"They killed my sister"

It’s been one year since Madonna’s former personal manager, Caresse Henry, shot herself to death in an Irvine, Calif., apartment — allegedly still devastated over being discarded by the superstar in 2004, after spending 13 years as one of her closest confidantes.

Now, as allegations of suspicious activities swirl around Madonna’s charities and questions are raised about her ties to the New Age Kabbalah movement, Henry’s sister, Yvette Dobbie, is speaking publicly for the first time. And she is charging that Madonna and her connection to Kabbalah are to blame for Henry’s death on March 31, 2010 at the age of 44.

“Madonna and Kabbalah have blood on their hands. They killed my sister as surely as if they would have pulled the trigger themselves,” Dobbie told The Daily in an exclusive interview. “They don’t want to hear this, but I don’t care — I’m not in the entertainment business and I’m not intimidated by Madonna.”

Tax returns detail Madonna’s donations of $10 million between 1998 and 2009 to Kabbalah and two charities that she founded with financial ties to the sect. It shows the singer’s deepening ties to Kabbalah, a mystical offshoot of Judaism, whose U.S. chapter was started by Philip Berg in 1965 and has attracted celebrities such as Demi Moore, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.

The Daily reported exclusively yesterday that the FBI is scrutinizing one of Madonna’s nonprofit groups, Success for Kids, for “several irregularities and suspicious activity.” That comes on the heels of reports that Madonna’s Raising Malawi charity had squandered $3.8 million on a school that was never built in Malawi, an impoverished African nation.
The latest scandal concerns Madonna’s ex-manager, Henry, who became Madonna’s personal assistant in 1992 and her manager in 1996. The relationship began to deteriorate as Madonna, 52, became immersed in Kabbalah.

“The cult aspect, the all-encompassing intrusion into her life, how you think, what you eat, how you meditate ... that really didn’t sit well with my sister,” Dobbie said. “She was Catholic and didn’t think this was a good thing.”

Henry was named a trustee of one of Madonna’s charities, the Ray of Light Foundation, but wondered why so much money was going to Kabbalah, Dobbie, 50, said.
Then unease settled in as Madonna relied more and more on her Kabbalah advisers for everyday life.

“‘I’ve consulted with Rabbi Berg,’” Madonna had told Henry, Dobbie recalled. “Everything was Rabbi Berg, it’s bizarre. Their relationship became very fractured.”
The end came when Henry traveled to London and fell in love with one of Madonna’s bodyguards. Henry had a boyfriend back home, but wanted to pursue the new relationship. Madonna told her that she had consulted with Berg and ordered Henry to stop seeing the bodyguard, but Henry refused, Dobbie said.

“This is so hypocritical,” Dobbie said. “Madonna is very well known for having all these relationships.”
Henry was then fired shortly after. The bad news came via a cold fax from London on Nov. 5, 2004. The letterhead identified the sender as “Mrs. Ritchie” — Madonna’s legal name during her eight-year marriage to British director Guy Ritchie. The letter stated:

Dear Caresse:

I am writing to advise you that the engagement of you and Puddy, Inc. as my personal manager has ended and that you and your company may no longer hold yourself out as my manager, or take any further action on my behalf. Liz (Rosenberg) will be exclusively handling all communications with the media and sending us a proposed press release for our review.





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