MAI TITI, real name Felistas Murata yesterday told H-Metro that she clashed with Leo Brown, the man behind her trip to Tanzania, over se_xual abuse she underwent during her stay there.
She pulled out of the film and expressed her dissatisfaction describing her stay at Dar-es-Salaam as similar to ‘Big Brother’ reality show.
“Leo Brown is a Criminal, an opportunist and chancer who wanted to use celebrities to hype his career,” said Mai Titi.
“I have messages between me and Brown to prove that I was the one who decided to pull out of the film mainly because of serious se_xual abuse he wanted me to go under some other celebrities who were under the influence of drugs (sic).
“I could not give in and on the 13th of April, I cried for help as one of them (name given) harassed me se_xually and the other ladies came to understand why I had tendered my decision to pull out on the 13th of April.
“For Leo to post on social media that I am unprofessional when he is the one who human trafficked female celebrities for se_xual abuse is unfair.
“He promised me to hold some shows which he never fulfilled only to demand US$10 000 from me to be able to record a collaboration with Awilo Longomba.
“At first he wanted US$30 000 for a collaboration with Sean Paul and I denied. He spent the better part of our stay demanding money for collaborations with Awilo.
“To say we were at a hotel is false, but we were staying at a villa where we lived like in a hostel — much like we were in Big Brother. I had to look for alternative food since we were given sadza and beans every day.
“I lost my hard earned money In Dar es Salaam under the hands of Leo Brown only to wake up to false allegations that he is the one who pulled me out of the film for unprofessionalism.
“I’m a woman who stands for women’s rights, with two children and my parents to look after not to be abused for fame in a foreign land,” said Mat Titi.
She phoned one of the Tanzanian celebrities only identified as Barbra in the presence of HMetro and the woman confirmed that Mai Titi pulled out of the film over se_xual harassment and abuse.
Mat Titi was responding to a social media post by BJB Films revealing that her departure and subsequent replacement in the film by another female artiste was due to her lack of professionalism on and off set. ‘We are sad to announce that we had to terminate Mai Titi’s role and replaced her with Angel Mary Kato due to lack of professionalism on set and whilst living and working with other celebrities as well as crew.
“We love Zimbabweans that’s (why) we picked someone from Zim, but unfortunately we could not continue with her.” read part of the BJB films statement.
However, Mai Titi hit back accusing BJB of unprofessionalism. “They were supposed to be honest by telling people that l am the one who pulled off over being holed at a hotel in Dar-es-Salaam for three months without money. I ended up footing my own bills as they failed to meet some of the costs. I could not continue losing more money for fame when I really knew that I made it long back in my mother country, Zimbabwe.
“I refused to be used considering that I am a mother of two children who depend on me. I could not stay and rely on promises he kept giving me when I know for sure that being in my mother country I could make more in three months as well as providing love and food for my children.
“They took lime enquiring from me about potential sponsors that they could engage in Zimbabwe and that opened my eyes about their motive. I regret my time I lost waiting for the shooting of a film and I’m not the only one who pulled out,” said Mai Titi.
“It affected my budget, my time and love with my children that is why I came and remained silent about it. It is unfortunate for them to clear their mess by posting falsehoods about my participation in the film,” said mai Titi.
She said she had decided to keep quiet about the se_xual abuse but was forced to respond by BJB Films’ press release that accused her of unprofessionalism.