One of the downsides of having your own website, is that it takes a lot of work and consumes all of your time. It keeps me from reading other blogs that I used to really enjoy, like StraightFromtheA. Michelle is a great source of RHOA tea because she is very active in the ATL social life and runs in the same circles as a few of the housewives. Phaedra in particular. Because of her friendliness with Phaedra, Atlien has been fairly mum on the unfortunate position that Phaedra is currently facing. She did however post recently about a party to celebrate Cynthia’s spread in Ebony Magazine, that she attended. She is also the source for the numerous reports you guys a have sent me (thanks!) about Phaedra “taking a leave of absence” from filming RHOA. If you had told me that the story was coming from Atlien I would have investigated sooner. I’ve drilled down all the tea. Grab a snack and get ready for this because there is a lot to cover. And for me the Phaedra stuff is a mere side order.
I am continuing to research and am not sure where to start. First of all, the party was held on July 17th at Bar One to celebrate Cynthia Bailey’s Ebony Magazine spread. All of the former housewives were there except three. According to Atlien, Phaedra was en route when she was tipped off that Apollo was there. She opted not to show up. It is interesting that production would not alert Phaedra to the fact that her soon to be ex husband would be at the event.
As you recall, I exclusively reported that the previous day, July 16th, Apollo, Phaedra and the boys were filming in Chastain Park. They arrived in separate cars, even the boys and the nanny had their own car. It sounded like a supervised visitation sort of thing to me. I speculated that it would be the Phaedra and Apollo breakup scene. Perhaps she presented the divorce papers. There have been reports of Phaedra filing for divorce this week. I found nothing on the website to substantiate that claim. However, it is obvious that will be happening. My spies in Phaedra’s neighborhood say they haven’t seen Apollo at the house in quite some time. She’s done with him. This is not news. Continue reading
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While Apollo was frolicking in the park with Phaedra today, the court handed down his restitution order. Or perhaps it happened this morning so he could be freed up for his unpaid Bravo job. The court has ordered that Apollo repay $1,948,214.85 to his victims. Restitution is to be paid jointly and severally in accordance with the restitution order to be paid by Gayla St. Julien. Which basically means they are both responsible until the balance is paid off. Payment is due immediately.
Any money he makes in prison (prison wages are as low as 25 cents and hour) will be paid directly to the restitution fund. Upon release, Apollo will be required to get a job and pay back $250 a month plus 25% of any gross income beyond $2,300 a month. Below is the list of his victims, who will never get their money back. Continue reading
It’s a beautiful July day in the ATL! What a lovely day to take your kids to the park to visit with the father who will soon be off to the pokey. And of course the Bravo cameras are there to capture it all on film. This afternoon, Phaedra, Apollo and their sons the Mayor of Toronto and the President of Sudan or whatever are at Chastain park having a custody visit. Phaedra came in her car, Apollo came in his car, the nanny came in her car.
There is Bravo crew everywhere. This scene reminds me of the time Sheree and Bob went there to talk and Sheree assaulted him with a drink. Hopefully this scene will go a bit better. Whatever could the storyline be? A divorce discussion? A scene for Phaedra to deny any knowledge of Apollo’s criminal ways? A scene where Phaedra says she is selling the house and moving to Athens? Continue reading
I prefer the avocado edition of Phine Body
UPDATE: Apollo took down the other question and has a new one today!
Apollo’s lawyer has kept him off of twitter for almost a full month. Prior to that his twitter had been a fount of hilarity. Apollo tweeted his ignorant ass off about needing to have is account verified since he is famous. He tweeted about his brand. He made random announcement about deadlines for people to ask him to come host an event. It was glorious. Then it went radio silent. There was a series of interesting changes in the design of his twitter page. A few weeks ago, all traces of Phaedra were removed from his site, except for the cover of the Phine Body videos he was still trying to sell. His “brand” changed from Phine Body to Nida Fitness. And now it seems he has been told he can’t use Phaedra’s likeness on his site even on “his” Phine Body videos. They are still there, but only to the top of Apollo’s head. You really need to go look. But not just yet. Because Apollo has a question….
I’m getting a lot of questions about Apollo’s sentence today. The other post is already sort of jumbled due to the flow of updates, so I will break it down for you here. Despite the fact that many news stations report that Apollo faced “up to 30 years,” that was either media hype or a lack of understanding of the law. The maximum sentence for bank fraud is in fact 30 years, but Apollo was never facing the maximum sentence. First of all, there are guidelines the judge follows on sentencing that I told you about here. I told you that there were two factors that are involved on determining a sentence. First, is the Criminal History Category this is a number from one to six based on all of his past run-ins with the law. Each instance results in a certain number of points. Apollo had a total of eleven points for previous infractions. This made him a Category V. Today, the judge did not grant Apollo’s attorney’s request to lower his a Category IV based on so many of his infractions occurring in his early twenties. His ruling was based on the fact that his arrest free decade occurred when he was incarcerated for the majority of that time. So his past criminal behavior number is a five.
Now picture a piece of paper with the numbers 1-6 heading up six columns across the top of the page. Down the left side of the page, you will have lines numbered from 1- 43. Those numbered lines represent the seriousness of the charges he is currently being sentenced for. I’ll spare you the math and tell you that he was, as best as I can determine, a level 30. So if you put your finger on line 30 and ran it over to the Category V column you would land on a sentence of 151-188 months (approximately 13 -15.5 years). That was the actual sentence Apollo was facing. Continue reading
UPDATE: Phaedra did not go to the sentencing. Apollo’s mother and brother both made a plea to the court for leniency. Apollo was described as “calm.”
Apollo’s lawyer did a great job of trying to plea down Apollo’s time. He spoke about Apollo’s upbringing, his lack of education (duh) and quoted statistics that 60% of African-American males who drop out of high school end up in prison.
