On Sunday’s episode of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” on VH1, cast member and R&B singer K Michelle said she was leaving for New York City to focus on her music career. She has sine said she is joining the original (and less popular0 “Love & Hip Hop,” New York edition.
Yesterday, her Atlanta landlord filed an eviction notice against her for failing to pay her last two months rent before leaving town. (If this sounds vaguely familiar, see this story about Kenya Moore over at “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”)
[UPDATE: August 27, 2013: She paid up her rent to the landlord, empty threats notwithstanding]
The filing to Fulton County magistrate court says she owes $6,450 (plus late fees), plus an additional $1,250 in filing and administrative fees. The paperwork said she had not paid June or July rent. (Her monthly rent was $2,400.)
I don’t know the name of the landlord, who is based in Venezuela, but the broker listed on the filing is Jason Lapene. I reached out to him and he said she rented the Atlanta apartment in October but wanted out early.
He said he was willing to let her get out of her lease early without penalty if she’d let him rent it out as quickly as possible.
“I was trying to accommodate her,” Lapene said today. “But she just disappeared and didn’t give me the keys. I don’t even know what the deal is. She didn’t tell me she was leaving and made it difficult for me to sell the unit. She made it miserable for me.”
K Michelle, who showed quite a temper on the show but was kinder in more recent episodes, did not respond to an email. (Her non-stage name: Kimberly Pate.)
UPDATE 8/1/13: she later went on Instagram to say she moved out four months ago and the shower didn’t work. She also implied that Lapene was doing this for financial gain or attention. That was not the case. We don’t pay sources. He didn’t solicit the attention.
The fact is she had a year-long lease she cut out early on and now won’t pay up for doing so. She ignored two emails I sent yesterday but did respond to me today after I tried to correct some falsehoods in her Instagram note. Here was her non-response:
Let this be your last email to me. You are now placed in spam.
When I wrote back, “Shoot the messenger, eh?” she responded by .ccing her attorney Matt Middleton and accusing me of harassing her and threatening legal action. Classy!
Lapene said in a follow-up interview she moved out July 12, providing me proof, and the water was working as of yesterday.
“Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” wrapped up its second season Monday. The reality show itself has seen steadily rising ratings the past few weeks, hitting a series high of 4.15 million viewers Monday night. The only episode that has more viewers was a reunion episode last year with 4.4 million viewers.
For context, no regular “Real Housewives of Atlanta” episode has ever broken 4 million viewers.