Part 2: Tyler Perry Scandal — Former Employee’s Speak Out

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Part 2: Tyler Perry Scandal

There are many claims on the web and the street that are posted below, I would be here all day if I posted them all..

Tyler Perry Former Employer Message

Disclaimer: These are the opinion and statements from Former Employee’s of Tyler Perry, Not of  RealityTvScandals

 Perry’s Employees Sign Confidentiality Agreements

Note: It is not uncommon for Employee’s to sign confidentiality agreements, however, if one is held to a standard where if you dare to speak out; you face consequences “sued for everything you own”  and have to speak under anonymity,  usually the one forcing one to sign the agreement is wanting to hide something. I am speaking from experience.

 “Two people who have worked there as extras spoke to the AJC on condition their identities not be revealed, due to the strict confidentiality rules”



A hefty confidentiality agreement posted with one notice banned extras from discussing their experiences and specifically banned them from speaking to news outlets.  “They make you sign a lot of confidentiality stuff at security,” one past extra said. “If they find you took a photo, you will be kicked out asap. Perry is super strict about that stuff.”

The person described the property as containing numerous buildings.

“The buildings look like a little town but they’re just store fronts,” this person said. “Inside are just different sound stages except the middle which has the kitchen and various offices.”

A second extra, who also described stringent security, said the property is a showpiece.

“You go to work there and you have to fill out forms and sign a non-disclosure,”  source

Ex Tyler Perry Employee Says, “Tyler Perry Is Rich Because He Does Not Pay His Production Staff

Tyler Perry is a fraud! He gets on television and does all these “inspirational” interviews, but what he doesn’t tell people is that his empire was built on the backs of paying employees damn near minimum wage to write his plays, TV shows, and movies. I couldn’t even keep my bills paid, but I worked over 70 hours a week. He’s not even that nice of a person. We literally came to work everyday in fear of who would be fired next for absolutely nothing. And this isn’t the first time he’s done this. I don’t know if people remember this or not, but Tyler even fired the original group of writers that got him where he was and helped him with his first TV show House of Payne. He told them he would take care of them once they got big, but once he did, he fired them and hired even cheaper writers. I know the actors make decent money, but without the production people and writers, there would be no need to even hire actors. So I don’t understand why he treats us this bad. Tyler is also very manipulative. He knows who made him rich, and so he tells them what he needs to in order to get them riled up before his movies hit the theaters. So he sends out those little stupid emails and always talks about how the haters and white people are trying to ruin black films. But he knows the damn truth. He just rather brainwash them and keep his pockets fat instead. In fact, he knew he would get a lot of criticism for putting Kim Kardashian in his upcoming movie, so he’s already started his brainwashing tactics by doing interviews painting black women as haters, and just like clock work, there will be another email blast from Tyler to his fan base putting Kim on a pedestal just in time for his new movie. I just wanted to get the word out about who Tyler Perry really is. He is a very wealthy man not because he’s smart or talented, no he’s wealthy because he never paid the people who got him there and he still doesn’t. It’s probably not a coincidence that some of his Atlanta studio caught on fire a few weeks ago. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.” Source  Interesting, another fire had broke out since this was published  source

Tyler Perry Turn His Back On The Gay Black Community?

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“I would say 85 to 90-percent of the guys that supported Tyler Perry when he first started were all Black, Gay men — either working on his productions, or friends of his that were in the Black-Gay community.

Tyler, once he got his wealth and money and fame, I don’t like the way he turned his back on the Black-Gay community. He went from being a loud member of the community, out in the club at tracks, video-taping Sophia… Sophia’s Comedy Show on Monday nights… where he stole all his material… to distancing himself from Black-Gay men.

He said, ‘look, no one can know that I’m gay’, and I’m thinking what? ‘Are you looking around? Do you see all these sissy’s you have at this table?’ I said, ‘Why? Why can people not know that you’re gay?’ And he said, ‘If people find out that he’s gay he’s going to lose the support of the members of the Black church.

I’ve never hid my sexuality from anyone, and I couldn’t believe to hear him say that he had to hide his sexuality to make money.

To distance yourself from the Black-Gay community and not come back to support the people who got you started? To take your money, and success, and run away from the Black-Gay community and forget that these men even existed…who got you started in this? I just don’t understand.”Source

In this article here at Access Atlanta,

“And he admires how Perry can do shows significantly cheaper than Hollywood without sacrificing quality. This includes taping multiple episodes at once and getting full creative freedom. (Critics generally dislike much of what Perry does but his audience does not care.)

