Miko Branch alleges her sister, Titi Branch’s boyfriend, Anthony Spadafora drove her to commit suicide by hanging. The co-founder of mult-million hair care products company Miss Jessie’s is locked in a bitter court battle with Spadafora. Both are blaming each other for her death.
Police said Titi Branch had fallen into deep depression, culminating in suicide by hanging on Dec. 4, 2014, in her midtown Manhattan apartment.
Miko Branch alleges in a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court that Spadafora isolated her sister from the rest of the family. He allegedly manipulated and used her for her money. She also notes that Titi removed her as the beneficiary of her $2 million life insurance policies and replacing her with Spadafora. She alleges the move clearly shows his “undue influence.”
Branch told The New York Post, “My sister’s death has been a devastating blow. It was only after Titi’s death that we learned more abbout what she’d been going through and how her affairs were being managed.”
The lawsuit alleges that in a two-year span, Spadafora received thousands of dollars from Titi to start his own beard-care business, Maestro’s Classics; $420,000 to purchase and renovate a Pennsylvania house and a $135,000 interest-free loan.
Branch also says that in the days after her sister’s death, her parents were inundated with emails from Anthony Spadafora claiming she had drafted a new will, in which he was given 50 percent of everything. He also allegedly held a laptop ransom in exchange for Titi’s Cartier bracelet.
Spadafora dismisses the claims as “ridiculous.” He said Miko and Titi had a falling-out in September 2013, which left Titi stressed. He told the NY Post that he and Titi had “a real love.”