Trina Johnson-Finn is back, thankfully, performing in Las Vegas this Sunday, Aug. 23. It’s her first time on stage since her release after spending more than 100 days in South American jail, as previously reported by Las Vegas Backstage Access.
Johnson-Finn has a 90-minute show at the Bootlegger Bistro on Sunday, Aug. 23, starting at 8:30 p.m.
She had been held in Suriname on charges that she impersonated past Las Vegas singer Toni Braxton to defraud a boisterous and demanding concert crowd. She was acquitted in June.
Las Vegas celebrity impersonator Trina Johnson-Finn arrived back at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on Wednesday evening, reunited with her husband and realtor, Raymond Finn, and a throng of well-wishers and fellow Las Vegas celebrity tribute artists that were shouting, waving and offering up balloons and flowers, including Willie Nelson (Roy Hammock), Jimi Hendrix (Jimi Taylor), Elvis (Greg Miller), Celine Dion (Elisa Furr), and Liza Minnelli (Suzanne Goulet).
The former backup singer for Barbara Streisand and MC Hammer was finally back, united among friends and family, 15 pounds lighter after being jailed for more than 100 days in the South American nation of Suriname, surviving on a diet of mostly rice and fish. She was recently acquitted of all charges as reported by Las Vegas Backstage Access.
She was accused of fraud after a South American promoter tried passing her off as the real deal Toni Braxton. She was told she was going to lip-sync five Braxton songs at a birthday party, but instead the “party” turned out to be a full-blown concert with hundreds of people paying more than $50 a ticket. The crowd ultimately got the ruse, became unruly, verbally abusing and pelting her with bottles before she was arrested.
“The first thing I’m going to do is sleep. And maybe have a cocktail,” Finn said upon her return.
A judge in Suriname on Friday released Las Vegas entertainer Trina Johnson-Finn who was accused of posing as singer Toni Braxton at a concert there where she was pelted with trash and booed offstage.
The 20-year professional singer who has augmented her career by impersonating stars as a “tribute artist” is now planning her return to Las Vegas to be with her husband, Raymond Finn, emotionally drained and financially devastated after the ordeal.
Finn, who had spent three months in jail there, said she would not be present at her formality sentencing hearing on Tuesday.
Finn has repeatedly said she was not involved in the impersonation scheme cover up that charged up to $53 per ticket for the Feb. 28 concert in Suriname’s capital. A crowd of 3,000 threw bottles and beer cans at Finn in what has been dubbed the “Phony Toni” concert.
The promoters Angel Ventura and his girlfriend Signet Sampson, though, remain in custody there and are expected to stand trial in July.
Please see April 25 and May 7 Las Vegas Backstage Access articles covering this case.
Las Vegas celebrity impersonator Trina Johnson-Finn has been incarcerated since March in a Suriname jail, location of Finn’s Feb. 28 concert.
She was denied release on Tuesday and now faces a May 26 trial date on charges of impersonating Las Vegas entertainer Toni Braxton.
Her attorney had reportedly filed an appeal to have released based on the arrest of the concert promoter, Angel Ventura, last Saturday, who was captured in a harbor bar in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname.
The judge denied the motion.
Please see prior April 25 Las Vegas Backstage Access article.
On May 2 a benefit concert will be held in Las Vegas for Las Vegas celebrity impersonator Trina Johnson-Finn, who has been jailed in South America for more than seven weeks.
Johnson-Finn goes on trial in early May on charges of fraudulently performing as Tony Braxton in the South American nation of Suriname.
Johnny Stuart, longtime operator of the “Legends In Concert,” is having the event at his Legends Ranch from noon to 8 p.m.