*When Tyler Perry came on the scene, it was as if he had a first class express flight to the top. Yes he’s shared his story about his rise to fame, but no one ever really challenged it.

Now a man claiming to be a part of the director’s past is coming forward with allegations that might just blow your mind.

In his memoir, “Never Would Have Made It: The Rise of Tyler Perry, The Most Powerful Entertainer in Black America (And What It Really Took to Get Him There),” Melvin Childs explains that Perry’s popularity came from illegal investments made by drug dealers.

Childs also makes the shocking charge that Perry used “risky deals with drug dealers, couriers carrying large bags of cash across the country; backstabbing and double-dealing with corrupt promoters,” plus other illicit means to fund his early work according to the book’s press release.

Before you shut the man down, he says he was one of the first investors that helped discover the artist. According to Childs, the two were so close that he supported Perry with basic living expenses at the time.

Childs also takes into account that for a period of time, he did have resentment toward the “Madea” creator, but admits he’s in a better place now.