Kumari was a law student who was in a relationship with an ex-bad boy older man, named Robert Ergonis. They broke up and Kumari began dating Joshua Conway. She told us that she was initially not into dating Josh, but he was persistent. They dated for a while. Josh drove Kumari to a modeling gig, and on the way back, she blacked out. She couldn't figure out why. She woke up at home and realized that money was missing from her purse. A ring also went missing. Josh watched Kumari's home while she went away. When she came back, her jewelry was missing from her home. Kumari suspected Josh had taken the money and her things.
Kumari asked Josh if he took her things and he denied it. Kumari didn't believe it, so she enrolled the help of Rob to scare Josh into confessing. Kumari asked Rob to set Josh straight and get her stuff back. She said in the confessional that she assumed Rob would just scare Josh by talking to him. Instead, Rob and three friends kidnapped Josh, held him at gunpoint and hurt him until he eventually escaped, but not until after he confessed, saying he owed people money. When Josh escaped, he got help. Police arrived, and Kumari was arrested and sentenced, but got off lightly in exchange for testifying against Robert.
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Daily Mail sheds an interesting light on the story, saying:
Fulbright was dating Joshua Conway when she asked him to sell jewellery she was given by her former boyfriend, Robert Ergonis, according to prosecutors.So what's the true story? Is she truly a victim here, or was there something else going on? The TV show was a little strange to me - it made it seem like Kumari was in a bad relationship but it wasn't her fault. Kumari was great at everything. Kumari was a former beauty queen but was also super smart and busy. I don't know, it just doesn't seem to be 100% right. She likes all these bad boys but she's completely a good girl who made one bad choice? The TV show left some questions open, for sure.
When Ergonis came back into Fulbright's life, she lied and told Ergonis that Conway had stolen and sold the jewellery.
Fulbright lured Conway to her flat and Ergonis and David Radde jumped him, the prosecutors said.
Another man, Larry Hammond, helped to detain him.
Unlike last week's Jessica Rasdall, who I think legitimately made bad decisions and regrets them, Kumari's episode came off differently. It made Kumari look like someone who remembers things where she's perfect in every scenario except this one. I'm not saying that's the case - reality TV is, after all, not real - but it painted a very beauty queen-like image of her.
I tried to think about what Kumari was thinking as this went on. Did she really just ask Rob to talk to Josh? Was there something we're not being told? Who made the decision to take it further? And why didn't Kumari let Josh go? Was she really just so in the moment that she didn't know what to do? It's entirely possible. Being on an adrenaline rush can do that - you know what you're doing is wrong but you can't think outside of it. This show didn't really touch on some of the psychological aspects that I would have liked to know more about.
Keep in mind as you watch the show, it's a show. It's based on Kumari's recollection of a scenario. We don't 100% know what happened, we don't know what anyone was thinking and we don't know the 100% truth. It's hard not to judge, but we have to understand that we don't truly know the entire story.