Why Nichelle Nichols’ Manager Lived on Her Estate

For almost a decade, Gilbert Bell served as Nichelle Nichols’ enterprise supervisor. They first labored collectively on a venture referred to as “Noah’s Room.” From there. they collaborated on just a few extra initiatives earlier than Nichols requested Bell to come back on as her full-time enterprise supervisor about six months later.

He stayed on as her enterprise supervisor till 2018 when her son, Kyle Johnson, filed for conservatorship over her particular person and her property. Johnson claimed that he wanted to be appointed as conservator for his mom as a result of she had dementia and Bell was profiting from her.

Johnson accused Bell of forcing his mom to work to revenue off the commissions, stealing cash from her property, and residing on her property with out paying a good market worth for lease. He claimed that Bell was mainly residing off his mom’s property and utilizing her fame for his personal achieve.

In an unique interview with Heavy, Bell defined how he started residing on Nichols’ property and why he continued to dwell there, even after the conservatorship was granted.

Bell Claims Nichols Offered Him Her Guest House

Bell stated that when they began formally working collectively, he was over at Nichols’ Woodland Hills property on a regular basis. Bell had a home in Studio City, Los Angeles on the time, so he was doing the 30-45 minute drive to Nichols’ home almost on daily basis.

Bell claimed that when he advised Nichols he was desirous about promoting his home, she instructed that he transfer on to her property.

“She had a visitor home on her property,” Bell stated. “We referred to as it a carriage home, cottage. She wished to know if I’d transfer into that as a result of my being simply 200 ft away would make it quite a bit simpler for us to work on initiatives throughout.”

Bell continued, saying that he was uncertain at first. He described himself as an individual who “likes to be alone.” However, he conceded that it made sense to remain there for a bit whereas he discovered a brand new home and offered his present place. So, he stated that he took her provide.

He ended up staying quite a bit longer than he anticipated although. He advised Heavy:

Six months went right into a yr after which so on and so forth. At first she would not enable me to pay any lease, mortgage, utilities, nothing as a result of it was a working relationship. With time, I stated ‘I can not do that. We’re going to should provide you with a lease if I’m going to proceed to remain right here.’ We went backwards and forwards. I supplied a specific amount. She wished quite a bit much less. She stated it was an excessive amount of… lastly we got here up with an agreed worth.

Bell stated that when Nichols bought pancreatitis in 2013, he primarily turned her full-time caregiver. He maintained that he was in a position to do that as a result of he lived in her visitor home. When she had a stroke almost two years later, she wanted round the clock care, based on Bell. He stated he was the one to rearrange for all of that.

Bell insisted that although he was residing on Nichols’ property for discounted lease, it was as a result of she wished him there. He maintained that the lease they agreed on was at her insistence, not his.

Johnson Claims Bell Was Ripping Off His Mother

After the conservatorship was granted in 2019, a authorized battle ensued between Bell and Johnson. According to a characteristic printed by The LA Times in August 2021, Bell filed a lawsuit towards Johnson. He alleged that Johnson was making an attempt to pressure him out of the visitor home, which had been his everlasting residence for a number of years by that point.

In a countersuit that Johnson filed towards Bell, Johnson alleged that Bell “wrongfully induced Ms. Nichols, to execute two unconscionable rental agreements with Bell as tenant of the premises for eight years on phrases shockingly beneath truthful market charges.”

The courtroom doc continued, “Although the premises may command rents exceeding $2,500 -$3,500.00 per thirty days, Bell obtained a month-to-month lease of solely 300 {dollars} ($300.00/mo.) over your entire interval of eight years. Additionally, Ms. Nichols was required to pay for Bell’s utilities and different providers (corresponding to cellphone, web & cable) for the premises.”

Johnson didn’t dispute that Nichols had agreed to those phrases for Bell’s residence on her property. However, he alleged that his mom was not mentally match to make such a rental settlement and that Bell had manipulated her into signing the lease.

Bell continued to dwell on Nichols’ property because the authorized battle continued. He advised Heavy that he lastly moved in the summertime of 2021 when Johnson offered his mom’s property. Bell made an association to maneuver out with the consumers after the property was offered. He by no means reached an settlement with Johnson. Bell nonetheless insists that his residing preparations and the phrases of the lease have been Nichols’ concept.

Heavy has reached out to Nichols and Johnson via their lawyer however has not obtained a response.


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