"My love failed. I thought it was good enough..."
Back in December, fans of the popular hair care line Miss Jessie's were left shocked and dumbfounded as news of the unfortunate passing of one of its co-founders, Titi Branch, made its rounds. For the most part, family and friends have remained quiet on what exactly caused the 45-year-old to hang herself in her Manhattan apartment just weeks before Christmas, but now things have taken a crazy, twisted turn.
Titi's sister, and fellow Miss Jessie's co-founder, Miko Branch, has filed a lawsuit against the late entrepreneur's boyfriend, Anthony Spadafora and is blaming him for her sister's downfall. According to Miko, Anthony- who Titi met on Match.com back in 2012- isolated her sister from the rest of the family and was using Titi "like a human atm."
“My sister’s death has been a devastating blow. It was only after Titi’s death that we learned more about what she’d been going through and how her affairs were being managed.
[Anthony] wielded exceptional control over [her] while fully aware that her mental health was severely compromised."
Within the two years that 43-year-old Spadafora dated Titi, court documents claimed that he managed to “extract” hundreds of thousands of dollars from Titi, which were used to purchase a $420,000 home in Pennsylvania, as well as obtained a $135,000 interest-free loan with Titi's help. Lastly, the money was also used to help launch Anthony's own beard-grooming line called Maestro’s Classics, (which bears a striking resemblance to the packaging of Miss Jessie's products).
Yet according to Miko, “In exchange [for all this, Titi] received nothing."
Miko also alleges that at one point her sister was ready to leave her boyfriend of two years after finding out that Anthony had made sexual advances to her personal trainer. However, somewhere between Anthony using his charm, as well as threatening to "send compromising photographs that he had taken of her," Titi decided to stay.
But here is where the plot thickens.
Court documents led by Miko's statements also claim that within days of her sister's death, Anthony bombard the Branch family with a number of urgent emails stating he had an entirely new will drafted up by Titi not long before her death, which not only removed Miko as the beneficiary of her sister's $2 million life insurance policy, but apparently gives Anthony 50 percent ownership of Titi's assets and business.
Meanwhile, Anthony is singing a whole different tune.
According to the entrepreneur, he is dismissing the claims as ridiculous and refers to Miko as "the bully of Brookyln."
“They’re trying to paint me as a villain. It was a real love . . . I was dedicated to [Titi] and she was dedicated to me."
Titi, who Anthony affectionately referred to as his "Lady Liberty,'" was sprinkled all over Anthony's Instagram page before he stopped using the social media site all together about a year ago. Although Anthony has one son, Anthony Jr., whom Titi could be seen going on family trips with in between her and Anthony Sr. sharing two homes in New York and Pennsylvania as well as touring the world, it appears that Titi still desired a child of her own and was undergoing in-vitro fertilization, but without much luck. In response to this, the seemingly heartbroken Anthony said:
"My love failed. I thought it was good enough if there wasn’t a baby."
Currently Anthony, whose 22-year-old son is helping to promote the Titi Branch funded Maestro's Beard Butter in place of him, says he wants nothing more than to be amicable with Miko and the Branch family.
“I don’t want to see this turn into a war."
Sigh... so many sides. Who to believe?
Hopefully this case doesn't turn too ugly.
Via New York Post