It’s been about a month since hip-hop journalist Dee Barnes revealed she was on the verge of eviction. Now Wendy Williams is lending a helping hand.
The former host of the Fox music series “Pump It Up!” appeared on the “Wendy Williams Show” Thursday to open up about her GoFundMe campaign, which she launched in March to help her deal with a financial crisis.
“I wanted to put it out there because I knew it was going to get out there eventually. I had several jobs I couldn’t keep. I couldn’t keep the rent up. There was stuff that I was trying to do on the side, freelancing that wasn’t coming through,” Barnes explained.
The mother of two daughters set a goal of $5,000 but raised $30,000. Unfortunately, she revealed she and her younger daughter, who lives with her, were still evicted from their home.
That’s when Williams surprised Barnes with a $15,000 check in conjunction with HotelPlanner.com.
“They have this service where they help people find temporary and long-term housing,” Williams said. “So to help you and your daughter, Dee, get back on your feet, they and we are giving you $15,000 towards a place to live.”
Barnes also chatted about her relationship with Dr. Dre, who she sued in 1991 for brutally attacking her. The rapper plead no contest, and the lawsuit was settled out of court.
She recounted the incident, saying, “He picked me up and lifted me off the ground by my hair. He slammed me up against the wall several times ... I pull myself up, and run into the women’s restroom. He follows me into the women’s restroom ... and he continued to assault me.”
When Williams asked Barnes if Dre sexually assaulted her, Barnes trembled and said, “I’m not comfortable talking about everything right now.”
Barnes later revealed she’d be sharing details of life in a book, and Wendy offered her a book publishing deal as well as a movie deal.
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