Jilted Mistress Takes Out Times Square Billboard

Is this scorned woman taking revenge too far?
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Jilted Mistress Takes Out Times Square Billboard

Is this scorned woman taking revenge too far?

-Carrie Seim


Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Particularly if that woman has access to billboards in Times Square.

According to Gawker, a slew of giant billboards have popped up in New York, San Francisco and Atlanta featuring a mysterious couple, Charles E. Phillips and YaVaughnie Wilkins. The signs spotlight an oversize image of the couple cuddling, along with the words “You are my soul mate forever! – cep” and a link to a bizarre website littered with love notes and romantic pics of the canoodlers. (The site, charlesphillipsandyavaughniewilkins.com, has now been shut down.)

There’s only one little problem.

Charles is the co-president of software giant Oracle and on the board of President Obama’s economic recovery team. YaVaughnie is – not his wife.

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While details are still murky, evidence is piling up to suggest that Charles and YaVaughnie have been having an eight-year affair. According to Gawker’s tipsters, Charles is married to Karen Phillips, who appeared with him on December 3 when he was honored with a global innovation award at New York’s Waldorf Astoria. (A reader notes that Charles dedicated his entire acceptance speech to his wife.)

YaVaughnie, meanwhile, apparently created the website and billboards in an act of revenge after being jilted. This is Gawker’s best guess after chatting with the website’s designer, Bela Kovacs. Bela says he was hired solely by YaVaughnie and was under the impression the site would be a romantic “gift” for Charles.

Gallant pre-Valentine’s gesture? Outlook not so good. Fatal Attraction style flameout? Signs point to yes.

The photos on YaVa’s website will freak out any guy brazen enough to cheat on his wife. She’s posted several notes from Charles pledging his undying love and begging for her forgiveness and patience. She’s scanned letters he penned instructing her where to pick up plane tickets for round-the-world flights, along with ticket stubs for the Obama inauguration and photos of the two of them gallivanting in exotic locales. Even creepier? Several photos of YaVa with Charles’ son.


It’s obvious that Charles’ son knew his daddy had a lady on the side. But surely Oracle execs and the Obama administration were in the dark about this dalliance. And what about the wife? Did Karen simply turn a blind eye to the affair?

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