry of that order.” Which is Judgespeak for “Bitch, why are you making another motion just like the one you made a year ago when ain’t nothing changed?” My question for the Judge would be, why did it take you four months to write this two paragraph motion to deny?
Phaedra has gone through six attorneys over the last three plus years. She kind of painted herself into a corner with this lawsuit because now that Stanton has counterclaims, Phaedra will have to answer to them in court. Under oath. Her behavior makes it clear she does not want to do that.
Phaedra’s latest stalling tactic, from what I hear, is to ask the judge to allow her to put this case on hold so that she can take her ridiculous motion for summary judgment that has been denied TWICE to an appellate judge for review. It’s a total waste of time. I have no idea why Stanton’s attorney isn’t filing a complaint of vexatious litigation against Parks. She has shown a repeated pattern of filing frivolous motions to delay the forward movement of justice.
So we are here now exactly where we were one year ago, preparing to set a trial date. It remains to be seen if Parks will be allowed to stop the clock on the case once again while she trots over to the appellate court for more nonsense.
The good news is that Angela Stanton will eventually get the chance to speak on the record. Her voice will be heard and documented. She has not backed down and continues to sell her book, Lies of a Real Housewife available on Amazon. A book that would by now have been long forgotten if not for Parks and her bad decision to file a lawsuit.