A 24-year-old New York woman’s alleged love affair with an older Miami nightlife mogul was reportedly erased from her memory—completely—after a boating accident they were involved in, the man involved is claiming.
Brooke Biederman was reportedly secretly dating Michael Capponi, 44, for two years when they had the accident, according to Michael. They had been cruising in a motorboat on the night of March 20, 2015, when Michael crashed into a Coast Guard retaining wall. While he fractured his shoulder and skull, broke his nose, broke seven ribs, and punctured both lungs, he was released after a week in the hospital.
But that was nothing compared to Brooke’s injuries. According to insurance claims her family filed, she fell into a month-long coma which wound up erasing most of her short term memory, claimed her mother, according to the Miami Herald. Everything from her graduation from Princeton to the night of the boating accident was erased. According to Brooke’s timeline, she had only just graduated college. There was no memory of Michael, who is left heartbroken.
"According to public records, she also lost much of her short-term memory. Her mother said in a deposition in a post-crash insurance lawsuit she can’t remember anything between her college graduation and waking up in the hospital — this, despite months at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston to learn how to walk and talk again. And although she has almost fully recovered by now, Capponi insists Brooke is still missing her memories of life with him and their coterie of friends in Miami. Capponi maintains she forgot about first meeting him outside the Fontainebleau Miami Beach resort on May 24, 2014. She was a tourist, and a mutual friend suggested she meet him to ask him about the cool things to do in the area. She may also have forgotten about their charity trips to Haiti on behalf of Capponi’s Global Empowerment Mission in December 2014. They also lived together in Key Biscayne. But because she worried about her parents’ reaction, Brooke kept her relationship with Capponi a secret," reports the Herald.
He has been trying to jog her memory of their romance through a public Facebook page, where he tells stories of their relationship, like when they first fell in love in Islamorada, which he now visits on the 25th day of each month.
“To love someone is to know the song in their heart and sing it to them when they have forgotten it,” he wrote on Facebook. “People belong in your life or out of your life by natural vibration not by forced will or expectation by a controlling group. Some souls just fully understand each other upon their first connection, they didn’t even have to say much.”
He also shares photos from their two-year affair on the page. A video of the crash is available on New York Daily News.
According to Michael, Brooke had hidden their relationship from her parents because of their age difference and Michael’s alleged addict past. He believes her family is keeping him from visiting her so her memory won’t be sparked.
“I will not rest until we can talk face-to-face and you know the truth. Everything you have been told is a lie. You were always terrified of them and what they were capable of,” he wrote of her parents.
“You will see all the beautiful letters I wrote your family and how many times I begged for them to meet me just once…I've tried so hard to get your family to tell you the truth. I tried so hard to get you my letters and pictures so you can you know the facts about everything. I'm sorry that they have made it so the only way you can see thisis on my Facebook page. I did not want this.
“Now I hope that they come to their senses and try and fix things and come clean with you. I've never wanted anything but to love them and cherish them. Perhaps one day they will respect the fact that I love you this much and I never gave up on you. Forgiveness can be achieved in moments if they would just allow you to be yourself and make your own decisions in life.”
Michael says he won’t give up trying to make her remember, even though the insurance deposition claims she doesn't, reports Page Six.
A rep for the family says she does not suffer from memory loss and provided a statement from Brooke on the matter.
“This terrible accident is in the past, and with the tremendous support of my medical team, family, friends and professional colleagues, I have moved on with my life,” the statement said.
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