Then you have this this situation…

Jeff Hermanson, an assistant executive director for the Writers Guild, said the four writers — Kellie Griffin, Christopher Moore, Teri Brown-Jackson and Lamont Ferrell — had sought a union contract because they felt they were underpaid and lacked benefits. Matt Johnson, a Los Angeles lawyer representing Mr. Perry, above, said the firing of the writers was related to “the quality of their work.” The writers are planning to picket this weekend at the opening of Tyler Perry Studios, a 28-acre production complex outside Atlanta. Source

Does Tyler Perry Only Hire Black People And Blame White People?

Tyler is also very manipulative. He knows who made him rich, and so he tells them what he needs to in order to get them riled up before his movies hit the theaters. So he sends out those little stupid emails and always talks about how the haters and white people are trying to ruin black films. But he knows the damn truth. He just rather brainwash them and keep his pockets fat instead. Source

Filmmaker Tyler Perry has blasted reports that suggests he only hires African-Americans for his movies — insisting that he does not discriminate. According to WENN, while an all-black cast for the actor/director’s latest film For Colored Girls was expected, reports suggested that his entire crew was made up of non-white people as well. Tyler said, “I don’t discriminate. I want to know who’s the best for the job but I will ask, ‘Is there a black person that is just as good?’ when we’re in the hiring process because it’s very important to me that the kids, 19 and 20-year-old PAs (production assistants) running around, see it.”

He continued, “They’re looking at me but I want to make sure there’s a fair representation all around. My make-up department is a black woman, the hair department is a black woman, the producers are black. I’ve got black grips, black electricians. These people are almost non-existent in the business, so trying to find them has been a bit difficult but I hope more people will go into it and bring their best.”
Tyler added, “I’m not gonna hire you just because you’re black. You gotta be good at the job because I run a tight ship and we all do above and beyond. Just because you’re black, that don’t mean you’re in.” source

Did Tyler Perry Fire Employees For Union Practice?

The four writers, Kellie Griffin, Christopher Moore, Teri Brown-Jackson, and Lamont Ferrell, as well as supporters from the Writers Guild and the community, will be picketing during Saturday’s opening of Perry’s new studio and they’re asking invited guests to respect their picket line. Together, these writers have written over one hundred episodes of House of Payne. Since April of this year they have been involved in a union organizing campaign with the Writers Guild of America, West so that their work on that show and the upcoming Meet the Browns would be covered by a Guild contract. Despite the enormous success of House of Payne, Perry has refused to agree to a contract that would give the writers health care, pensions, and residuals. On Tuesday of this week he fired the writers, after warning them some weeks ago that they should “be careful about pushing the WGA deal or you could be replaced.”.. Read More At Deadline

In An Interview re: Firing Employees for Union Practices, Tyler Perry Asked If He Demands His Employee’s/Assistant’s To Call Him “Mr. Perry” Tyler Says, “No” But…

Yolanda Ro: I came across an article today that said your workers are forced to call you Mr. Perry. 

Tyler Perry: Nobody is forced to call me Mr. Perry. What that’s about is, I’m 39, and I’ve got kids–who are 18 and 19–working for me. Now I’m from the school of “yes ma’am, no ma’am, yes sir, and no sir”. You’re not going to walk around calling me Tyler and I’m writing you a check. They have to show respect not just for me, but for people like Ruben Cannon who’s 60 something. Source

Note: When someone respects you — you don’t have to force someone to respect you.

Tyler Perry Sued For Not Paying His Contractors  – Master Manipulator?

In an interesting twist, I came across this article on Access Atlanta. 

“Perry tells the story in the fading sunlight of a cold afternoon outside his new house, a 30,000-square-foot palace atop a hill overlooking the Chattahoochee River of how his father was stiffed as a contractor. According to Access Atlanta, ” the claims by several construction firms that Perry gave them the same kind of treatment his father received” 

Six construction firms have filed liens against Perry’s house and his new movie studio, the first established by an African-American.

The court papers show that Perry’s unpaid bills from the two projects total slightly less than $200,000.

The contractors allege Perry refused to pay their final bills either for no apparent reason or because their work met with his arbitrary disapproval. They say he ordered work redone on impulse, deciding he wouldn’t like the stones purchased for an outdoor fountain, for instance, or deeming newly planted trees too short.

“He wanted to do it his way,” said Brooks Hilton, a landscaping contractor who said Perry owes him $17,635. “He wouldn’t take any advice. I guess in Hollywood it works that way, but not in real life.”

