The ‘hero’ who claimed to have saved the three women held captive by Ariel Castro for a decade in his Ohio home has said that his life has been ruined by fame – even though he is set to earn roughly $50,000 as a result of the attention.
In his first interview since the days after the women escaped Castro’s dungeon, Charles Ramsey told MailOnline: ‘I’m broke bro, and that’s the truth’ and said that he is homeless because no landlord wants the hassle of taking him in.
He claims he can’t hold down a job because of the attention he receives. He said when he worked in a kitchen so many customers would barge in to shake his hand that he was fired.
Sources tell MailOnline, however, that Ramsey’s income in the two months since the girls escaped is around $30,000, including fees from lucrative corporate speaking engagements and $15,000 donated by well-wishers. He has been booked in for another four speaking slots and can expect his earnings to reach $50,000.
He has bought an $8,000 BMW, bragged about being rich and started a business selling T-shirts with his face on them for $25 each.
But Ramsey’s former neighbors claim he exaggerated his role in the rescue of the girls.
Ramsey, 45, became an overnight celebrity in May when he claimed to have helped save Amanda Berry by prying open the door to the home in Cleveland, Ohio where she was being held when she banged on it for help.
When police arrived they discovered Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight inside as well.
Ramsey’s expletive-ridden 911 call and his colorful account of setting aside his McDonald’s meal to help went viral, while a CNN interview he gave was turned into a song by the Gregory Brothers called ‘Dead Giveaway.’