The president of one of the world’s largest tech firms made his debut this week on a huge Times Square billboard – but it’s not for some new product.
YaVaughnie Wilkins who had an eight-and-a-half year affair with the married President of Oracle software purchased at least three Manhattan billboards in an attempt to shame the man. She put up the ads after he stopped seeing her and reconciled with his wife.
Ads showing Charles Phillips posing with his mistress, with the quote “‘You are my soulmate forever!’ – cep” have been posted at the corners of 45th Street and Third Avenue, 49th Street and 7th Avenue, 52nd Street and Broadway – as well as locations in Atlanta and San Francisco.
The billboards include the web domain charlesphillipsandyavaughniewilkins.com, which is now down, but was a photo site comprised of “snaps of the duo vacationing, dancing, drinking and singing karaoke” as well as scans of “dozens of florists cards signed ‘Charles’ bearing messages like ‘I’m sorry, please forgive me’ and ‘We’re going to have a great life, stick with me.” See the photos below!
Yesterday, Phillips’ publicist issued this statement on behalf of the 50-year-old software executive: “I had an 8½-year serious relationship with YaVaughnie Wilkins. My divorce proceedings began in 2008. The relationship with Ms. Wilkins has since ended and we both wish each other well.”
ClearChannel has refused to say who purchased the ads, but the tabloid estimates that the “very public humiliation campaign may have cost Wilkins upwards of $250,000.” The web designer who created the photo site claims Wilkins paid him “about $1,400” in August, and he thought the site was supposed to be a gift for Phillips.
You know the saying: Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
Did he get what he deserved? Or did she overreact?