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.”

Bu Nida tells Radar  a different story.“Not only am I facing legal troubles, but to have something like this [happen]?” Nida said. “…I get attacked for doing good things.I’m not even the person in correspondence with this guy,” insisting his branding manager was handling the negotiations.

“I have a marketing and booking company that books me and markets me and brands me. All of my stuff is official.”

In fact, according to his “attorney drawn-up contract,” obtained by Radar, Nida would have been required to return his 50% deposit on $2,000 even if he didn’t go through with the event. “There’s a clause that says if I don’t show it’s refunded,” he explains.

As for the $2,000 fee, Nida says, “I’m not going to go to a charity event in Chicago for free,” since he would need to pay for travel and expenses. As such, Nida says his proposed fee of $2,000 was “very generous.”

Now, he feels like he was being used as a pawn.

“Don’t lure me in just because you’re trying to get publicity. I do not call people and say, ‘Hey do you want to pay me to go to a function? You do not pull out some ploy like this … You do not throw children out there like, ‘Come do this, do that.’ That’s really not cool,” Nida tells Radar. “This is how I feed my family and how I feed myself. What the hell?”

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8 thoughts on “Did Apollo Nida Ask A Charity for Appearance Money? He Says That’s Not The Whole Story

  1. Emily on said:

    Why did you all ask Apollo to appear for the charity event? You knew his background and legal issues prior to asking him!

  2. Camella Jenkins on said:

    And why is he still being considered as a cast member after all of the crap he’s involved in? Buzz word is Bravo giving hoodlum hood chick Porshia the boot for assaulting Kenya, why doesn’t that apply to that criminal thug hoodlum Apollo?

  3. Guest1 on said:

    What kind of organization would ask Apollo Nida to represent at a charity event for battered women and children? Apollo Nida, the convicted felon, who is on the brink of being sent back to jail for bank fraud and identity theft. The same Apollo Nida, that put the beat down on Brandon Deshazer? Who’s he representing? The batterer? Nothing positive about him. He is definitely the wrong person for this event. Not only because of his criminal past or his pending incarceration, but because he is not to be trusted. I don’t know why DeCarlo is still in discussion with him. He doesn’t even trust him.

  4. redbone1954 on said:

    I would leave that alone you could probably boo Bey for free at least you know she won’t be in jail amd we all know she does not need the money Good Luck! Hope you event is successful!

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