Brandon Christoph Johnson is the 31-year-old alleged dealer who has provided Demi Lovato with drugs since April, per a report by TMZ.
Johnson was arrested in June a month before Lovato overdosed, and he was charged with a DUI and possession of cocaine.
On September 19, a warrant was issued for Johnson’s arrest by the LAPD for a cocaine case unrelated to Lovato’s overdose.
Johnson has since claimed that he was “romantic” with Lovato, though Lovato has neither confirmed nor denied this. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Lovato & Johnson Have Known Each Other Since April, & He Claimed to TMZ That Lovato Knew ‘Exactly’ What She Was Taking
According to TMZ, Lovato and Johnson have been in contact with one another since April of 2018. It’s unclear what Johnson’s profession is, though Johnson is reportedly a known drug dealer who often gets batches of drugs from Mexico.
In the interview with TMZ above, Johnson admitted to being with Lovato on the day that she overdosed, saying, “When I was with her, she was fine for the whole time.” He also went on to describe what she ingested as “aftermarket pills,” and claimed that she fell asleep, which “happens all the time.”
2. Johnson Was Arrested Twice In the Months Before Lovato’s Overdose
In March, Johnson was arrested after being found with narcotics, $10,000 in cash, and a semi-automatic loaded gun on his person without a permit. Police then raided his Hollywood home, TMZ reports. They found even more drugs, weaponry and ammunition, including two semi-automatic handguns, a small revolver, ammunition, four large magazines, according to the Daily News. Police have not yet charged him with a specific crime for his March arrest. He was booked in Van Nuys with bail set at $170,000, and he posted bond the next day.
In June, Johnson was arrested again, for a DUI and for possession of cocaine.
3. Johnson Claims to Have Been ‘Romantic’ With Lovato, Though Sources Conflict on That Account
It’s not entirely clear what the relationship between Johnson and Lovato was. Johnson has reportedly been telling friends that he and Lovato were romantically involved, though TMZ reports that other sources contend they were not involved on a romantic level.
However, sources did confirm to TMZ that Johnson had been allegedly supplying Lovato with drugs, and may have been the person who supplied her with the drugs that led to an overdose for her in July. DailyMail reports that a source has claimed Johnson has a “bad habit of buying [tainted] drugs from Mexico.”
4. Johnson Was Allegedly With Lovato the Night of Her Overdose, & Left Her After the Incident Occurred
According to DailyMail, Lovato contacted Johnson via text early in the morning on July 24, inviting him to join her at her home in the Hollywood Hills. They then allegedly smoked Oxycodone on “tin foil” together in her house, but DailyMail reports the batch was bad and was laced with fentanyl.
Johnson allegedly left Lovato alone after he saw that she was “breathing heavily” in bed, leaving her totally alone until her staff found her and reported the incident.
5. Lovato Is Currently in a Treatment Center With ‘Limited Contact’ to Friends & Family
Though it’s currently unclear where Johnson is at this moment, it’s likely that he and Lovato are not in communication anymore. TMZ reports that Lovato has elected to go to a treatment center for the indefinite future, and has limited contact with even her closest friends.