Reality TV stars and legal issues are like siamese twins! This year several stars dealt with legal problems from bankruptcies and foreclosures to lawsuits and arrests.
Without a doubt Real Housewives of New Jersey stars take the crown when it comes to most time spent in court – like a lot, a lot. But the ladies of Real Housewives of Orange County are not far behind them! Of course it wasn't just the Housewives who were getting hauled to court or busted by the IRS or mugshotted; several other shows represented well and held their own!
Below is the 2013 legal round up.
Above, Jenelle Evans confuses a jail cell with a spa and thinks it's a place you visit periodically to get away from it all! The Teen Mom 2 star, whose antics practically caused a cancelation for the show, racked up a whopping FIVE mugshots this year! #CheckMyCharges #GoogleMyMugshots
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Teresa & Joe Giudice Indicted On 41 Counts Of Fraud
Charged with everything from falsifying mortgage statements to failure to file taxes, Joe and Teresa have plead not guity to everything.
Originally the grifting couple was charged with 39 counts but the feds did some deeper digging and discovered a few more, bringing the total to 41!
Of course, the indictment opened a whole can of worms including that Joe is not a US citizen and could be deported. Teresa is probably attempting to plead down to probabtion - but her plea bargain was rejected! The couple is totally and utterly in denial but continuing to capture it all on film for the upcoming season of RHONJ!
You can read about all the charges here!
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NeNe Leakes Slapped With A Tax Lien!
Now that she's a very rich bitch, NeNe needs to pay her taxes!
Adding to her problems, newish hubby Gregg owed the State of Georgia over $100,000 in unpaid taxes. It is rumored the reason the two got divorced was so NeNe's RHOA wages wouldn't be garnished to pay Gregg's outstanding debts. Hopefully they've settled up!
Here's a tip: hire an accountant. Like, now.
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Bravo Gets Sued Over New Jersey Brawl!
In the cross-fire was major instigator Johnny Karagiorgis who was reportedly pummeled by Chris Laurita and Joe Gorga, plus stabbed with a stiletto by Jacqueline Laurita!
The RHONJ cast and Johnny started battling it out in court by filling chrages against each other - both sides' cases were eventually dismissed.
But Johnny is not stopping there: he filed a lawsuit against the cast members and NBC/Bravo citing he was set up by producers and targeted.
Jacqueline and Chris need to get better legal representation because the guy they hired isn't even a real attorney.
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Kandi Burruss Sues Kim Zolciak
Who would have thought that one of the worst songs in the Housewives franchise would have taken on such a life of its own!
After Kim named her spinoff Don't Be Tardy and used the song in the credits, Kandi filed a lawsuit claiming she was never paid for royalties and wanted to bar Kim from using the song permanently!
It's dragged on with much mugslinging on Kim's part as she accused Kandi of using her for publicity. Kandi claims it was merely a matter of principal - and money!
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Lil' Scrappy Arrested For Brawling!
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star Lil' Scrappy was just trying to defend his lady love when he got into a massive fight in an Atlanta gas station. You know... I always punch someone in the Cheeto aisle! #HotCheetos4Life
Anyway, Scrappy was arrested and since he's already on probabtion he could be headed to jail. Uh oh!
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Vicki Gunvalson Sued By Vicki's Vodka Business Partner
Vicki has found herself in hot water legally after her Vicki's Vodka business partner Robert Williamson III alleged that she and on-again/off-again beau Brooks tried to swindle him!
The case was initially settled out of court, but then Robert immediately filed another suit against Vicki citing the same allegations.
Add to that the accusations that Brooks tried to blackmail Robert and reportedly hired a hit man to take him out - things got very dirty.
As it stands now Vicki has filed a countersuit against Robert and insists she is innocent. She also accuses him of threatening her and illicit conduct.
Vicki is requesting the case go to trial. Oh my...
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Sonja Morgan Accused Of Hiding Assets
Sonja filed for bankruptcy in 2010 citing lots of debts including a $7 million dollar judgement against her over a movie deal gone wrong.
The Real Housewives of New York star is supposed repay a portion of her debt by selling several properties she obtained in her divorce settlement, but creditors accuse Sonja of intentionally stalling and hiding valuable assets in the hopes she can get out of repaying her debts!
You can read all about it here!
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Jacqueline & Chris Laurita Battle Foreclosure And A Tax Lien
Jacqueline and Chris suffered several financial blows! The couple is currently battling their own bankruptcy fraud allegations related to a filing from a few years ago. But that's not all!
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Sheree Whitfield Sues Bloggers; Owes The IRS Big!
It's not easy being She By SheBroke when everyone and their mama is trying to collect on you, boo boo!
