One-half of the Clermont Twins will be headed to prison for 12 months after pleading guilty to wire fraud. Shannade Clermont is scheduled to turn herself into a Los Angeles prison on June 4th for stealing debit-card information from James Alesi, a real estate broker who she claims was her “sugar daddy” and was found dead after spending an evening with the socialite.
On January 31, 2017, 42-year-old Alesi died of a cocaine and fentanyl overdose following what prosecutors described as a $400 “prostitution date” with Clermont at his Manhattan apartment. Shannade told The Post, “He wasn’t asleep when I left, he was just drunk. I have never been around people who have been on heavy drugs, so I didn’t really know. It was like, ‘Oh, he was a drunk mess.’ I was annoyed… [I thought] he was playing games. So I just left.”
She admitted she took his card when she left and, over the next few months, went on a $20,000 shopping spree, used it to pay her rent, purchase flights and splurge on Valentino shoes, a Philipp Plein jacket and Beats headphones, among many other luxury items the deceased Alesi was paying for.
Shannade said she didn’t know Alesi had passed away until later but agrees the situation does look bad. “From the outside looking in, it looks like I knew he was dead and was like ‘haha’… and that’s really sick,” she said. Her sister Shannon defended her to The Post, saying it’s “sick” anyone would think Shannade knew Alesi was dead and she didn’t call 911.
Shannade insists that she’s not a “coldhearted gold digger obsessed with fame and fortune” and that she isn’t to blame for Alesi’s lifestyle. “The thing was, he was known as a sugar daddy — very known,” Shannade said. “He’s not, like, an innocent person.”
Following her sentencing, Clermont was made to get permission from the judge every time she wanted to travel and the turned out to be a problem for her financially after Alesi died. “I mean, I didn’t love him; I liked him. [He] was just someone who took care of me,” Shannade said.
At the sentencing, Alesi’s sister claimed the alleged incident “was all calculated in advance, done out of greed and with malicious intent,” in a statement she read to the court. “My brother died, and [Shannade] went shopping,” the sister said. Shannade says Alesi’s family members “don’t really know his lifestyle. I mean, he’s been in and out of rehab for years. Like, you knew he had a drug problem, why am I the one to blame for that?”
The twins shared their fear of being apart, and when asked about the impending separation, they both broke down in tears. “I have to be strong for her because I usually cry when I am alone or when she’s not around,” Shannon said. Shannon also shares she couldn’t imagine continuing on social media without her sister. “I’m not posting by myself. Now if it’s just one of us, we don’t post: That’s our brand.”
In regards to her prison sentence, Shannade said, “I feel like this may have happened for a reason. God already has his plan, and I’m just going to the path and living it. Look at TI and Gucci Mane. Many people have been incarcerated, and they come out stronger. Look at Martha Stewart.”