Former soap opera star Brenda Dickson claims she ended up broke and homeless after being blacklisted by Hollywood producer William J. Bell.
The New York Post reports that in the former "Young and the Restless" star's new book, "My True Hidden Hollywood Story," Dickson claims Bell hired "Mafia cartel judges and attorneys" to "ruin" her life, and finally after 30 years, she's fighting back.
In her book, the 64-year-old, who originated the role of Jill Foster Abbott on the daytime series, claims she was fired after 15 years on the show and has been blocked from working ever since.
Dickson has developed a bit of a reputation over the years, and made headlines in 2007 when she was arrested after refusing to vacate the Hawaii apartment she shared with her ex-husband.Dickson claimed she wasn't given a fair divorce hearing because the judge ordered that she receive no alimony, and that the condo she and her ex shared would be sold and the profits divided between them.
"This judge has left me penniless," Dickson told the Honolulu Advertiser while she was locked up for refusing to leave the condo. "He wants me to go on the street and be homeless. It's utterly and completely outrageous."
Dickson is not the only former TV star to suffer financial hardship in recent years. Former "Happy Days" star Erin Moran has also found herself broke and homeless in recent months.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misstated that Dickson claims she is currently broke and homeless. Rather, her claim in her book is that a blacklisting left her broke in the past.
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