Antoine Dodson, the 24 year old Huntsville native whose interview with WAFF-TV about chasing a would-be rapist from his sister’s bedroom made him a YouTube sensation, tells USMagazine.com he’s using the money he’s earned from his fame to by his family a new, safer home.
“We found a house,” he tells Us, adding that he is so “excited … It’s for my whole family. And these are new houses that have just been built.”
Musicians the Gregory Brothers turned his tirade during an interview with WAFF into an Auto-Tuned song that hit the top 50 iTunes list. He receives half of the proceeds.
“I still can’t believe this,” he tells Us of his sudden fame. “Even though my life is moving forward, it’s at a standstill in my mind. I’m like, ‘Wow! All of this is happening just off a news interview!’”
Dodson says he doesn’t regret going off in the now infamous news segment.
“I was angry!” he tells Us. “I was like, ‘I can’t believe this!’ I was really mad and everybody took the video and put it all out there. Now I’m glad that the world knows what’s going on so they won’t sweep this under the rug. This will bring pressure on the police department and investigators investigating the case.”
He tells Us police still have no leads.
Luckily, he tells Us, “We made enough to move and get a house.”
Dodson says he also plans to return to school. “I signed up to finish my Associate’s Degree in business,” he says. “That way I can take everything to the next level and be on a more professional level.”
His ultimate goal? To “open a salon,” he tells Us. “Or a hotel.”
Update from Antoine Dodson