Teresa Giudice is in big trouble! And not the kind of generic fodder for tabloids that usually erupts on reality TV shows.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star has just been federally indicted on 39-counts of financial fraud along with her husband Joe Giudice. Teresa and Joe both plan to plead Not Guilty and it's clear Teresa is going to try and dumb her way out of this because she has a lot to lose in going to prison. Hey, Martha Stewart's career survived, maybe Teresa's can as well?
Reality Tea's source tells us EXCLUSIVELY that while Teresa is putting on a tough exterior, reality is for real hitting home for the Giudices and things are a mess!
"Teresa and Joe are a nervous wreck," our source reveals. "Joe's parents went to court with him and Teresa today. Things are bad."
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"Teresa, for the first time, is truly scared. Joe is holding up the best he can," our source says. Despite the bad news and terrible situation, Teresa's family is still supportive.
"Teresa has endless support from her parents and in-laws," our source explains. "Teresa's parents are taking the news very hard as well. Joe Giduice is a son to them, even more so than their own son."
Unfortunately Teresa cannot rely on the support of her brother Joe, however. Despite the positive turn the show has taken, behind the scenes the siblings are fighting again.
"Teresa has not heard from her brother nor her sister in law regarding their latest legal matters," our source reveals. "Teresa knows there is no heartfelt sympathy there so, she isn't surprised."
"Teresa and her brother do not speak. Ever since Melissa's first blog, things have been strained again," our source says. "Teresa doesn't understand why after they made up, Melissa would blog and be so nasty."
Apparently despite what she says on the show, reconciliation isn't really a priority for Melissa. "Melissa wants Joe all to herself. She doesn't want him to have a relationship with his sister. Teresa let her guard down, admitted she was wrong, and truly wanted peace."
Now Teresa has even bigger issues to worry about as there is a very real likelihood that she could go to prison and lose all the money she has worked hard to amass with her cookbooks and other business ventures.
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More photos – Teresa and Joe leaving the courthouse