The USA reality show Chrisley Knows Best has titillated viewers with the flamboyant lifestyle of millionaire Todd Chrisley, his wife and five children. But as RadarOnline.com has revealed in a series of exclusives, the family also has a closetful of skeletons off camera, including gay rumors, father/son battles, bankruptcy, birth secrets, rehab, arrests, and more. Check out our fascinating guide to Chrisley crises.
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Death Threat: RadarOnline.com recently unearthed a shocking police report that said was once his dad . The document stated that on July 28, 2013, Kyle’s girlfriend Alexus Whilby (now his wife) called cops to their Smyrna, Georgia, home and Kyle told the responding officer “he had smoked ‘crack’ the night before.” Todd soon arrived, the report claimed, because he had ordered Kyle to wear an ankle monitor which his son had torn off. When he saw his dad, the officer stated, Kyle said, “I’ll kill you motherf*cker!” Cops transported Kyle to a hospital, where he was detained “without incident” for “severe bipolar disorder complicated by marijuana use.” There was no further legal action.
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Stolen Child?: Todd’s troubled son Kyle alleged that that his dad had “stolen” his daughter Chloe, born to Kyle’s former girlfriend, Angela Johnson. But in an exclusive interview, Johnson told Radar that Todd and his wife Julie had helped her with Chloe when Kyle “would not do it. If it wasn’t for Todd, me and Kyle and Chloe would have been on the side of the interstate! Kyle is the kind of person who will say anything, and people believe it.”
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Closet Case?: According to court documents obtained by Radar, Todd was sued for sexual harassment by three former employees of his company, Chrisley Asset Management, in January 2010— and . The group claimed in the suit that Todd regularly “commented on the size of his penis, invited male employees to ‘jerk off’ with him in the restroom, inappropriately touched employees, and routinely made sexual gestures toward his subordinates.”
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Another Suit: Todd was first sued for sexual harassment in 2009, by a group of female employees, as Radar has reported. Among the highlights? , “When a new employee at Chrisley Asset Management was being introduced to other employees, Mr. Chrisley stated that she ‘prostitutes on the weekends.’ Mr. Chrisley also asked the new employee…‘Are your tits real?’ Unfortunately the new employee is a breast cancer survivor and had undergone a double mastectomy.” The case was later dismissed.
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Yep, He’s Gay?: Todd’s campy behavior has raised eyebrows, and Kyle told Life & Style that he thinks . “All the people he calls his best friends in the world…they’re gay,” he said about the businessman father. “I used to work with him at Chrisley Asset Management. If one of the asset managers was going to take a piss, he would say, ‘You want me to come hold it for you?’” In response, Todd’s rep said Kyle needed a psychiatrist and medical care.
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Bankruptcy: Todd and wife have been embroiled in a , as we’ve extensively reported. Legal documents revealed that the court trustee accused the couple of engaging in “fraudulent” behavior to hide their assets from creditors, including massively undervaluing their couture wardrobes.
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Missing Crown?: Julie bragged about being crowned “Miss Carolina” as a teen, but according to Miss South Carolina and Miss North Carolina records viewed by Radar, she never won either pageant. In fact, there does not appear to be any pageant by that name. “It’s total BS,” a source told Radar about Todd’s wife’s claim.
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Living Large: Radar has revealed that Chrisley Knows Best star Todd hasn’t let his reported debts get to him. He bought a nearly $2 million European mansion about 30 minutes outside Atlanta. Earlier, amid , the entrepreneur had sold his Atlanta mega-mansion for $2.4 million.
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More Kyle Woe: Cops in South Carolina revealed there was a warrant out for Kyle’s arrest, posting on Facebook back in May 2014 that they were “requesting the public assistance” in tracking Kyle down after an alleged incident on February 24, 2013 in which he “struck his common law spouse, Angela Victoria Johnson, and threatened Johnson’s sister with a knife.” According to the police, “the altercation began when Johnson of staying out all night and not returning home until late in the morning.”
