Dear Leon, I have now fully read your letter as I have been it work very hard for the last 15 hours. It seems you have a lot of free time to write me long itemized descriptions of my transgressions.
In my interaction with Shauna, I merely screenshot it your comment that your pageant is not promoting prostitution. There is no way to alter what you wrote to me in a screenshot. Therefore the information was accurate as you wrote it to me. I felt that you do you throning anyone was out of line and overdramatic. It started creating questions in my mind about you as a director.
At the Pageant itself your behavior was erratic and Moody. I was afraid to have my daughter see you’re mean behavior and I hoped you would not have a Little Miss division in the future because your personality is not conducive to having small children around you. The lack of food at your pageant was frightening. Thank goodness I brought protein bars with me and was able to purchase my own meals after our midnight practices.
Instead of making the pageant fun and positive, there was always a concern and looming that you were judging everybody there and going to influence the judges based on your own personal thoughts of each one of us. Very unprofessional.
Putting three contestants in a room was already too much but not providing meals throughout the day such as three meals a day was challenging.
I had hoped to see the Leon that I thought you were before the pageant. Warm, kind, generous, thinking of others, charitable, supportive, proud of his company and organization. But instead I saw a different side of you that scared me.
Throughout this year your interactions and postings on Facebook have not been uplifting and positive, but rather disparaging of people and their behavior and listing all of your previous dethroning’s with the years for each one. It seems like bullying to me or threats to all of us to follow your rules.
I did not approve of you dethroning anybody from the beginning but is your pageant. It did scare away all of the other contestants that I had wanted to bring to your system.
I never posted the name of the company CIA on my Facebook page, therefore it is not slander. You should consult an attorney before you start saying people are slandering you. For you to prove slander in a court of law means you would have to prove that my comment on Facebook caused you loss of income. I did not mention you, your pageant, or CIA industries. Therefore slander was not committed. If you were educated you might know this.
I had asked you previously if you needed this contract, You told me at our very first meeting after me being crowned that whether we signed it or not we were bound by the contract and that we didn’t need to handed in because it still was binding by accepting the crown and the position.
I have followed through on my commitments to make appearances, I have never posted our personal interactions on Facebook. I did forward the contract that you sent to the delegates two other title holders, asking them if they received it. Not everyone had received it apparently.
You say you were offering me the services for free, but according to all of the contract you sent to me it said all United Nations delegates will pay $1500 for the service. In the email it’s stated that the photos would be free. Not that management would be free. Not only that but I am concerned about putting my name or image on a website that is clearly not a legitimate company.
My friend is a reporter and an investigative reporter and has already did the research to find out that that location and address is not a talent agent and that this is not a valid talent agency or management firm. I do not want to have my image used to attract business from other delegates in the US or around the world for this talent agency.
I did this pageant to make a difference Leon, to have fun, to create an international family, and to have a positive legacy to leave for the next title holder.
I am willing to continue forward with you and continue promoting your system as well as the positive good that I believe pageantry can truly be about. I hope you can put the drama and insecurities and power play behind you, because I can.
This pageant should be about service Leon and you should be promoting that – the rest is unnecessary. If you keep your post positive and you keep inspiring others and supporting your title holders, good things will come to you. I came to the system because I loved what Sherrie was doing and I love how you treated her.
It isn’t good for your system to continue having strife with your title holders. Best to keep everything positive and lift them up- more delegates will follow and you will get referrals in the future.
March 15, 2017
Subject: Wendi Russo, Mrs. United Nations 2016
Dear Leon Williams and JM Forzan,
This communication regarding the Mrs. United Nations title is being sent to L.N. Williams President/ Founder W.G.I Jamaica Limited and JM Forzan Chairman of the board CIA Multinational Corporation from Mrs. Wendi Russo, Mrs. United Nations 2017 regarding communications received by the undersigned regarding the status of the Mrs. United Nations 2016/2017 title. The format of this communication will cover Mr. Williams three strikes from a previous communication. I the undersigned will be carrying out the International duties of Mrs. United Nations 2017 until a new pageant is held and Mrs. United Nations 2017/2018 is selected at that pageant by a panel of qualified judges.
