Toni Braxton Impersonator Still In Jail

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Toni Braxton Impersonator Still In Jail

Postby News Desk » Wed Apr 15, 2009 6:51 am


The woman who was arrested in Suriname for impersonating Toni Braxton is still behind bars, says a rep for the woman's husband.

Trina Johnson-Finn was charged with fraud, swindling and receiving by authorities in Suriname after performing a concert in which she impersonated Toni Braxton.

Johnson-Finn's camp says U.S. booking agency RNRH Entertainment specifically hired her to impersonate the famous singer, with an understanding that the audience knew she was a look-a-like. “I am completely innocent. I was hired to do a tribute imitation act for a birthday celebration,” Johnson-Finn said in a statement.

But promoter Angel Ventura, who according to Johnson-Finn's camp has taken off with the concert proceeds and is nowhere to be found, advertised the event as a concert featuring the real Toni Braxton.

Johnson-Finn – who took the stage believing folks knew she was a professional celebrity look-a-like – was booed and attacked with flying objects during the concert and had to be escorted out of the venue.

“My wife is a victim, she had no intention of deceiving anyone, she had no involvement in promoting or advertising the event, and she received none of the proceeds of the event,” said her husband, Raymond Finn, who was jailed along with his wife, but released after two weeks.

The couple's rep Lynn Jeter writes, "Since a criminal charge was filed, the U.S. Embassy in Suriname cannot intervene, As yet, the Suriname Officials neglect to inform the media of evidence that supports Johnson’s innocence or to divulge any evidence that justifies her continued detainment.

"Finn is fighting to secure his wife’s release. Although she is innocent, Johnson could be held for three years. Johnson’s family and friends have appealed for help from Senator Harry Reid and Congresswoman Shelley Berkeley as well as other top U.S. officials."

Source: Eurweb News Desk
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