HOUSTON (KTRK) --Activist Quanell X is no stranger to controversy. Thursday, some of that will be directed against him, by some former clients from Beaumont, who claim he didn't earn the money they paid him to handle their cases.
Speaking exclusively to ABC13, Lesley Bradley said she paid him $3,500 dollars in April, to bring attention to her husband's pending appeal decision. He was convicted several years ago on a charge of robbery and kidnapping. A state appeals court is considering the case.
"I wanted Quanell to bring media attention," she said. "I thought he would interview my husband in prison. He never showed," she said.
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Bradley's allegation is still within the statute of limitations, so she could file a complaint with authorities, and she says she plans to do that. A recent inquiry with the Harris County D.A.'s office indicated there's no recent history of any complaints actually filed against the activist. It was also pointed out that such cases would probably be a civil matter.
Other former Beaumont clients who said they hired Quanell X several years ago complain of no response after they paid his retainer fee. Jackie Toussant-Jordan says she paid $3000.
"When I gave him that money, that was it. I haven't heard from him. I think I spoke to him about once."
Two weeks ago, when the group announced the possibility of a class action lawsuit, Quanell X responded by saying that most people present their cases as being race-based. Often, he said, they are not.
Today, he told us, "I'm not duty-bound when you retain me to lie for you. That's not part of my contract obligation for you and my moral conscience would not allow me to do that."
The clients in question are demanding their money be returned. Many signed a non-disclosure agreement with Q X Advisors, Inc., that contains no provision for refunds.
The protest is set for 2 pm in front of the Harris County Courthouse.