Charles Ramsey Broke? Cleveland Kidnapping Hero Denies Being Homeless
Charles Ramsey helped Cleveland kidnap victims Amanda Berry, Georgina DeJesus and Michelle Knight escape from the house where his neighbor Ariel Castro had allegedly been holding them captive for years. Despite some financial benefits from being dubbed a hero, it was reported last week that Ramsay was currently broke and homeless – claims he’s now firmly denying.
"It's bull s–t," Ramsey told Cleveland TV Station WYKC about the story "That's the politically correct word for it."
The story Ramsey is taking issue with was first reported by the U.K. Daily Mail. After it was published last week, the tale of Ramsey’s lack of income and housing went viral. The publication quotes Ramsey saying, “I’m broke bro, and that’s the truth,” and says he claims he’s homeless. The story suggests Ramsey cites his newfound fame as both the reason for why he can’t hold a job or get a landlord to take him in.
Furthermore, sources apparently told the MailOnline that Ramsey has already earned roughly $30,000 for speaking engagements and donations. The sources claimed the hero stood to earn about $50,000 more for future speaking engagements he’s booked. The report also stated that some of Ramsey’s old neighbors believe he exaggerated his role in aiding the three women’s rescue – that he'd helped pry open the door of Castro’s house and allowed Berry to use his cell phone to phone police.
“What I’ve made is a whole bunch of friends, and what I’ve been doing is borrowing money from a whole bunch of friends,” Ramsey explained about his financial situation. “Where’d I go from? I went from a dishwasher, to a millionaire to broke? Does that make any sense?” Since he hasn’t been able to get a job in restaurant kitchens, he’s decided to become an entrepreneur and plans to sell merchandise with his likeness on it through his website CharlesRamseyLive.com. T-shirts will be sold for $25.
Castro has been charged with 977 counts of kidnapping, rape, assault and a number of other offenses. He has pled not guilty to all charges.
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