Dear New Jersey residents, don't bother checking your mailboxes today because it's a state holiday, otherwise known asMelissa Gorga's birthday!
Today we take a break from busting her balls and joking about renting Chanel (you're welcome for that little side-storyline, though!) and take a look at the Real Housewives of New Jersey star's past year in photos as she celebrates her big day.
Proving that no job is too corny for the Real Housewives of New Jersey star, she just released a new commercial for her Fabellini wine. Teresa has been doing bottle signings all over and really selling the product.
"Sexy. Sophisticated." (Two words that totally come to mind when I think of Teresa!) "We invite you to fall in love," says Teresa as she smizes her heart out. Well, hopefully it'll work. Reality Tea has tried it – and we were not swept away by the sexy sophisticatedness. Nor did we fall in love.
Bikini season has arrived in Florida. Oh wait, every season is bikini season there! Melissa Gorga and Kim Kardashian are flaunting their teeny bikinis and we have the pics.
Melissa, who is celebrating her birthday next week, is hanging out in Boca this week. Melissa soaked up the sun in her Maaji Swimwear Enlightening Wanderlust bikini. Aww, I guess that means no therapeutic birthday getaway to the spa for the cast? Thank you, Jesus? All snark aside, I'm really looking forward to the new season of Real Housewives of New Jersey!
Kim Kardashian busted out of a tiny bikini that belongs to her teenage sister! Kim posted two selfies wearing Kylie's bikini, which was clearly not meant for someone of Kim's cup size. But that's never stopped her before. She wrote, "Quick swim before the Dash party! Yep stole Kylie's bikini…she's not getting it back." Of course Kylie's not getting it back, it won't fit now! Here's Kylie in it a few hours before Kim snatched it.
"Thank you all for your love & support of my family & my kids," Teresa wrote. "You know how much they mean to me. I am keeping them protected & private. xx" Except on Twitter where Teresa has been blowing up her feed with photos of the family!
Kim flat out says that she doesn't feel Juicy and Tre got what they deserved in the plea deal. "I don't think they got what they deserved. I thik they should've gotten more. 39 counts and they're down to what? 4? Now we're remorseful? We better be remorseful cuz we know we're going to jail." Actually it was 41 charges, so only about 1/10 of the charges will stick.
Tom asked Kim if she thinks the Giudices are truly criminals or if they did what they did to keep up with the Joneses? "Both. I definitely think they're criminals. And actually i think they're that way because they don't know any other way. So that's been their way of life for how many years. Now they just got caught. "
This weekTeresa Giudiceand Joe Giudice finally faced the inevitable and pled guilty for their 41 counts of federal fraud charges. Teresa has expressed her shame for what this has done to her daughters and vowed not to speak publicly about the matter again. Until Barbara Walters or Oprah comes a'callin' I'm sure!
Faced with an insurmountable indictment, the Real Housewives of New Jerseystar is subject to a sentence of 21 – 27 months but Judge Esther Salas has the final say in just how long – if any – Teresa will serve in prison. Perhaps Joe may just be headed to the slammer solo! Teresa's attorney explained to People that Teresa has a strategy for convincing the Judge why she should be permitted to remain a free lady.
"Teresa's plan is to explain to the court both how she ended up in this mess to begin with as well as how she has made a life for herself and the girls that will see them through it," her lawyer Henry Klingeman revealed. "We have the right to ask for probation and we are going to."
The Giudice's plea deals hit the court site yesterday and Tamara Tattles broke it down in simple terms. We've got some of the highlights for you, but for the full read, see TT!
Teresa's terms. First, she's pleading guilty to only 4 of the 41 charges she was indicted on. The feds agree in the plea deal to agree to drop charges 2-14, 16-21 and 26-35. The counts that stand are as follows:
Count 1: Conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud – Max 20 years/ $250K Fine
Count 15 : Bankruptcy Fraud- Concealment – Max 5 years./ $250K Fine
Count 23 : Bankruptcy Fraud- False Oaths – Max 5 years./ $250K Fine
Count 36: Failure to make a Tax Return – Max 5 years./ $250K Fine
Teresa and Joe Giudice pled guilty in federal court today to their fraud charges as part of a plea deal with the prosecution. They'll be sentenced on July 8th and the judge will determine how much time they spend in prison, but it looks like both will definitely serve time.
Teresa released a statement to InTouch about the events today and says she won't be speaking further about the case: "Today, I took responsibility for a series of mistakes I made several years ago. I have said throughout that I respect the legal process and thus I intend to address the Court directly at sentencing. I will describe the choices I made, continue to take responsibility for my decisions, and express my remorse to Judge Salas and the public."