LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – Apollo Nida’s prison term started today. But apparently his split from Phaedra Parks over “donkey” rights started far before today, LALATE can exclusively purport. Apollo Nida’s prison term was announced at sentencing following Nida’s admissions. Nida told a court that he ran a fraud operation of fake car dealerships, IRS checks, and post office boxes to sustain a lifestyle of an RHOA cast member. Nida’s dream was that his workout tape with Phaedra Parks was a ticket to a more prosperous life for himself. But LALATE can report that Parks made clear that she is not sharing “donkey” trademark rights with Nida, then nor now.
Apollo Nida’s prison term may have began today. But far before Nida’s sentencing, Parks told the U.S Trademark Office that she is the sole own to “Donkey B-ty”, a term associated with a workout tape she share hosting duties with Nida. LALATE can exclusively report that Parks sought and got trademark ownership to “Donkey B–ty” solely in her own personal name last year. She did not share rights with Apollo. Far before Nida’s lockout today, Phaedra locked up for her own self “Physical fitness instruction; Providing a website featuring information on exercise and fitness”. She did not share any of the rights with Apollo. Phaedra also got and kept in her own name the donkey rights for “media, namely, pre-recorded video cassettes, digital video discs” at the same time that she and Apollo were released their DVD tape.
Phaedra could have put Apollo as her co-owner for her donkey rights. In fact, Phaedra did that for “Phine Body”, another registration she filed that same year. For that one, she listed herself and Apollo as co-owners. Of course, trademark rights are different than rights to a workout tape.
It remains unclear if Phaedra Parks and Apollo will abandon their marriage and seek a divorce. But as Nida’s troubles grew, Phaedra abandoned her rights to “Phine by Phaedra.” Parks was trying to deliver to U.S. women “Shapewear, namely, hosiery, tights, socks, body shapers, bodysuits” with the name Phine by Phaedra on it. Nevertheless, Phaedra abandoned her dreams of having people twirling in “Phine by Phaedra” shapewear, bodysuits, and tights .