Apollo Nida from "Real Housewives of Atlanta" may be facing bank fraud and identity theft charges, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting to make more money. Radar Online, April 1, 2014, reports that Apollo's been selling autographs for $6.99 online to generate revenue, but when he was asked to attend a charity event, he demand $2,000 to attend.
Chase DeCarlo of Dio Bambini told Radar Online that he asked Apollo and Kandi Burruss if they would help raise money for a charity event that would aid abused and battered women and children.
Chase told Radar Online, “At first I thought he would do it for free. His people were saying … he wouldn’t mind appearing.”
As Chase talked to Apollo, he discovered that the only way Apollo would show up was if they paid him. Chase said, “At first it was like, ‘Ok, I’ll do it for $2,000.’”
After some discussion, Chase said that he talked Apollo down to accepting $1,200. However, when Apollo sent him a contract, his rates went back up to his original offer of $2,000.
Apparently, when Chase asked Kandi if she would help them raise money, she readily agreed saying that she would do it for free. Chase continued, “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.”
Another problem that sets Apollo apart from anyone else is that he wants payment upfront before the scheduled charity event on May 2. The reason for his request may stem from the fact that his lawyers were told by a judge that he had until April 25 to agree to a deal with the government or he could go to jail. Because his court case is before the charity event, Chase is allegedly reluctant to hand over that much money to someone who may be sitting in prison during the event. Or he could take the money and run.
Chase explained, “I’m really, really leery that his court date is before the event. 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. I spoke to different celebrities, and he’s the only one who really wants to be paid before the event even happens.”