Wendy Williams issues statement denying mental health issues, releases photos of herself
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Talk show host Wendy Williams has, through a court filing, broken her silence about her ongoing health issues that have caused her to miss the entire 13th season of her eponymous talker.
The host has been the target of speculation about her physical and mental health, with her brother claiming she was showing signs of dementia and reportedly being rush to the hospital in some type of mental health crisis.
Williams has been public with her past battles with mental health, addiction and thyroid issues as well as Graves Disease.
“On behalf of Wendy Hunter, professionally known as Wendy Williams, as counsel to her and her affairs, Wendy wants the world to know that she strenuously denies all allegations about her mental health and well-being,” wrote LaShawn Thomas, Williams’ attorney.
Williams and her legal team filed an affidavit in the New York Supreme Court reading, in part:
“For more than two weeks, Wells Fargo has repeatedly denied my requests to access my financial assets, which total over several million dollars. I have submitted multiple written requests to Wells Fargo and I have visited various Wells Fargo branches in the South Florida area in an effort to resolve this matter outside of the courtroom. To date, I have submitted and made over a dozen requests, regarding the financial damages resulting from Wells Fargo’s decision to unlawfully deny me access to my accounts. As a result of my inability to access my financial assets, I have defaulted and I am at risk of defaulting on several billing and financial obligations, including, but not limited to, mortgage payments and employee payroll.”
Affidavits are legal documents that can be either directly written by someone or prepared by a third party. However, affidavits are considered to be made under oath and typically require a third party witness or notary to verify that the person signing it affirms the contents are true.
In her statement, Williams also suggests that an employee on her staff appears to be the reason Wells Fargo allegedly froze access to her accounts.
That employee, former financial adviser Lori Schiller, allegedly voiced concerns that Williams was not fit to manage her own affairs, triggering the Wells Fargo freeze.
The affidavit continues:
“Despite my decision to terminate Schiller as a result of her improper conduct in relation to my accounts, Wells Fargo continues to deny me access to my financial assets and statements. As I am in the process of auditing my current vendor and service contracts to ensure that all personal and business relationships are in line with my current needs, it is essential that I have access to all of my financial property. It appears that Schiller was and is disgruntled by this decision for a potential change in direction, and it saddens me that Respondent and I have not been able to resolve this controversy amicably.”
Wells Fargo responded to the issue:
“Wells Fargo’s priority is the financial well-being of Ms. Williams and the preservation of her privacy. As we have expressed to the Court, Wells Fargo is open to working with Ms. Williams’ counsel to release funds directly to her creditors for bills historically and regularly paid from her accounts.”
Meanwhile, Williams’ publicist Shawn Zanotti, who issued the statement, also provided photos of Williams to Variety, which she said were taken while Williams was watching the Super Bowl Feb. 13, 2022.
One photo shows Williams on a sofa, apparently laughing at something on the TV. What appears to be a pet “play pen” is in the corner.
Additional photos shows her standing in what appears to be kitchen in what appears to be the same outfit.
The photos, if taken on the date claimed, would be the first to emerge in some time of the talk show host — and before that she was only occasionally capture on camera, including one shot in a wheelchair in public.
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