In a case of reality TV gone wrong, a shocking revelation hit the world last week when the star of a family-centered Oprah Winfrey Network show Welcome to Sweetie Pies was arrested on charges stemming from the 2016 killing of his nephew, 18-year-old Andre Montgomery. It was a shocking fall from grace and now the fallout continues.
James Timothy Norman was one of the stars of the hit show. The show was one of the OWN Network’s earliest hits and was in production for 9 seasons. It went off the air in 2018. In addition to Norman, the show’s star was owner and chef of the Sweetie Pies franchise Robbie Montgomery.
Affectionately known as “Miss Robbie,” the former Ikette turned her music into entrepreneurship and created the successful restaurant chain. Norman ran the chain and produced the show with his mother. Throughout the run of the show, Robbie also focused on her raising her nephew Andre Montgomery and keeping him out of trouble – with the help of his uncle Norman. Montgomery was featured on the show throughout its run as well, due to Miss Robbie’s strong belief in family and supporting those who need help.
The whole story apparently started back in 2014, when Norman apparently secured a $450K life insurance policy on his teenage nephew in which he was the sole beneficiary.
In addition to the charges against Norman, the insurance agent that issued the policies has also been arrested. Waiel Rebhi Yaghnam of St. Louis, Missouri, who’s also a producer with cuts on Nelly’s Nellyville, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. He worked with Norman to create the false policy.
Norman’s money situation seems to have started to deteriorate, as restaurants that he had opened up around the country all started to fold, close or have issues. At one point, Norman was even sued by his own mother Miss Robbie for copyright infringement. Miss Robbie alleged that her son was opening up restaurants on his own and using the Sweetie Pie’s name without permission. Eventually, the suit was dropped but it seemed to indicate that there was definitely tension between the two – outside of what was aired on television.
Norman, in addition to be a reality TV star himself, also previously dated one – Jennifer Williams of Basketball Wives fame. Williams released a statement on Instagram addressing the whole unfortunate situation before we’d even had the chance to hear from Miss Robbie herself.
“Karma will get you one way or another … The truth always reveals itself,” Jennifer wrote, adding, “Condolences to the family, I can’t imagine how this dose of truth is hitting.”
It seems as if indeed, the truth is hitting hard. While Norman hasn’t released any statements and the restaurants are still open, Miss Robbie finally was heard from about all that has been happening around her and her family.
According to sources, Miss Robbie, when asked to make a statement in regard to Tim’s alleged involvement in killing of Andre Montgomery, replied via text to Real STL News. “Thanks For The Prayers, But At This Time I’m Weak And Can’t Make A Statement. Please Keep Praying For Me And My Son,” she reportedly text.
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#ItsOnSite Contributor @Manertt💕 “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” star Miss Robbie is “weak” in the wake of her son Tim Norman’s murder-for-hire arrest, in connection to the death of his nephew. ————————————————- Miss Robbie, asked to make a statement in regards to Tim’s alleged involvement in killing of Andre Montgomery, replied via text to Real STL News, revealing her weakened state and requesting prayers for her and Tim. ————————————————- “Thanks For The Prayers, But At This Time I’m Weak And Can’t Make A Statement. Please Keep Praying For Me And My Son,” she reportedly texted. ————————————————- Tim, 41, was recently arrested for allegedly hiring someone to kill Montgomery in a plot to claim over $200,000 of life insurance money.