(Image via The New York Post.)
Just months after the tragic suicide death of Titi Branch, the 45-year-old co-founder of natural haircare brand Miss Jessie’s, court documents reveal that her sister Miko Branch believed that Titi was driven to suicide. Miko alleges that Titi, who had battled with depression, had been manipulated by her boyfriend Anthony Spadafora. Titi met Spadafora, an entrepreneur from Pennsylvania, on Match.com in 2012. According the New York Post the relationship quickly became serious. According to court documents, it is alledged that Titi gave Spadafora hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund a beard care business and that Spadafora isolated Titi from her family. She also changed made Spadafora the beneficiary on her life insurance policy and changed her will to include him by leaving 50 percent of all her money and assets.
Spadafora has responded to the accusations,
Spadafora called the charges “ridiculous.”
He claims Titi’s bitter falling out with Miko in September 2013 prompted her to change the beneficiary on her life-insurance policy, and drove Titi out of the company she and Miko started together in 2004.
“She was changing everything,” he said.
The sisters “loved each other” but had different management styles, and as tensions grew, Titi couldn’t take the stress, he claims, calling Miko “the bully of Brooklyn.”
“They’re trying to paint me as a villain,” he said.
The accusations already have fans and followers of Miss Jessie’s speculating what might have happened to Titi Branch. Hopefully this situation is resolved in the best way possible.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255.