The First Breach, Drama (1st strike): Started back from Jamaica Christian Boy’s Home over simple issue of paint brushes. In your statement “you make donation of $100 USD you claiming how much money your paid no brush or paint supplies was purchased based on Ms Gearheart report to me. I personally spoke about this issue and I never mention it to the judges about your outburst which put the whole pageants group in division.”
1st Strike Many delegates contributed money for the painting supplies for the Jamaica Christian Boy’s Home – the paint was donated separately but the delegates donated over $650 dollars, yet when we got there we found a total of 9 paint brushes, 3 rollers, and 3 mixing pans. I did ask Ms Gearheart about the status of the total amount of funds we contributed and if that was all of the supplies that were purchased. Ms Gearheart didn’t know how much had been donated. I wanted to make sure that the money went to the cause it was solicited for and not diverted to the pockets of people trying to keep the money. You solicited the contributions and then became upset with accounting for where the funds went. As you stated (1st strike) was when I asked and later during a private conversation when you still couldn’t/wouldn’t account for the contributions. Later on I was able to do some fundraising for the Jamaica Christian Boy’s Home, which resulted in brand-new church clothes for each boy, new basketballs and soccer balls, and lots of candy and cookies for treats! I even set them repair kits for their bicycles. I wanted to send it directly to them so I knew the boys would receive the items.
Second Breach Drama (2nd strikes): “Started regarding removal of Mr Teen United Nations in which Miss Teen United Nations chose to step down. We had a conversation regarding both persons and you personally went on to create public mischief by stating that I called the young lady a prostitute which was very unfortunate. I was informed by several people about your shared and spreading such slanderous and malicious lies, conversation which you screen shot/ edited to make me look bad, Ms Ballog has since apologized after discovering that you all played her.”
2nd Strike. The screenshot was not edited. It was unfortunate that you classified your Teen UN titleholder (a teenage girl ) as a prostitute which you would not provide dating services for. This was prior to her removal. As a woman, as a mother, as a sister titleholder this was something so egregious, I did provide a raw and unedited image (also attached to this communication) . As for making you look bad, you have been doing an excellent job of it all by yourself. Any attempts to make you look bad by others would seem redundant and fall short of the hi bar you have set for your personal and professional self destruction. It is sad that your business and the innocents connected to it should suffer for your words and deeds.
Third Breach Drama (3rd Strikes): You said: “We negotiated a management contract for you with CIA free of cost, we sent your draft in a CC email with CEO Forzan, who also replied to you that all fees has been waved for you before you post the slanderous statement in which CIA agency will be pursuing legal actions against. Instead of contacting me or Mr Forzan for full details, you went on Facebook discussing the content of contract without seeking clarification and also contacting other contestants about it. I really thinking about your reputation and professionalism. I received several email from Voy Forum about your behavior and professional conduct as titleholder.”
3rd Strike The generic statement on FB that you referred to where I do not name any company at all, is a warning to any young person wanting to get into the entertainment business. I have been a staple in the entertainment industry for over 25 years and every year because of my position and notoriety in the entertainment industry I am deluged with requests for advice from woman of all ages about offers from agents, photographers, modeling and talent agencies etc. The generic statement that you referred to is to educate others that no fees should ever be paid for representation of any kind according to US Law. My training and experience in the entertainment industry is as follows:
“While in New York, Wendi still had the acting bug and applied for enrollment at Lee Strasberg Theater in New York City.Wendi honed her craft with Meisner training from the William Esper Studios in NYC, Actors Movement and voice & speech with Shane Ann Younts. After 5 years of training, including Soap Opera & Commercial Acting classes, Wendi booked commercials, independent film work, Industrials and Infomercials as well as many print modeling jobs for Delta Dental, Power Ball- Millionairess, Radisson Hotels, IBM, Mercedes, Shape Magazine & Burlington Coat Factory.
