Cynthia Bailey’s ex-husband, Peter Thomas, is speaking out about the six days he spent in Miami-Dade County Jail after being arrested on a fugitive warrant from Louisiana, where he was accused of writing fraudulent checks.
Peter opened up about the events leading up to his arrest, as well as his time in custody in an Instagram video posted on March 7 titled, “Clearing the Rumors.” In the video, Peter confirmed that he was taken into custody at Miami International Airport after he got off a plane from Jamaica on March 1 and was released on March 6, spending a total of six days in prison. “I got arrested on a fugitive warrant that I didn’t know about,” Peter said. “I thought that incident was squashed.”
Peter then went on to recount the incident, saying that it stemmed from a check he wrote for $4,000 to a booker for an artist to perform at his club. However, his “checking account was compromised” and “the bank shut it down,” according to Peter.
Following Peter’s release on March 6, his attorney Keith Doley provided the following statement to E! News: "It was an unfortunate misunderstanding. There was no intent on Mr. Thomas' part to not pay. There was a misunderstanding about a performance that didn't happen. It's all been resolved."
E! News also reported that Peter’s attorney delivered a $4,000 check on his behalf and said the DA’s office will no longer be pursuing charges.
In his Instagram video, Peter also detailed the six days he spent in prison. “That s--t was crazy. Never thought I was gonna come out,” he said. “But I survived.”
Peter thanked the correction officers for being “hospitable” and some of his fellow inmates for their kindness while he was away. “You guys showed me that even in jail people have heart, and that was dope,” Peter said.
He ended the video with some words for all the haters. “The haters who have all those negative things to say to me, I’m gonna give you more to talk about because I’m only gonna rise, baby,” he said. “There’s nothing that y’all could do that could eff me up.”
In addition to reciting Psalm 23 every day, Peter said that thinking about his loved ones during his time in jail also helped him cope with the experience. “Again, thank you for everybody that wished me well. I was thinking about my kids, I was thinking about my staff, I was thinking about my woman, I was thinking about my brother, my mother, my father, my parents that [are] 82 years old, my parents that are still together over 60 years, still together, and my dad had never spent a week or a day in jail. So I know he was disappointed,” Peter shared. “I was disappointed about it also. But I have three sons, and I would never want to see them go through that.”
Peter added, “But there’s a reason for everything, right? I’m focused, and I’m only gonna get better.”