This was posted on Friday, December 23, 2016 by Rodney Ho on AJC's Radio & TV Talk blog
Sheree Whitfield tried to play nice with her neighbors after a Sandy Springs hearing last month where she paid a $1,000 fine for not filing proper permits for a "Real Housewives of Atlanta" party, insisting she was a "good neighbor."
But not anymore.
She told the Domenick Nati Show on IHeartRadio she thought the whole situation was "blown out of proportion."
The complaining neighbors, she surmised, "are p*ssed off that a little black girl was able to move into the neighborhood and build a home that's bigger than some of theirs. They are p*ssed for whatever reason. I totally don't think it was fair."
"I am not happy with the city I live in," she added. "I pay taxes like everybody else."
She has been building Chateau Sheree for many years but has shot many scenes there for "Real Housewives," including a "housewarming party" that happened October 28 but has not yet aired on the Bravo show. It's not even clear she is living there yet.
She told Nati other people had parties in the neighborhood and nobody calls the cops. And she felt the judge Candiss Howard was making an example of her in front of the cameras and gave her probation for a minor code violation, calling that "ridiculous."
In the interview, she made it sound like there were a lot of media at the Sandy Springs Municipal Court. It was just Channel 2 Action News reporter Michael Petchenik, his camera man, and me.
"There are cameras around. There are people in the courtroom," she told Nati. "I talked to the prosecutor. Did you guys call TV? No, no.... They put me in front of a lot of people. They were going in alphabetical order. My last name is W. I was toward the end when they called my name. They called me just in time for the 12 o'clock news. I am pissed. I got people with camera phones in the courtroom. [That was both me and Petchenik] Catching me walk down the aisle. I can't believe you're doing this. I expected the judge will say something. Someone is sitting in the front row recording me on a cell phone. But they said nothing."
Media, with proper permission, can take video and pictures in the courtroom.
She also said Kenya Moore is more bothered by her than the other way around and seems threatened by people in general.