Tamra Barney is always digging up dirt on people, isn't she? She's like the drama undertaker! Tales from the Grift Keeper… coming soon!
If you recall following last season's Real Housewives of Orange County, Tamra was calling Alexis Bellino "Jesus Jugs" among other things, which Alexis found to be offensive to her religion and discriminatory. Alexis and husband Jim Bellino threatened to sue Tamra. The lawsuit never happened but Tamra sure hasn't been shrieking Jesus Jugs.
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RumorFix claims the real reason Alexis and Jim abruptly abandoned their plans to sue Tamra is because she has no money is because Tamra has A LOT of dirt about Jim's shady alleged past business dealings!
Before he was Jumping For Jesus over at Tramboobily World, Jim was allegedly partners in some autograph business that turned out to be a forgery ring!
"Jim was mentioned in a book called Operation Bullpen: The Inside Story of the Biggest Forgery Scam in American History, which is about an autograph forgery ring that ripped off fans for $100 million," a source tells Mr. Housewife, via RumorFix. "Jim was accused of being the person who authenticated the fake signatures, but he was never charged."
“Jim was afraid that Tamra would talk about it on the show, potentially exposing him," the source explains. Jim was reportedly so distraught that Alexis was contemplating leaving the show because of it.
Jim's alleged involvement in the scam was outed in 1999 before RHOC (and Alexis) existed, but as a person who still represents himself as an enterpreneur he obviously would not want to be associated with a huge scandal. I mean other than RHOC.
Alexis and Jim have commented about the allegations (and his former career) in the past. Jim said he "“was neither tried nor convicted of any crime because I never would knowingly buy or sell an illegitimate or forged autograph.”
In other news, tonight is a brand new episode of RHOC. Tamra and Vicki have a huge fight on a wine retreat when Tamra accuses Vicki of abandoning the joint business venture Wines By Wives.
Reality Tea will be live-tweeting the shenanigans and cringing for all involved. I hope you'll join us for a little session of whining by wives!
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TELL US – WAS JIM GUILTY OF WRONG DOING? IS THAT THE REAL REASON THE BELLINOS THREATENED TO SUE TAMRA?