State Senate Harlem candidate Brian Benjamin is a real-estate developer, community-board chairman — and a former reality-TV star accused of stealing everything from a computer to hair extensions from his cancer-stricken girlfriend.
Benjamin, 40, first landed on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Love in The City’’ show in 2014 as the devoted boyfriend of breast-cancer victim and entrepreneur Tiffany Jones, 42.
Jones was one of four women whose lives were featured on the show, which is still airing reruns. In the early episodes, she and Benjamin are depicted happily living together in a Harlem apartment.
He supports her during an intensely trying time in her life: After fighting off a recurrence of breast cancer, she is undergoing reconstructive surgery following a double mastectomy.
Benjamin accompanies Jones, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit PinkChoseMe Foundation, on trips to the doctor and to the hospital for her surgery. He helps with a fund-raiser for her foundation.
Then things get ugly.
Benjamin is on a dinner date with Tiffany at Sylvia’s restaurant and openly flirts with their waitress, asking for her name.
Jones also catches Benjamin flirting online with a former flame, leading her to seethe to him, “I don’t want to be married to a man, and have children with a man, that’s Gchatting inappropriately with another woman you claim you don’t care about.”
As their argument continues, he finally says, “I’m out. See ya later. Bye.”
The pair’s split was so bad that Jones later told her girlfriends on the show, “He took my computer. He took my Chanel bag. He took my hairpiece.”
She stood by her claim and said her friends referred to her ex as “the Harlem thief.”
“I am confirming that what was said on the show is true,” Jones told The Post.
“I asked him to give it back. Why he did he take it? That’s the question,” Jones said.
Benjamin last month won his local Democratic Party’s nomination for the vacant state Senate seat covering all of Harlem and parts of the Upper West Side and Morningside Heights, all but assuring him the position in the heavily Democratic district.
As for his past relationship with Jones, he told The Post, “Being on a reality-TV show means having parts of your life exaggerated and played up for dramatic effect.”
“There are always going to be things that are not entirely accurate. Still, I remember that time in my life fondly,’’ Benjamin said.
“Being on the show was a largely positive experience for me. I was proud to support Tiffany’s non-profit, both on and off the camera, and I’m glad to call her a friend and a supporter in my campaign for state Senate.”
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