Ira Peskowitz — the father of viral sensation Danielle Bregoli, also known as the Cash Me Outside girl — has started a GoFundMe to “save” his 13-year-old daughter.
In the description of the fundraiser, he says he’s estranged from the young teen, who rose to fame after an appearance on Dr. Phil, as a result of “parental alienation” by Danielle’s mother, Barbara.
“I’m reaching out to the world, humbly, as a father that was estranged from my daughter, Danielle, as a result of parental alienation,” he writes. “I have always taken care of her financially but was denied the opportunity to truly be a present parent and influence in her life. As a result, Danielle and her future have been compromised with the lack of love and guidance a child needs to be able to flourish in this world.”
He goes on to explain that he’s asking for money to cover the legal fees needed “to be able to have a happy and healthy life in a stable home with a strong positive future.”
Ira was largely out of the picture when Danielle made her first appearance on TV, during which her mother was cast as a stressed-out single mom in an episode titled, “I Want to Give Up My Car-Stealing, Knife-Wielding, Twerking 13-Year-Old Daughter Who Tried to Frame Me for a Crime.”
During her appearance on the show, the TV doctor asked Dani about her father, and she wiped tears from her eyes as she tells him about the 49-year-old law enforcement professional who has “another family.”
In a recent interview with the Palm Beach Post, Ira — who has two kids with his wife — called the attention she’s received “appalling,” while insisting that he isn’t the man Dani and Dr. Phil painted him to be, adding that they while the two have a rocky relationship, they do keep in touch (mostly by phone).
“Danielle feels rejected by me. That poor girl. I did not abandon her. I left her mother, but I did not abandon her,” he said. “I know there is a little girl in there, and I hope one day she can hug me and say, ‘I love you daddy.’”
Even before he launched the GoFundMe (which has a goal of $50,000), he made it clear he hopes to get his daughter’s life back on track.
“She is still young,” he told the Post. “Danielle needs to be allowed to be a normal, healthy 13-year-old girl. Danielle needs to get treatment, needs to get a good education, get involved in physical activity.”
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