Perry, though, said he withheld payment only for shoddy work or for undocumented charges and then only for a handful of the dozens of construction companies he hired. Even those, he said, still got paid hundreds of thousands of dollars each before he dismissed them.

He [Perry] sees the contractors’ complaints as a form of extortion and as part of the burden of celebrity.

The article goes on to talk how Perry grew up etc, then goes on to say,

Perry’s repeated disputes with contractors and others, though, run contrary to the image.

Trying to figure out who’s right and who’s wrong only leads into the murky space between perception and reality.

 Brewing disputes

On Oct. 4, a paparazzi-lined red carpet welcomed guests to the unlikeliest of places: an old Delta Air Lines complex in southwest Atlanta. Now it’s the home of Tyler Perry Studios — “A Place Where Even Dreams Can Believe,” as its Disney-esque motto puts it.

Hollywood’s African-American luminaries — Sidney Poitier, Cicely Tyson, Ruby Dee, Oprah Winfrey and others — came to pay homage to Perry at what a reporter for the television program “Entertainment Tonight” described as “the studio opening of all studio openings.”

“I never dreamed I would witness this in my lifetime,” said a tearful Tyson, one of many guests whose remarks foretold the reaction to another event a month later: Barack Obama’s election as the first black president of the United States.

But even as Perry’s guests toasted his studio that Saturday night and assembled at his home for a “gospel brunch” the next morning, the disputes over construction bills were brewing.

For Trevor Erridge, owner of Multistone Commercial Services Inc., which installed tile and stone surfaces outside Perry’s home, the troubles started just before the new studio opened — “two weeks before he went on ‘Entertainment Tonight,’ ” as Erridge said.

Multistone employees were working on a patio overlooking formal gardens behind the house when Perry stopped by to check their progress, Erridge said. To Erridge, all that remained was “finishing touches.” To Perry, it was clear the work couldn’t be completed before his big party. He fired Multistone on the spot.

Erridge, who says Perry still owes Multistone about $93,000, was stunned.

“We had a fine relationship right up until this point,” he said. “It was a pleasant working experience. Until we didn’t get paid.”

Merritt Huber, whose Carolina Lumber & Supply Co. sold supplies for the studio construction, described a similar experience.

“Early on, he was paying very well — very timely,” Huber said. “As we got later in the year, things got really slow. And now we’re in this mode of not getting anything.”

Perry’s employees never explained why the studio stopped paying Carolina Lumber, Huber said. Finally, in December, he filed a lien — which stakes a claim to the property, should it ever be sold — for $11,782.

“We’re a small business,” Huber said. “He owes us a pretty good sum. It’s not a king’s ransom, but certainly in these times it makes a big difference, especially to a small company like ours.”

Brooks Hilton, the landscaper, worked at Perry’s house for seven months, from September 2007 until March 2008. It was an alluring job, worth as much as $800,000.

But Perry dictated by whim, Hilton said, ordering up new tasks or criticizing work he already had approved. After Hilton’s workers planted a row of 22-foot trees to buffer the house from neighboring property, Perry decided they didn’t provide enough privacy, Hilton said. So Hilton had to remove the trees, bring in enough fill dirt to raise the grade by 5 feet and then replant the trees.

Through his general contractor, Perry fired Hilton’s company last spring. Perry and Hilton are suing each other over the quality of the work, as well as the bill that Hilton said Perry still owes.

But, like other contractors, Hilton expresses little animosity toward Perry.

“Tyler’s an all right guy,” Hilton said. But “he’s the most miserable guy I ever met. He don’t trust nobody. Everybody wants something from him.”

 According To Perry, It’s ‘Ridiculously unfair’

Perry cherishes his privacy. His house is barely visible from the street, and a uniformed guard mans the front gate. Asked how much he spent building the 17-acre estate, Perry demurs, professing embarrassment over the final cost. Walking the grounds, he uses words like “peaceful” and “amazing.”

Then he points out the flaws he says were caused by some of the contractors who complain they haven’t been paid. Dying trees and shrubs. A leaky pool. Mismatched masonry.

“I want to give the little guy a shot,” he said, again recalling his father the subcontractor and the difficult times his family faced when the money wasn’t coming in. But he plans to go to court, if necessary, to fight the contractors who filed liens against his property

He could afford to pay all the disputed bills, Perry said, just to make the conflict go away. “But it’s so ridiculously unfair,” he says. “It is so unfair to be targeted that way.

“Every person I know who has come from where I come from and who has had some level of success deals with this: ‘Because you have it, you should give some to me.’ I don’t mind sharing, but don’t try to extort it from me.”

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