First up, the former Real Housewives of Atlanta star was slapped by the State of Georgia for tax lien for $41,742.00. Of course Sheree could sell her Aston-Martin to help pay her bills. Oh wait... REPO'D!
Moving on... Who gon' stalk you, boo? Sheree's fantasy craft project known as Chateau Sheree has enquiring minds wanting to know the status of its completion.
When certain bloggers scoped out the grounds, Sheree hauled them to court seeking a restraining order - a judge denied her request. But Sheree is nothing if not persistant - she's now attempting to sue.
Unfortunately instead of wasting that money on attorney fees, Sheree should have been paying her mortgage, because Chateau Sheree is in foreclosure.
As always, She By SheInsanity keeps things interesting!
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Bethenny Frankel & Jason Hoppy Custody Battle!
Bethenny and Jason have settled their divorce, but their custody dispute wages on!
Jason, of course, contests this. Both spouses are back and forth in the courts. Jason has been accused of secretly recording Bethenny and has also refused to move out of of their TriBeCa loft for fear of being labeled with abandonment.
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Kim Kardashian & Kris Humphries Finalize Divorce
The divorce proceedings of Kris and Kim far outlasted their 72 day marriage.
After months of a drawn out legal fight over allegations that Kim used Kris to boost reality TV ratings and make money, the ex-couple ended up at trial where Kim, pregnant with Kanye West's child, was deposed.
While the terms of their divorce were never revealed, the former love birds officially came to an agreement and a judge signed off on their divorce.
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Peggy Tanous & Lynne Curtin File For Bankruptcy!
Life has not been kind to Lynne and Peggy post-Real Housewives of Orange County.
Both ladies have faced a bevy of personal and financial problems! Peggy filed for bankruptcy citing debts of around $2 million.
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Jenelle Evans Arrested Again, And Again, And Again…
No one can accuse Jenelle of being boring! She keeps herself busy and has the mugshots to prove it.
Despite Jenelle's home away from home being jail, she has miraculously avoided doing serious time.
However Jenelle's most recent arrest for a domestic situation with baby daddy Nathan Griffith could change that...
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Pauly D Custody Dispute With Baby Mama
So it turns out Pauly D like had a kid. A kid that he didn't know about and neither did anyone else until his baby mama Amanda Markert hauled his ass to court for child support.
When Pauly learned of daughter Amabella - the product of a one-night stand with a former Hooters waitress - he decided he too wanted custody. So he took Amanda to court. And then he claimed that she was an unfit mother given her occupation, her gold digging ways (alleged!), and the fact that she's also a single mother to another kid.
The two are currently in a custody dispute that hasn't been resolved yet, but Amanda is trying to quell famewhore accusations by claiming that Pauly leaked negative info about her and making her social media accounts private.
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Amber Portwood Released From Prison
Former Teen Mom trainwreck Amber has turned her life around after a prison stint and some serious counseling and rehab.
Amber was released from prison in November after serving time for drug charges. Upon her release Amber was euphoric about how positive her life is now and is focused on rebuilding her relationship with daughter Leah, now 4.
Amber also revealed that she was so messed up during her TM days that she was high throughout filming.
We are really proud of Amber for her turnaround and truly wish her the happiest life moving forward.
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The Brownstone Sued For Discimination
Albert's restaurant The Brownstone was slapped with a lawsuit when a former employee accused the establishment of wrongful termination, stiffing her of overtime pay, discrimination, and making racial slurs towards her. She also said the banquet hall was "filthy"!
Albert is fighting back with a countersuit and dismisses the employee as lazy and looking for a handout. The two haven't met in court yet.
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Tamra Barney Hauls Ex-Husband To Court
Poor Tamra is having difficulties acheiving her famewhoring aspirations!
Never one to back down, Tamra has hauled Simon to court demanding a judge give her permission to let the kids film when they are in her care. The couple currently shares 50/50 custody.
Tamra argues Simon is just being spiteful and that her youngest daughter has a real burning desire to follow in her mom's footsteps and get on TV. Hmmmmm...
I hope Simon is victorious on this one - and apparently the judge agrees. The judge has ordered a custody evaluation. Ouch!
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Joe Giudice Identity Theft Case Drags On!
Joe Giudice's attorney has definitely, like, bought a private jet with all the legal bills he's been racking up!
In addition to the federal fraud charges, Joe is still combating his 2011 indictment for Identity Theft. Remember: he used his brother's ID to obtain a license illegally after he lost his to multiple DUIs?
In total, Joe's license has been suspended fourty-seven (47!!!) times. Which is almost as many federal fraud charges he has. Woot!
Dude - stay home. Or get a chauffer.
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