Toni Braxton files for bankruptcy, owes $50m
Creditors include Screen Actors Guild, DirecTVToni Braxton has filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy for the second time. The six-time Grammy winner claims she owes between $10 million and $50 million, according to TMZ, who obtained the court documents.
Among her creditors: the Four Seasons Hotel, American Express, Tiffany & Co., Orkin Pest Control, Screen Actors Guild and DirecTV.
Despite selling 40 million records, Braxton also filed for bankruptcy in 1998. The IRS filed a lien against her for $396,000 earlier this year.
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