Tamara Charles Said Freeky Zekey Stole Her Phone & Robbed Her Mother After Booking Fee Dispute For Domestic Abuse Charity Gala
The head of a nonprofit organization that supports survivors of domestic violence accused “Dip Set’s” Freeky Zekey of defrauding her out out of a booking fee deposit and then strong arming her and her mother for the rest.
Tamara Charles, the founder and head of Sisters In Charge Inc., said she made a deal with Freeky Zekey to co-host her nonprofit’s annual black tie masquerade gala Oct. 14 in Melrose, Mass. from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. He was the featured artist on a line up that also included “Love & Hip Hop: New York’s” Juju, as well as “Power” actor Tomike Ogugua.
Charles said she sent Freeky Zekey half his booking fee – $1,600 – and she said they agreed he’d get the remainder at the end of the night.
But Charles said Zekey – whose real name is Ezekiel Giles – didn’t honor his end of the bargain, and showed up seemingly intoxicated and dressed down as the event wound down. She said he took the mic for 10 minutes, hyped the crowd for two songs and spent the rest of the time chatting with Juju. One witness told BOSSIP that Zekey told the audience that money was hard to come by these days, and he had a mortgage to pay.
Since Zekey had essentially reneged on the deal, Charles said she agreed to give him an additional $500 for his time – but not the original $1,600. And that’s when she said things got ugly.
“He grabbed my arm, and he said ‘We need to talk business,'” Charles told BOSSIP. Charles said she went outside with Zekey so as not to make a scene at the event. She told him that it wasn’t fair for him to get the entire booking fee because he didn’t show up until the gala was nearly over.
“He was in my face, yelling.” Charles recalled. “He cornered me by my car. I didn’t know what he was going to do. I was trying to calm things down.”
Charles said her mother, who was a guest at the event, came outside to see what was wrong, and that’s when Charles said Zekey turned his attention to the senior citizen.
“He tells my mother, ‘I’m not leaving your side. I’m going home with your mother,’ Charles said. “My mother is 60-something years old – what did she have to do with this?”
Charles said she got in between her mom and Zekey – and told him to take her life if he had to, just leave her mother out of it. She said Zekey eased up, and her terrified mom said she’d give him some money if he’d leave them alone.
Charles said Zekey and his entourage then followed her mother to her house to get her debit card, and then to a nearby ATM. She said she believes Zekey netted more than $1,000 that night from her family, on top of the $1,600 he already was paid. Zekey then snatched Charles’ phone, she said, and she had to travel to New York City weeks later to get it back from a mutual friend. She said Zekey had erased everything on it.
Multiple guests at the event also confirmed Charles’ version of events, and Charles showed BOSSIP text messages and Instagram DMs between her and a man who identified himself as Freeky Zekey.
“I kept texting him that what he did was wrong,” Charles said. “He would only text back, ‘Love is love.'”
Charles said she was initially going to call the police, but she knew Zekey now knew where her parents lived and she was afraid that he would retaliate against them. She said she also knew his close friends and thought she could reason with him.
Charles said she tried to freeze the initial deposit, but Zekey is fighting her bank to keep it.
“You had my mother involved, you followed her to her house, you followed her to the bank,” Charles said. “Then you take my phone and you reset everything? And now, you wanna fight me over the money?”
She said she has since reached out to the police, and is now mulling a civil suit against the rapper.
“Right is right, and wrong is wrong,” Charles said. “And he’s wrong for this.”
We’ve reached out to a rep for Freeky Zekey for comment.
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