POSTED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 5:17pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 5:26pm
There's some controversy right now surrounding a local non-profit organization.
It involves an event scheduled for this weekend, and why a big-time movie star will not be making an appearance in east Texas.
You may have seen the sign on billboards around town claiming Halle Berry is coming to town.
For month's, local non-profit "Sisters in Christ" has claimed Berry was making a trip for a charity event at The Cascades in Tyler.
But the problem is there are media reports from Halle's "people," denying she's making such an appearance.
Calls to Berry's publicist were not returned.
Another problem: Sisters in Christ founder and CEO Michelle Johnson has a record of writing hot checks.
The reports also claim Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham is recommending Johnson face jail time.
Calls to Bingham were also not returned.
But the one person who would talk: Johnson herself.
"My history with the law is like everybody else," Johnson said. "I have a background. Somebody somewhere ... we all have fallen short."
Johnson admits her record goes all the way back to late the 80s.
"It does go back that far. I was in my early 20s then. I want to clear up I didn't know how to balance a checkbook, and I'm 47 now ... I know how to balance a checkbook."
But when it comes to Halle Berry ... she believes she did no wrong, claiming she met Berry in Los Angeles in April.
"I asked her could she come out to Texas to help us out," Johnson said. "Her response was 'yes,' she had a lot on her plate ... that was basically all I needed."
Johnson never got confirmation of the appearance from Berry's publicity team.
"My confirmation came from God that he was calling her to come to Texas," Johnson said.
She went forward with planning the event, until she couldn't pay the money due to The Cascades and the event was canceled.
Johnson says "Sisters in Christ" never sold a single ticket for the event, hence why she couldn't pay the money due.
But she does say she has faith from God that the event may still go on if they can find another venue in the next couple of days.