Tell NOLA Jazzfest to Stand Up to Online Bullying!
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"Prominent Architect" Gerald Billes STILL sits on the board of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival despite being arrested and charged with revenge porn for disseminating nude photos of his former fiancee for purposes of humiliating and harassing her.
The District Attorney has ACCEPTED the charges against Billes as well as his wife Carmen (who has an extensive criminal record dating back to 2003.) These charges are based on extensive evidence subpoenaed from Facebook, Yahoo, and Cox, as well as by testimony from various sources and an enormous notebook of documentation compiled by his ex fiancee showing years of ongoing harassment. What kind of man behaves this way at 70 years old?
As if this is not enough, according to an April 28 2017 article in the Louisiana Record, Billes is ALSO being sued by First NBC for more than $275,000.00 -- for failure to make even a single payment on a promissory note issued to him by the bank. How many more signs does the Jazz and Heritage Festival need to see before noticing that this man is completely lacking in ethical and moral fiber and is not fit to sit on this board?
It is an outrage that this man continues to sit on the board of this beautiful festival. New Orleans Jazzfest needs to send a message that revenge porn, online harassment and bullying, and other criminal behaviors are NOT okay. Remove this man from the Jazzfest board!!!
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