Who is Mark Braddock? Todd Chrisley denies claims he had long-term gay affair with ex business partner
ATLANTA, GEORGIA: Todd Chrisley has fired back at allegations that he had a homosexual affair with his former business partner Mark Braddock just days before he's set to report at a Florida prison to start his 12-year sentence for fraud and tax evasion.
The 57-year-old Braddock had raised eyebrows when he testified during the trial in November 2022 that he had a gay affair with Chrisley, 53, back in the early 2000s. He said they ultimately broke it off but remained close until 2012, when the TV personality apparently called the cops on him. Chrisley appeared on his 'Chrisley Confessions' podcast on Tuesday, January 3, and declared that there is no truth to Braddock's claims.
Appearing on the podcast with his son Chase Chrisley, 26, the real estate mogul revealed why he was so insulted by the accusation. "What’s insulted me the most is that, out of all these 54 years, for me to finally be accused of being with a man, it would be someone who looked like Mark Braddock," Chrisley said, describing Braddock as "a toad. Someone that looks like a thumb. Someone who says he’s only had sex with his wife and me." He continued, "Let me you tell something. I could understand if you’d have had sex with me, it would [make] you crazy. I get that. There have been many who have been d**k-notized by your daddy." Chrisley then added that Braddock's story had changed several times, as reported by Daily Mail.
Chrisley said he was also insulted because Braddock alleged that "it was just something he wanted to try." The convicted fraudster quipped, "I ain’t that small spoon at Baskin-Robbins. I’m the whole scoop. You don’t get to just sample here." He added that he wouldn't be "as embarrassed" if someone like George Clooney or Brad Pitt claimed to have had sex with him. "That is the one thing that is the most insulting. To say that I couldn’t pull something better than that… there’s better to be had by Todd Chrisley than that," he added.
Who is Mark Braddock?
Braddock is the married father of two and grandfather of two. He is best known for turning against his alleged former lover and business partner Chrisley by tipping off federal officials about his fraudulent schemes after their supposed affair turned bitter. Braddock, who was granted immunity in exchange for his testimony, said he and Chrisley worked together at a real estate firm from 2005 to 2012. He said things quickly turned romantic between them and they started an affair that would last about a year. After their alleged secret romance ended, Braddock told the court they continued working together for nearly a decade, describing their close bond as a "brotherhood."
Braddock's LinkedIn account states that he graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Computer Science, Statistics, and Math in 1987. As reported by the Daily Mail, he began his career in 1984 working as a systems engineer at AT&T. He worked there for three years while living in Virginia, and later worked for companies like AT&T and SAP Software Solutions, before landing a job with Todd at Executive Asset Management in 2005. Braddock has been married to his wife Leslie Braddock since 1987 and reports suggest she's sticking by him despite his alleged infidelities. The couple currently resides in Florida, where Braddock now works as a partner at a consulting firm.
Mark Braddock and Todd Chrisley were blackmailed about affair
During the trial, Braddock claimed that his affair with Chrisley lasted for about a year and that they kept it hidden from their respective spouses. Braddock told the court that he was threatened by blackmailers while working at Executive Asset Management, after they claimed to know about his alleged affair with Chrisley. "Pay cash and we'll shut up," he said the blackmailer told him over text. The duo allegedly ended up paying the blackmailer $38,000 to keep them quiet. The former business partners, however, ultimately had a major falling out, thus ending their personal and professional relationship.
Braddock tipped off FBI after falling out with Chrisley
Braddock alleged in court that Chrisley threw him out of his office in 2012 and called the cops on him. This caused Braddock to feel vengeful and so he eventually tipped off the FBI about Chrisley and his wife's criminal activity. Todd and Julie Chrisley were found guilty on federal charges of bank fraud and tax evasion and submitting false documents to banks to take out loans to fund their lavish lifestyle. They reportedly took out more than $30 million in such loans. While Todd was sentenced to 12 years in prison, Julie was ordered to serve seven. Both were also sentenced to 16 months of probation upon their release. For now, the disgraced duo is expected to report to their respective Florida prisons on January 17, per the Daily Mail.