Apollo’s mother was very emotional. She gave a statement saying that she was not a good mother, she was a cocaine addict who was in and out of prison. She had no husband. Apollo had no father. Apollo was granted a voluntary surrender so that he can be out until he is assigned a prison. He was also given a drug and alcohol program. This is one of the only ways to get your federal time reduced. Apollo doesn’t have a drug or alcohol problem and this is simply good lawyering by his attorney. He attorney also got the promise of placement in a facility as near to Atlanta as possible so that his children can visit him.
This is beyond a light sentence. He gets a reduction for being stupid and black? He gets a reduction for a drug problem he doesn’t have? He gets voluntary surrender so that he can do some season 7 filming? What is the deal with this judge? He sentenced him as a Category 5 and he gets 8 years? Continue reading
Felons by Bravo
Tomorrow is the big day for Apollo Nida’s sentencing. It is amusing that I read on another site that Apollo feels like Peter Thomas was somehow throwing shade on a red carpet recently when he responded to a question about Apollo by saying basically that he was doing as well as someone who is about to go to prison can be. Apollo seems to think there is a possibility he is not going to jail. There isn’t. He is going and the only questions are how much time he will get and when he will have to report to prison.
It looks like sentencing is actually going to happen as scheduled tomorrow. On Thursday, Apollo’s attorney filed a motion that is attempting to get a downward departure on his Criminal History Category. As we learned with the Giudice trial, sentencing guidelines are based on two magic numbers. Criminal History Category and Offense Level. There are six categories for criminal history and currently Apollo is at Category 5, the only one higher is Category 6 which is like the Charles Masons of the world. Apollo’s lawyer is asking that he be moved down to a Category 4. He makes a fairly decent arguments stating that much of applies prior criminal activity occurred when he was 19-23 for probation violations, providing a false name and a DUI. His lawyer made a pretty good case for a downward departure. Continue reading
Is it just me, or did Apollo Nida disappear on the day of his financial deposition on June 10th?
For the last few months, Apollo has been on some sort of U.S. Felon Farewell tour while out on a tiny bond, bidding his fan base farewell, and you know, hyping his brand and stuff. His last tweet. On Monday June 9th, was from Arkansas where he urged the fine citizens, ” ARKANSAS STAND UP YA BOI IS HERE.” Since that post, there has been no news on whether the folks in Arkansas stood up. However, it would seem that Apollo has finally taken several seats. But where?
The following Tuesday, June 10th, he was scheduled to sit for a financial deposition with the feds with regard to his plea deal. In case you missed it, here is the post that lists all the items he was required to bring in, including a good deal of Phaedra’s financial records. I’m going to assume he showed up there. Continue reading
I hope my cellie has a purdy mouf!
Apollo Nida returns to federal court on June 10th to sit for a deposition in compliance with his plea agreement. According to the documents obtained by Tamaratattles.com, the deposition will continue “from day-to-day until adjourned.” So I guess they will continue to meet with him for as long as it takes to get all the information that they are requesting. As is typical, they are requesting a lot. What I find interesting is that in his plea deal, the Feds agreed to tell the judge that Apollo had no money to pay any fines with. I assumed from that the Feds had already examined his financial situation in detail. Or maybe it was just their way of saying his assets did not exceed the amount he will owe in restitution.
This examination is crucial for the 2.3 million restitution he will have to pay back to the victims. Despite Apollo not believing he actually as any victims, the government believes that Apollo is indeed a “thief of that essence.” The government wants to marshal all of his assets (and Phaedra’s to the extent they are the proceeds of or derived from the stolen funds) so they can figure out how to divide what he has to provide restitution to the victims; any balance remaining after they sell and liquidate his assets (and Phaedra’s if they can prove they came from stolen funds) will be included in a restitution order. Continue reading
Apollo does the whole interview in sunglasses. Is he going to use the Phaedra beats him in his sleep excuse again? Also, for those of you who follow the usual drinking phrase, “at the end of the day” on RHOA telecasts, even though this is only 25 minutes long, you will not make it to the end if you follow that course of action.
Apollo just said that they transcribed into the records of his plea deal that Phaedra is exonerated from everything! That is not true. What is in the transcripts is Apollo apologizing to his wife and him saying she had nothing to do with it. That’s a red flag. Then he outright lies and says he was deposed by Angela Stanton’s attorney. He was not deposed by James Radford, Angela’s current attorney because I contacted him directly and asked him when he said the same thing in Sister 2 Sister. Apollo was not deposed in Phaedra’s case, and for that matter Phaedra herself has not allowed herself to be deposed. Continue reading
First of all, I’m need y’all to go laugh at Apollo on TMZ here. I’ll wait. Apparently, Apollo is not happy that people are calling him out for being a snitch for the Feds. Being the brilliant public relations mind that he is, he hopped on twitter and tweeted that rapper, T.I. and football player Michael Vick both were snitches as part their plea deals. Because when your image is bad, you want to align yourself with upstanding citizens, like, you know that football player that went to jail for cruelty to animals. This did not work out so well for Apollo. Continue reading
I am reading though the plea agreement now. Just as we suspected, the reason this loser is not behind bars is because he has agreed to snitch. It’s right there in the plea deal under “Consent to Undercover Work” where he agrees to be wired and speak with whoever the government instructs him to speak with. At this time I should point out that in addition to Apollo having an attorney, he has also added himself on to the case as Pro Se (his own attorney). I’m being told that may be something Phaedra wanted as it allows Apollo to receive all the court documents his attorney gets. Some are suggesting this duplicate paperwork is for Phaedra to stay on top of what is going on. Like the fact he is going to be roaming around wearing wires. He has also agreed that the government can contact him directly for these assignments without going through his attorney. Continue reading