A former cast member on a long-running reality television show was sentenced to prison Thursday “for stealing the debit card information of a man found dead from a drug overdose in his Manhattan apartment the morning after hiring her as a prostitute in 2017,” the AP reports.
Shannade Clermont, who had the nickname “the Power Princess” when she appeared during season 14 of the Oxygen series “Bad Girls Club,” appeared in federal court in Manhattan with her twin sister Shannon (“the Uptown Princess”), who also appeared on the reality show.
The AP reports that Shannade Clermont “received the sentence after tearfully expressing remorse and asking for mercy.”
She is quoted telling U.S. District Judge Naomi Buchwald: “I take responsibility for my shameful actions. Words can’t explain the sorrow I have in my heart.”
In part through their appearances on the TV show, the twins, 25, amassed a large social media following. “The twins have also appeared in music videos and have modeled for Kanye West’s Yeezy brand, appearing in the Yeezy Season 6 campaign,” the AP notes.
The report adds: “The defendant wasn’t charged in the death of a victim identified by police as James Alesi, and Buchwald said she didn’t care that she engaged in prostitution. But the judge criticized her for not seeking help when the victim passed out while she was with him — the result of what his family says was an accidental fatal overdose from cocaine laced with fentanyl.”
The judge is quoted telling Clermont: “When faced with a real test of character, you chose to steal his debit card information.”