According to court documents obtained by Radar Online, Dennis McKinley was involved in a nasty legal battle with his ex-girlfriend that resulted in police charges being filed.
In May 2015, Dennis filed suit against his ex-girlfriend, Shanise Thomason, for “trademark infringement, conversion and other wrongful acts” in regards to his “Queen Virgin Remy” company, which is a hair weave and extension business.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star’s fiance accused his ex-girlfriend of stealing “Queen Virgin Remy” inventory valued around $5,900 (67% of the store’s inventory), from a retail store in Columbus, Georgia on February 9, 2015.
“Defendant Thomason entered the Queen Virgin Remy retail store in Columbus and unlawfully took Queen Virgin Remy hair products from the store without paying,” the complaint filed on May 8, 2015 read. “Thomason entered into the Columbus store with a large black trash bag. She walked behind the front counter of the store and opened the door to the store’s stock room. She removed hair products inventory from storage bins and placed them into the black trash bag and left the store with the black trash bag filled with Queen Virgin Remy hair products.”
A police report filed by “Queen Virgin Remy,” accuses Shanise of lying to the police by claiming “shared ownership” of the store. She later turned herself in on February 25, 2015, and was charged with shoplifting.
Dennis also accused Shanise of using the “Queen Virgin Remy” name and brand logo to “promote and market herself and her own business ventures in a way that is misleading and confusing to members of the public.”
He asked the court grant him a temporary restraining order to prevent “continuation of wrongful conduct.” The court granted the temporary restraining order.
In a countersuit filed by Shanise, she claims to be co-owner of “Queen Virgin Remy,” and is therefore entitled to use the trademark. She denied the shoplifting allegations against her and accused Dennis of initiating the charges maliciously and falsely. In her counterclaim, she claimed they met when he was “selling hair from the back of a vehicle through Craigslist.”
“In June 2012, Counterclaim Defendant McKinley proposed to Ms. Thomason that they open a storefront hair extension business in Atlanta,” her counterclaim read. “Ms. Thomason and McKinley agreed to become partners in the Queen Virgin Remy business in the summer of 2012.”
According to Dennis’ ex, she’s the one that provided the initial investment money to start the business, as she claimed he did not have the financial resources. They mutually agreed to be co-owners 50/50 and equally share the profits from the “Queen Virgin Remy” business.
However, Shanise claims that Dennis went behind her back and registered the company as the sole owner in August 2012.
“McKinley also did not include Ms. Thomason on other company documents for their business, was all done in violation of their partnership agreements,” the filing read.
Dennis later admitted to discussing the possibility of joining separate businesses under a single storefront in Atlanta.
On July 16, 2018, the couple settled the case. Shanise agreed to discontinue all use of “Queen Virgin Remy,” trademark — details of the agreement is confidential.
Dennis is a pretty ruthless guy — he also had Shanise evicted from the apartment they once shared as a couple on April 29, 2014.