Phaedra Parks is serious about protecting her reputation as an attorney, law abiding citizen and of course, the ultimate southern belle.
The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” reality star has finally filed an affidavit in the defamation suit against Angela Stanton, her former friend who claims Parks was the ring leader of Apollo Nida’s racketeering crimes back in 2005.
According to Radar Online, Parks filed an affidavit with Gwinnett County, Georgia on March 31. The court documents read, “Due to the falsity of the material in the book, and to protect her reputation, on or about September 26, 2012, [Parks] filed a defamation action against [Stanton].”
In the affidavit Parks claims she, “verifies, under oath, that the allegations made by the Defendant in her Book and referenced in the Plaintiff’s Complaint are false,” and that Stanton “knew the statements she made about the plaintiff were false when she made them.”
In Stanton’s book, “Lies of a Real Housewife: Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil,” Stanton accuses Parks of overseeing a “criminal enterprise” that consisted of bank fraud, auto title theft and unsavory business practices. Parks’ husband, his brother and Stanton all served prison time for the crimes, but Parks was never implicated.
The affidavit states Parks “has no knowledge of or connection with any ‘bank fraud scheme’ and “was never involved in any criminal enterprise with [Stanton].”
It continues, “I have never been arrested for a crime or charged with any crime. I have never been questioned by any law enforcement agency about any possible involvement in a crime. I have never been involved in any criminal schemes with Defendant Stanton or anyone else. I have never committed any crime other than routine traffic violations.”
According to the documents, Parks “filed suit to protect her good reputation.”
Stanton has asked the judge to dismiss Parks' $30 million lawsuit.
Meanwhile, her husband has until April 25 to reach a plea deal in the bank fraud and identity theft charges against him.