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Charles Ramsey Says He Is Homeless, Broke After Fame That Followed Ohio Kidnapping Rescue

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UPDATE: Charles Ramsey disputes some of the claims in the Daily Mail's story.

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Two months after he became a national hero for helping to rescue three Cleveland women held captive for a decade, Charles Ramsey said he's now broke and homeless.

"I’m broke, bro," Ramsey told the Daily Mail. "That’s the truth."

Ramsey said he was fired from his job working in a kitchen because customers kept coming in to shake his hand.

The Mail reports that Ramsey was "shamed" out of his former home next to alleged kidnapper Ariel Castro by his neighbors "who claim he exaggerated his role in the rescue of the girls."

But the Mail also reports that Ramsey has made around $50,000 over the last two months largely from "corporate speaking engagements" and money raised by private individuals as a reward for helping the kidnapping victims.

Nevertheless, "Money goes fast if you have bills," he told the Mail.

Ramsey famously told Anderson Cooper he didn't want any money offered by the FBI for the return of Gina DeJesus, one of the women who was freed.

Ramsey was also offered free burgers for life and is the subject of tattoos and even an action figure.

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