Following Casting Director recommendations, Wendi moved to LA where she booked co-star, guest star & leading role work on TV, including “Pacific Blue”, “America’s Most Wanted” “Malibu, CA”, “Working”, and a Leading role in the experimental film “Decay of Fiction” which received excellent reviews by the NY Times & the Berlin Film Festival, MTV’s “Spring Break Lawyer”, “Smoke and Mirrors” and “Cloud 2000.” With an interest in hosting, Wendi received her certification at UCLA’s prestigious Broadcast Journalism program and shortly thereafter began hosting, and created a pilot presentation of “Inside LA”, where she reported on the hottest fashion stores, restaurants and clubs giving the “Inside Scoop” on where to shop in LA. She also began writing “A Shopaholics Guide to LA”, giving tips for specialty items and where to find hidden out-of-the-way boutiques that usually only a select few would know about. It was at that time that she received a call from her agent that Shop NBC was interested in having her audition to be a host on their Home Shopping channel . Wendi was flown to Minnesota for her audition and began her career June of 2004.
Since then Wendi Russo has been an engaging hostess on Shop NBC Home Shopping Channel for 13 years and specializes in presenting fashion, beauty products, jewelry and gemstones and can be seen in 70 million homes nationwide via Comcast, Dish Network, Direct TV and www.shopnbc.com as live streaming video. Her twitter account alone has over 25,000 subscribers.”
You never had a right to negotiate an entertainment management contract for me whatsoever. I have an agent and I also have a recent contract negotiated with my current company EVINE (formerly Shop NBC). Signing a 10 year agreement with an agency would grant them a percentage of my annual income to which they had no part in negotiating and further should their contract violate my current contract, I would lose all I have worked for over the years. I have also been instrumental in starting the careers of new hosts and models by training and mentoring them at no charge and then helped them get agents and employment in the industry through my contacts. As you can see legally there is no way I could have signed the contract in question with or without fees.
Addressing other points in the LN Williams communication.
1) “Further follow up to our conversation on Facebook on dated February 15,2017, we discussed that CIA Management will be offering you a contract, in order for us to take the next step of managing your affairs. Base on your slanderous and defaming post on Facebook regarding signing of this contract. We Board of United Nations Pageants regretfully relinquish your title in the form of dethronement and appoint the 1st runner up carry on your duties and your termination will effect from February 24, 2017 with immediate effect.”
This was covered in strike 3, however in this paragraph Mr. LN Williams relinquishes the rights to the title Mrs. United Nations 2017 and then mentions a dethronement and appointment of someone else to carry my duties to a title that he has relinquished on behalf of his organization. The next item in the sentence states that the addressee is terminated with effect from something which is not stated and then adds ‘with immediate effect’. This is not only confusing but quite frankly flies in the face of juris prudence with regard to due process.
2) As stated at our meeting the reason(s) for terminating your employment with us are as follows: Mrs United Nations 2016 and United Nations Pageants and it affiliated brand company has no legal obligation with you. We have no contract signed base on this action you have no right to hold this title.
The day after the crowning I had asked about the contract while at breakfast with all of the newly crowned title holders and Mr. LN Williams stated that since we had accepted the crowns and titles, signing the written contract was not necessary as accepting the crowns, sashes, and titles in itself was also accepting the terms on the W.G.I Jamaica Limited contract for the pageant winners. He did not have contracts with him and emailed them out much later. If Mr. LN Williams is referring to JM Forzan’s CIA Multinational Corporation Contract which did not exist at the time of my winning the pageant – then may I add that refusing to sign that talent management contract is my prerogative. I interpret this as Mr LN Williams not wanting to pay transportation expenses for me to travel to the pageant to give up my title and crown my successor. I am sure the other title holders will be bullied in the same manner so that WGI Limited will not have to pay out any money as they have not paid out previous title holders airline fees to return to the pageant.
3) Regarding: Unprofessional conducts and other communication break down between Mrs United Nations 2017: and management.
No unprofessional conduct on my part has specifically been referenced by Mr. LN Williams however the unprofessional conduct of Mr. LN Williams as an agent of W.G.I Jamaica Limited is only partially listed here. As for communication breakdowns between myself and Mr. LN Williams , I would not condone capricious, arbitrary, and illegitimate/illegal actions by anyone. As for communication breakdowns by Mr. LN Williams, his whole missive was a communication breakdown with himself. Just look at the next 2 points:
4) Then you say “From October 15, 2016, I wanted to serve you a verbal warning, given your conduct which has affected your ability to move the pageant forward. I believing in second chances, but yet again you strike.”
