Miko Branch, owner of Miss Jessie’s, is speaking out about the suicide of her sister and former co-owner, Titi Branch.
Late last year, Titi was found dead in her apartment from an apparent suicide. But according to Miko, Titi’s boyfriend Anthony Spadafora, who is currently involved in a lawsuit with Miko, pushed her to suicide.
In an interview with The New York Post, Miko alleges that Spadafora’s “undue influence” led Titi to give him money to launch his beard hair care line, as well as purchase a $400,000 house and a loan of $135,000. Before her death, Miko also made Spadafora the beneficiary on her life insurance.
The couple met in 2012 on Match.com and when Titi tried to end the relationship after finding out he made advances towards her trainer, Miko alleges he threatened to leak compromising photos of her.
According to the court papers, after Titi’s death, Spadafora emailed the family saying that he was owed 50% of everything because of the will.
Spadafora’s countered Miko’s accusations saying that the two sisters had a falling out, which is why she was no longer the beneficiary. He also stated they were trying to start a family.
“My love failed. I thought it was good enough if there wasn’t a baby,” he said.
“My sister’s death has been a devastating blow,” Miko told The Post. “It was only after Titi’s death that we learned more about what she’d been going through and how her affairs were being managed.”