When NBC documentary producer Benita Alexander was tasked with overlaying the story of modern surgeon Paolo Macchiarini in 2013, she couldn’t have fathomed the extent to which the physician would alter her life.
His medical “marvels,” which embody artificial organ transplants and stem cell therapies, had been the topic of the two-hour documentary A Leap of Religion, which was led by Meredith Vieira in 2014.
Whereas Benita was working with Paolo for the story, she fell in love with him. Over the course of two years, the pair would get engaged, and Paolo would promise her a marriage officiated by none apart from his affected person, Pope Francis. The Obamas and the Clintons could be invited to the nuptials, and it turned one of many hottest occasions on individuals’s social calendars — although it by no means occurred.
In actuality, Paolo had not labored with the Pope, and he was nonetheless married to his spouse of 30 years.
His relationship with Benita, which was an excessive battle of curiosity, was fraudulent from the beginning. Benita is sharing the story of how Paolo deceived her within the first episode of the ABC collection, The Con.
The place is Benita Alexander now? Proceed studying to search out out what the award-winning producer is as much as since her heartbreaking romance with the surgeon.
The place is Benita Alexander now?
Since her romance with Paolo imploded in 2015, the 54-year-old has continued engaged on documentaries and docuseries’. In 2015, she served as a co-executive producer on Breaking the Silence, which featured DWTS professional Cheryl Burke, and Counting On alums Jessa Seewald and Jill Duggar Dillard. In 2019, she produced the Oxygen doc Seduced By Evil, which chronicles one other con-man, Derek Alldred.
She’s labored carefully with the Investigation Discovery (ID) community for ID Now, Nonetheless a Thriller (which she additionally narrates), and Crimes Gone Viral.
Benita has additionally labored on sharing her personal story with the general public, and it was the topic of the 2018 documentary He Lied About All the things. She is sharing her perspective, as soon as once more, on what occurred between her and her ex-fiancé in The Con.
Forward of the Oct. 14 premiere of the ABC docuseries (which covers a brand new con story every week), Benita posted on Instagram in regards to the impression that Paolo has had on her life.
She shared that many ladies have contacted her with related tales since she opened up about her expertise. She went on to say that it could possibly actually occur to anybody.
“Belief me, admitting that you simply received conned, particularly as a wise, profitable girl, is excruciatingly painful. On prime of the devastating shock of realizing the particular person you liked by no means even existed, you are feeling silly, humiliated and embarrassed,” Benita wrote. “Going public opens you as much as all of the hateful trolls and naysayers who take sick pleasure in mocking and taking stabs at you from behind the anonymity of their computer systems.”
“I’ve lengthy since realized to face sturdy in opposition to all of that – for one, extraordinarily vital cause — I am now on a mission to assist different girls expose the lads who’ve conned them, and to unfold consciousness about love cons and take away the stigma that continues to perpetuate that claims you are silly in the event you’re a lady who falls for a con man. I promise you, you might be NOT …” she continued in her caption.
Benita can also be the mom of a 17-year-old named Jessina.