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Explosive Court Docs: Radar readers know that Todd has been the subject of some serious claims. In the 2009 lawsuit filed against him (which was later settled), his employee Monica Tucker charged that on her first day of work, Chrisley “demanded to know the size of her boyfriend’s penis.” And later on her first day, the documents claimed, “…Mr. Chrisley began to discuss in graphic detail his sex life, including oral sex with his wife, and asked Ms. Tucker, who is Indian, about the size of Indian women’s vaginas. … Shortly after her first day, Mr. Chrisley asked Ms. Tucker in the presence of his son, if she would take his son’s virginity. She told him no and left to go home.”
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Father Doesn’t Know Best?: In an ongoing father/son feud, Kyle called Todd a “snake” in the Daily Mail. “My dad is all about control. He’s vindictive and manipulative. He’s a snake and if there’s a snake in the grass you don’t know but hell it’ll bite you when you go by.” But Todd told E! News, “Kyle is bipolar,” and also, at the time, MIA! “I will get him the help that he needs once we locate him,” he said.
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More Financial Scandal: As Radar has reported, Todd has been involved in an ugly bankruptcy case, and it also involved his mother-in-law. We learned that Todd’s wife Julie’s mother, Pam Hughes, was Vice President of Operations at a bank that got investigated by the FDIC for giving the Chrisleys a !
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Bankruptcy Fallout: Chrisley Knows Best viewers were touched watching Todd’s mother, Grandma Faye, try to date again after her husband’s death. But Radar learned she might need to find a new house first, as we exclusively reported that the Alpharetta, Ga., home where she lived entered foreclosure as part of her son’s bitter .
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Paternity Wrangle: Back in April 2014, Radar exclusively revealed the identity of Angela Johnson, , Chloe, born out of wedlock. According to court documents obtained by Radar, Kyle, his father, Todd, and mother, Julie, all filed a legitimation suit against Johnson on October 7, 2013, just over nine months after the child’s birth. In Georgia, a legitimation suit is a way for a father to establish his parentage of a child born out of wedlock, which is a first step towards assigning child support duties and visitation rights for the dad.
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They Tried To Make Him Pay For Rehab: Todd’s son Kyle has figured in a slew of scandals uncovered by Radar, and we learned that in 2011, Todd had secretly checked Kyle, then 19, into rehab. But court papers also revealed that Todd later refused to pay the entire bill for Kyle’s rehab at the Creative Care treatment center in Malibu. they said he owed them for Kyle’s second month of treatment, plus court costs, attorney’s fees, post-judgment interest and any relief the court deemed “just and proper” in a complaint filed on April 5, 2011. Todd filed for bankruptcy soon after -- and the case’s outcome is unclear.
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Birth Secrets: Todd and Julie Chrisley tout their family values, but it’s complicated. The couple did not marry until May 25, 1996, when she was nine months pregnant with their son Chase. As Radar has reported, Chase was born exactly one week later. Kyle’s mother is Teresa Terry, Todd’s first spouse.
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Missing Cast Member: After Kyle didn’t appear on season two of Chrisley Knows Best, he charged that father Todd had booted him off the show. But Todd denied it, saying, “I didn’t kick Kyle off the show. He refused to take his medication. He was hostile to the crew. He was hostile to other people on the show and you can’t have that.”
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Julie’s Shocking Past: As Radar has exclusively reported, Todd’s wife Julie has some uncomfortable family secrets of her own. Although she portrays herself as a pageant queen and preacher’s daughter, Radar learned Julie grew up in a double-wide trailer and suffered through the tragic suicide of her younger brother. “He shot himself behind the double wide,” an insider told Radar.
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Custody Battle: Kyle, who is married to Alexus Whilby and claimed to be sober in Dec. 2014, has said he’s going to court to get custody of his daughter Chloe back from father Todd. “At this point he’s ruined me and he’s ruined the other kids he’s had who are spoiled. But I’m not taking a chance on him ruining my daughter,” he said of the child from his previous relationship with Angela Johnson. Kyle also made an explosive racial charge, saying Todd showed no interest in Chloe “until it was pointed out that having a mixed race child…would be good for his demographic.” Todd has staunchly denied it.
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Reality Show Fakery?: Kyle, who only appeared on season one of Chrisley Knows Best, didn’t hesitate to diss the show that has made his family famous. “I never even liked being on the show. I was uncomfortable,” he said. “You can tell just looking at me the first season….Everything about it is fake.”