Does this make sense? Somebody wanted to serve a verbal warning for something or somethings not mentioned (wanting to do something and doing something are two different things). Again this flies in the face of juris prudence with regard to due process.
5) You say: “We are warning you to desist from this type of behavior for your self destruct reason, you refuse to follow and obey instructions base on this action. We will be forced to terminate your service from W.G.I Jamaica Limited or any other affiliated companies with immediate effect.”
Again the behavior to desist is not listed. There is no cease portion of any type. The self destruct person was the instigator of the communication. What instructions are to be followed and obeyed? Where does any contract state that Mr. LN Williams has the legal right or authorization to order anyone to do something illegal? To become a part of a conspiracy to harm someone’s good name and reputation, or commit an act of self destruction.? Mr. LN Williams himself admits there is no contract with either W.G.I Jamaica Limited or CIA Multinational corporation with my signature on it. The former his choice the latter by my choice. Now it gets confusing again since Mr. LN Williams states that “W.G.I Jamaica Limited will be forced to terminate your service from W.G.I Jamaica Limited or any other affiliated companies with immediate effect.” This means that the previous part about dethronement is null and void but they will be forced to terminate your service from W.G.I Jamaica Limited or any other affiliated companies with immediate effect. You probably should have hired a lawyer to actually submit a legal document that actually makes sense in proper English.
6) You say :”We will no longer required your service to our organization. Base on your behavior we are also looking into the matter of removing all branding from website and social media as Mrs United Nations 2016 because you fail to carry out simple instructions. I, Mr Williams has lost all confident and credibility in your reign and find it untenable for you to continued.”
It may be the best idea to remove all of my branding at this point and of my daughters from your fb pages since all branding and photos gives assumption that I am your current queen and that we are in good standing with you. It also leads people to contact me about your pageant.
7) You say:” We also have pending breach for the past month where you should sign and submit your winner contract which you refuse to sign and returned. “
The day after the crowning I asked about a contract to sign and as stated before you said it was not necessary, since accepting the crown meant accepting the terms of the contract (which I did not have an opportunity to read). The only other contract is the CIA Multinational Corporation Contract which was not a part of the pageant process.
8) You say “I am sure you are upset with someone but it should not be us, we did all in our powers to communicate with you, please give us chance to help you, it is my last resort to dethrone you but we must take business serious. Please let us work it out no need for us to fight. Let us work together to achieve your dreams and vision. This private letter of dethronement, if your wish for the world to know you know what to do. I am taking this opportunity to thank you past year working with us. it was indeed truly great experiences. I have such high regards for your coaching program.”
When you stated “This private letter of dethronement, if your wish for the world to know you know what to do.”. I take it this is a threat of libel or slander. If so, it would become a long, prorated, and all encompassing legal and very public war. Secondly this was a closing paragraph but you addressed it to “Dear Mrs Wendi Russo Mrs United Nations 2017,” therefore you admit that I am the currrent and reigning Mrs. United Nations 2017.
The following are some observations and comments based on my dealings with Mr. LN Williams and W.G.I Jamaica Limited.
During the pageant your emcee Sherrie Gearhart at your bid, announced the following as prizes won (by me). $5000 in cash, travel allowance along with airline mileage to be an Ambassador to Ecuador, 3 International trips including Liberia, Nigeria, and all expenses paid trip to the Singapore United Nations Pageants in June. None of those prize were forthcoming. I spoke to the Singapore director and she reported that you lied to her when you said I could not attend her pageant and offered to send another in my place from Asia (TANVI)_which would cost less for transportation because you told Tanvi transportation was not included.
To terminate a titleholder, the person would have to violate a written contract which specifies their duties, obligations, expectations, of course your duties, obligations, and expectations. No Contract, equals no grounds for termination.
I will remain Mrs. United Nations 2016/2017 until the delegates and judges award the 2017/2018 title in July. I am willing to put all of this behind us.
Mrs United Nations 2016/2017