The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion came to a shocking conclusion this past week, when Phaedra Parks was outed by Porsha Williams as being the source of rumors that Kandi Burruss and her husband, Todd Tucker, wanted to drug Williams. This led Burruss to get upset, as she took it to mean that they were trying to insinuate she was capable of rape.
Yesterday, The Dirty obtained an email that Michael Lissack, who is the Executive Director of Empowering Victims, has sent to the Georiga Bar Association (and copied Parks’s law firm on), requesting a bar investigation of Parks. While TMZ and All About The Tea reported on the story first, we spoke exclusively with Lissack, as he explained his motivation behind the request to us.
Here is the email he sent to Paula Frederick, who is listed as a General Counsel at the State Bar of Georgia:
This is a formal request for a bar investigation of Ms. Parks. As all of America observed on Sunday Ms. Parks deliberately and with malicious intent caused false information about Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker to be nationally disseminated. Ms Parks falsely stated that Ms. Burruss and Mr. Tucker attempted to drug, kidnap, and rape one Porsha Williams.
The fact that these people are all on reality television does not excuse in any way Ms Parks egregious violation of rules 4.1 and 4.4. Ms Parks on national television that she represented Johnny Winston with respect to his disputes with Ms. Burruss. Both Ms. Parks and Ms. Williams indicated on national television that Ms. Williams regarded Ms. Parks as representing her in her disputes with Ms. Burruss (though no formal statement of representation was shown on television)
The Bar cannot allow its reputation for diligence, fairness, and integrity to be impugned by Ms. Parks deliberate and potentially criminal acts.
At a minimum a formal investigation is needed to separate the actions of the wayward attorney from the honored and respected reputation of the Bar.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.”
When we asked exclusively what his motivation was for sending the complaint, Lissack told us that, “TV spent 3 weeks telling us that the reunion would be huge. In my opinion, the reveal on the reunion that Ms. Parks was the source of the rumors was not huge; rather, it was the total perversion of what it means to be an attorney. Ms. Parks should, in my opinion, be disbarred.”
We also asked Lissack for clarification on his reference to “kidnapping” as we did not recall hearing that discussed on the episode.
He told us that, in his opinion, “Kidnapping is holding someone against their will so by definition drugging Porsha so that she can be taken to a location and raped is kidnapping (very hard for anyone to claim consent).”
Finally, when asked for clarification on his claim regarding Parks representing Williams, he told us, “She (Phaedra) did not (say she was representing Porsha). Porsha alluded to the fact that she consulted Phaedra regarding the Kandi cease and desist.”
It will be interesting to see what- if anything- is done with Lissack’s complaint, and we will be sure to keep you posted if anything happens.