Derek J has faced down gunfire from a competitor, the cast of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" and the crowd at Stars of the Century. Now the gay linguist and celebrity hair stylist is staring down an ex customer who accuses him of stealing her weave.
Clutch the pearls! Stealing weave? That's the accusation from Benita Williams, who sued Derek J in Fulton County Magistrate Court in July. She wants justice. Or at least her weave and $1,563, $400 in interest and $109.50 in court costs.
"I had my sew-in taken down to be reinstalled. Derek led his team to steal my hair then Derek installed used hair, used cheap hair in my head. He (Derek) also encouraged other stylists to steal my hair," Williams says in the lawsuit.
Williams tells Radar Online that Derek J and his J Spot Salon that she's fabulous and they didn't keep her that way.
“I am not a celebrity, but I own my own business, and my contracts are with Fortune 100, 200 companies,” the source said. “With Derek, I paid around $700. I’m paying this type of money so I can look presentable to these people.”
“I’m not Kenya Moore and I’m not gonna fight you for my hair,” she joked. “But I know I can’t be the only person he’s done this to. Not the first, and definitely not the last. I want to give other women a platform to stand on, in the event that he does that again.”
Derek J, who will dish about your wedding gown as quickly as he'll style that hair, dismissed Williams as "regular" and looking for a payday.
“I have been doing hair for 15 years and I’ve never had this issue,” he said. “Unfortunately, when you start to raise your profile, certain things start to happen to you. I have celebrity clients, so to have this regular woman accuse me of this, it’s like, ‘Lady, sit down!’”
He tells Radar Online that he asked Williams to return to the salon to have her weave fixed. She didn't and responded on July 18 with the lawsuit.
“It was basically a misunderstanding,” he said. “She had hair in, and I took her hair out to wash it, and putting it back in is like putting a puzzle back together. If it gets misconfigured, it won’t have the same look as it did. That’s basically what happened, that it didn’t get put back in as it was supposed to.”
“I offered for her to come back in and have it fixed,” he said. “But she said no and six months later I get a lawsuit. It’s really, really ridiculous.”
A frayed mess.