Tope Adebayo, a director and actor in Nollywood, has given in to pressure as he discusses scamming his business partner.
According to Gossipinfo news, Tope Adebayo became the talk of the internet for a few days when a guy accused him of robbing him of over two million naira.
Although the man claimed that Tope Adebayo’s father and other members of his immediate family were aware of the fraud, the father continued to post him without providing any updates.
Tope Adebayo responded to the internet trends by criticizing the site for allegedly spreading false information about him while maintaining his innocence.
Tope Adebayo declared his partnership arrangement in 2019 but was unable to move forward because of COVID, which shook 2020.
Tope Adebayo also revealed that his partner had taken most of the money he contributed to sponsor the project, which later became an issue
Tope Adebayo, via his Instagram page, extensively disclose how the agreement happened and what led to the disruption in work.
He wrote: “It has come to my attention that an unprofound blog on Instagram posted some lies about me Tope Adebayo without verifying.
“Note that I Tope Adebayo did NOT defraud the guy in question and neither have I EVER defrauded anybody.
“The person that accused me of fraud was a business partner. In 2019, we agreed to shoot a movie series together and split the budget 50/50. He sent his own share and I dropped mine as well. Immediately we agreed on the script, I paid prominent artists, the writers and crews we want to use for the shooting to book date with them.
“In 2020, due to COVID pandemic we could not shoot the movie as planned, meanwhile chunk of the money has been disbursed to script writers,some artists and crews. And I kept him informed as it goes by.
“After a while, he borrowed some money from the project which he received. Later on, he came again to borrow from the money (I understood his situation) which I sent it to him. Along the line, we couldn’t shoot base on our prior agreement, I had to restrategized with the money available since he could not return the money he borrowed from the project. We reduced the number of series.
“Had to reach out to the artists and crews to refix a date for the shooting but it was taking too much time because of the challenges.
“This guy decided that he isn’t interested in the movie anymore. I told him that I will have to source for somebody that is interested in the movie because I can’t go back to the artists and crews for refund.
Although we finally got somebody that is interested in the movie, but she couldn’t do it for now and she postponed it till next year.
“I tried to reach out and inform him but he stopped picking my calls. The mother reached out to me and I told her I will be coming to see her when I am done at my location in Ibadan.
“All of a sudden she sent a text accusing me of black listing her number and also added that I ran back to Lagos (that was the day before yesterday). When I saw the text, I called back immediately but to no avail and I dropped a text that I will come see her but till now am still on set in Ibadan.
“The matter is now being processed.
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