Apollo Nida of The Real Housewives of Atlanta due in court later this month on charges of bank fraud and identity theft, is at the center of a new controversy after demanding $2000 upfront to attend a charity event for battered women and children. According to Radar Online, Chase DeCarlo of the charity Dio Bambini, says he approached Nida, the husband of cast member Phaedra Parks, along with fellow RHOA castmate Kandi Burruss, to attend a fundraising event.
“At first I thought he would do it for free,” DeCarlo says. “His people were saying … he wouldn’t mind appearing.”
But that quickly changed.
DeCarlo says, “At first it was like, ‘Ok, I’ll do it for $2,000.’” Then, DeCarlo says he bargained him down to “about $1,200. It’s still a lot, but we’re still in discussion. He just sent me a contract for $2,000!”
“We’re trying to get Kandi to come too, and she said she would come for free,” DeCarlo says.
“I’m still talking with my people to see if it’s worth it getting Apollo to come at all. We have people with a better background willing to do it for free, so I don’t know.”
Nida is working on a potential plea deal with federal prosecutors in his bank fraud and identity theft case. A judge told his lawyers that he had until April 25 to come to a deal or possibly face prison.With DeCarlo’s charity event scheduled for May 2, he’s worried Nida might take the money and run.
“I’m really, really leery that his court date is before the event,” DeCarlo says, especially since Nida wants the money up front. “It makes sense why he’s pressuring me and wanting me to book him.” “His people told me that I have to pay him everything up front and then they’ll send me a photograph to print on a flyer,” DeCarlo explains. “I spoke to different celebrities, and he’s the only one who really wants to be paid before the event even happens. I feel like I’m trying to book Beyonce!” DeCarlo jokes.
Given that Nida is a convicted felon with a history of running scams, DeCarlo says, “It seems like that’s exactly what he’s showing now.”