Stella Lost Her Groove
There was widespread disbelief in the streets of Harlem today. â€œYouâ€™re kidding me right? Is that stuff for her next movie?â€? said Ayana Bishop, who added that sheâ€™s a big fan of the authorâ€™s. â€œIâ€™m gonna go home and do a google before I believe that.â€? Another lady, Krista Jefferson, who also says sheâ€™s a McMillan fan, was incredulous. â€œThis downlow business is going too far,â€? she said
Sometimes fact surpasses fiction. Celebrated author Terry McMillan has filed for divorce from her Jamaican-born husband saying she is the victim of fraud since he is gay. The allegations are revealed in court papers filed in Contra Costa County Superior Court. The explosive story was first reported by the San Franciso Chronicle last Sunday. McMillanâ€™s husband, Jonathan Plummer, is 23 years younger.
Their romance is widely believed to have formulated her work of fiction, "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," which was a run-away best seller. That book detailed a hot relationship between an elder woman and a Jamaican old enough to be her son. An earlier book, which became a film, â€œWaiting to Exhale,â€? is believed to have sold 4 million copies. Ironically, in an interview in the current issue of Essence magazine on newsstands, McMillan, 53, suggested marital bliss.
Responding to an interviewer regarding her family, she says, â€œJonathan, my husband, is good and weâ€™re happy.â€? The court papers detailed in the Chronicle report suggests otherwiseâ€”the couple has been married six years. McMillan contends Plummer used her to gain access to a Green card. â€œIt was devastating to discover that a relationship I had publicized to the world as life-affirming and built on mutual love was actually based on deceit,â€? the papers detailed in the Chronicle states.
â€œI was humiliated.â€? McMillan contends Plummer, who wants to void their pre-nuptial agreement of having an eye on her fortune. â€œJonathan has manipulated me from the very beginning in his scheme to come to the United States, become a citizen and get rich through someone else's effort,â€? states McMillan in her court papers detailed in the Chronicle.
She also claims that he stole $200,000 from her accountâ€”he admits to $62,000 and claims he plans to repay it. Plummer himself claims he has been punished by a â€œhomophobicâ€? McMillan, it was reported. â€œAll I want to do is settle the case in a way that's fair to both parties ... and that allows Jonathan sufficient funds to re-establish himself,â€? Dolores Sargent, Plummerâ€™s attorney is quoted saying in the Chronicleâ€™s report.
There was widespread disbelief in the streets of Harlem today. â€œYouâ€™re kidding me right? Is that stuff for her next movie?â€? said Ayana Bishop, who added that sheâ€™s a big fan of the authorâ€™s. â€œIâ€™m gonna go home and do a google before I believe that.â€? Another lady, Krista Jefferson, who also says sheâ€™s a McMillan fan, was incredulous. â€œThis downlow business is going too far,â€? she said. â€œNow we gotta have every brother pass a downlow test?â€?
But some men were not as forgiving. â€œYou telling me she was sleeping with him for six years and didnâ€™t know the man was gay? I call it denial man, denial,â€? said Mahmood Ferguson. Moreover, Plummer claimed when he met McMillan in 1995 in Jamaica, he didnâ€™t know he was gay, the Chronicle reports. The two married in 1998 and lived in McMillanâ€™s multi-million dollar home. After the marriage collapsed, the couple went separate wars before last Christmas.
â€œI was kicked out of the house in December right after I told her,â€? about being gay, Plummer said in an interview with the Chronicle. Yet, reports the newspaper, McMillanâ€™s court papers state that her husband admitted to his sexual orientation after she demanded for an explanation about â€œhours of phone calls to a male friend living in Jamaica,â€? and that she â€œlater learned that Plummer was participating in online gay chat sites.â€?
Plummer claims McMillan has subjected him to abuse since he confessed he was gay, reports the Chronicle. He claims she went to his dog-grooming business and tossed a ceramic object across the room and called him a â€œfag.â€? The Chronicle reports that in a letter by McMillan dated January 14, the writers told Plummer, â€œThe reason you're going to make a great fag is that most of you guys are just like dogs anyway. ... You do whatever with whomever pleases you and don't seem to care about the consequences.â€?
Plummer told the Chronicle McMillan went to his dog-grooming business and left a bottle of Jamaican hot pepper sauce after writing on it, â€œFag Juice Burn Baby Burn,â€? the paper reports. On June 17, the Court ordered McMillan to pay Plummer $2,000 a month in spousal support and $25,000 in attorneyâ€™s fees until a trial on the validity of the prenuptial agreementâ€™s validity and the motion to annul is heard in October, the Chronicle reports. (See www.sfchronicle.com.)
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