Jenifer Lewis is shattered, but not broken.
The “Black-ish” star filed a lawsuit against her ex-boyfriend after learning he’s an ex-con and a con artist hours before her mother’s passing.
In a statement released on her social media pages, Jenifer wrote, “Hours before my mother passed away, I learned that the man I planned to build a life with was a convicted felon and con artist whose criminal career spans more than 25 years, with a special skill in swindling women.”
The Jenifer admitted, “It was like my soul was shattered.”
Read Jenifer’s full statement via Facebook below:
On September 11, 2015, only hours before my mother passed away, I learned that the man I planned to build a life with was a convicted felon and con artist whose criminal career spans more than 25 years, with a special skill in swindling women. This man, whose name is Tony Wilson, had been sentenced in 2010 to four years in federal prison for conning investors out of $4 million and was currently out on parole. I learned also that his name wasn’t Tony Wilson—it was Brice Carrington.
By searching online, I learned that Tony Wilson is a convicted felon and con artist. By searching online, I learned that Wilson, as Brice Carrington, had falsely claimed to be a three-time “Oscar winner” in sound design and had paid a jeweler to create fake Academy Award Oscar statues to lure unsuspecting investors for his sound effects business. By searching online, I learned that Tony Wilson’s current alias—Dr. Antonio M. Wilson, an Oxford-educated Ph.D. in Theology who lectures at UCLA, and who is a self-published author of religious books and a former Navy SEAL—was concocted while Wilson was incarcerated in federal prison.
Unfortunately, I learned the truth about Tony Wilson only after he conned me into investing more than $50,000 into the exact same sound effects business for which he had plead guilty, for which he had served time, and for which he was currently on parole.
Tony Wilson, an LA Fitness Club Manager, introduced himself to me while I was working out at LA Fitness. What began as a professional relationship became a personal one. When I learned the truth about Tony Wilson, I immediately notified LA Fitness. The purpose of notifying LA Fitness was to urge LA Fitness to take action to protect its members, especially its women members. Instead of LA Fitness protecting its members, LA Fitness protected Tony Wilson. LA Fitness protected Tony Wilson by telling me that I should stop accusing its Club Manager of being “a fraud and a con artist.” LA Fitness protected Tony Wilson by “advising” me to stop going to the LA Fitness location where I worked out because Tony Wilson was the Club Manager.
Ironically, LA Fitness protected Tony Wilson by providing him with an email confirming that LA Fitness was notified that Tony Wilson was “a fraud and a con artist.” Tony Wilson then used the email provided by LA Fitness as evidence against me in court. The LA Fitness email allowed Tony Wilson to allege that I had “wrongfully attempted” to have him fired from his job at LA Fitness by bringing to LA Fitness’ attention that he was “a fraud and a con artist,” which, in fact, he was—and is.
That was in October 2015, more than 15 months ago. As I testified in court, “It was like my soul was shattered.” Since then, I have had to pick myself up, put myself back into therapy and take good care of myself. I am of course still mourning my mother and doing my best to trust again.
I have worked hard and now feel emotionally capable to take the final step in my healing, which is to protect others.
Therefore, I have brought suit against Tony Wilson and LA Fitness, given that LA Fitness has continued to protect Tony Wilson and has continued to place him in a position to prey on LA Fitness’ members, especially its women members, as Tony Wilson is still—TO THIS DAY—gainfully employed by LA Fitness.
January 10, 2017
WOW! Who would have ever thought.
Kudos to Jenifer for going the extra mile to keep this man for taking advantage of another woman.
Has this ever happened to you? Let me know in the comments below.