FLORENCE BALLARD & BERRY GORDY ALTERCATION:
Tony Turner reveals in his book, “All That Glittered,” ‘one day I noticed Flo Ballard taking diet pills. These pills made her very talkative and she’d start talking about Berry Gordy and his gambling debts, how he gambled all the time and the money he used to pay for it was really coming from the Supremes money and she wouldn’t see her money wasted that way.'
She also told me about something that happened at the “Twenty Grand Club,” in Detroit. 'She and her husband Tommy were having a nice romantic dinner when in walked Berry Gordy. He walked past their table, looked at Tommy and said, ‘Good Evening, Mr. Chapman and then he turned to Flo and said, “Diana is right, you are entirely too fat. You had better do something about your weight, Florence. The whole situation with your weight is ridiculous. Flo picked up her drink and threw it in Gordy’s face. She then grabbed her sable coat and stormed out of the club with Tommy.'
She told me that was the night she got on diet pills, just to get them off her back, even though she was just a size 9. That’s how it started and since the diet pills put her on edge the doctor had prescribed her Valium too.
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Tony Turner makes a startling revelation in his book, “All That Glittered.” He reveals, “Backstage with the Supremes, the hostility was beyond all bounds and Berry Gordy looked like he was about to explode. He kept telling Flo Ballard, ‘You’re going too far, Flo.’ Turner adds, one night, Gordy was in the Copa dressing room arguing with Flo once again, according to Turner, ‘I saw him raise his hand, almost as if he was going to slap her.
Immediately Flo screamed out, “If you raise your hand to hit me, you’re going to pull back a bloody stump!” Gordy turned and left. Flo went right after him, she opened the dressing room door and yelled, “Don’t you ever walk out on me, I’ll Cut you-you too short shit.”
I was so nervous, I tried to laugh to break the tension, Diana looked at me and said, “You’ll be out next.” I didn’t know what she was talking about but when we got back to the hotel, Flo told me, “She must mean after she leaves.”