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More money troubles for the bankrupt Teresa Giudice, star of the Real Housewives of New Jersey.

According to a new RadarOnline report, a NJ judge has ordered Teresa’s husband Joe Giudice to pay $260,000 to his former business partner Joe Mastropole.

This all stems from a lawsuit filed by Mastropole in which he accused Joe of forging his signature on a mortgage loan and then pocketing $1 million from that loan. Judge Morris Stern reportedly found Joe, who he described as lacking credibility, guilty of forging the signature.

According to the judge, Joe will have to pay his former business partner the $260k in spite of his legal claim for bankruptcy protection.

“The signing of Mastropole’s name was a forgery… exhibiting willfulness and malice toward a former friend and current adversar,” Judge Stern wrote in his judgment, handed down in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Newark on Monday. “The extraordinary web of lies and misrepresentations woven by Giudice to implement and cover his misconduct reflects on his approach to business matters and suggest his disregard for legal restraints which would bind others.”

Moving on to other NJ news, despite her unwillingness to confirm or deny her return to the Real Housewives of New Jersey on the Bravo New Year’s Eve special, Popeater is echoing what we suspected all along, which is that Dina Manzo will not be returning to the Bravo hit show.

Dina however tells the site that her TV career is far from over. “You’ll see my face pop up on TV in the near future. I’m working on something very exciting, but it’s not reality TV,” says Dina who adds that she’s “happier than ever” since quitting the show. Though we’re not really sure what storyline Dina would have had after her ex-husband reportedly refused to allow their daughter Lexi to continue filming, in addition to her current husband, Tommy Manzo, who has also refused to do the show.

“I love them all. They’re great. The show just wasn’t for me. I’m a private person,” added Dina, who has appeared on two national reality shows in the past couple of years.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE NEW RULING AGAINST JOE? PLUS WILL YOU MISS DINA ON THE NJ HOUSEWIVES?

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Has hell frozen over? Above is a photo of Teresa Giudice and her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga looking rather chummy.

After it was reported earlier this year that Melissa had signed on to join the cast of Real Housewives of New Jersey, sources immediately informed us that the two ladies do not get along – at all. In fact, just two months ago, it was reported that Teresa and her hubby Joe Giudice started a brawl at the christening ceremony of Melissa’s son. Joe reportedly punched Teresa’s brother/Melissa’s husband Joe Gorga, leading to an all out fight between the men and some other party guests.

According to RadarOnline, the two sister-in-laws seem to have put the bad blood behind them, well at least for now. The above photo was taken at Melissa’s Christmas party which took place on Saturday night. “Teresa may have ignored some guests,” said a source. “But Melissa and Teresa got along great and had a lot of fun dancing together.”

Also in attendance at the party was Jacqueline Laurita and hubby Chris, Caroline and Al Manzo, Kim G., and the other new NJ housewife Kathy Wakile, who happens to be Teresa’s first cousin.

All signs point to this party marking the end of filming for the Real Housewives of NJ’s 3rd season. Melissa also tweeted the following this morning – “Time to wrap……..” Perhaps she’s just referring to wrapping gifts. From what we have heard, the 3rd season of the NJ Housewives will be explosive! With a lot of drama that will have you saying Danielle who? Bravo has yet to officially announce the airing date.

In other NJ news, Danielle Staub continues her attempt to stay relevant in the press. The latest is an interview with RadarOnline, in which she reveals her new year’s resolution is to have her former NJ costars “stop being mean girls!”

She adds, “Collectively stop being mean girls and resolve to be nice to everyone. Period. There is a much better existence.” Danielle also claims “I tried to [make amends] when I said goodbye at the reunion, when I walked away and quit.” Umm shouldn’t she be busy filming her “spin-off show?”  More photos from the party below.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON TERESA & MELISSA? ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE 3RD SEASON OF THE NJ HOUSEWIVES AS MUCH AS WE ARE?

Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice In Court

Teresa Giudice and husband Joe Giudice found themselves yet again in a New Jersey courtroom on Wednesday, and no, it had nothing to do with the bankruptcy fraud charges they are facing, but more to do with Joe’s former business partner accusing him of fraud.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars are being sued by Joe’s former business partner Joe Mastropole who accused Joe of forging his signature on a mortgage document in order to take out another loan and keep $1 million for himself.

While in court, the bankruptcy issue came up and Teresa testified that she had no idea her husband Joe was declaring bankruptcy, while also admitting that he forged her name behind her back on court papers detailing their financial woes. Joe’s defense was that everybody does and he didn’t think it was a big deal.

According to the NY Post, Teresa was unhappy about the bankruptcy questions and at one point during her cross examination, she sniped at the judge, “What does my bankruptcy have to do with this?”

It didn’t end there as the Post also reports Teresa was then seen outside of the courtroom arguing with a woman, who she accused of leaking information. RadarOnline adds that the woman Teresa was arguing with was Monica Ciccone, the wife of William Saracino Jr., the lawyer representing Mastropole. While in the courtroom, Teresa reportedly pointed to Monica saying, “You and me gotta talk!”

Then in the hallway, Monica was engaged in a conversation with another person when Teresa interrupted saying adamantly to Monica, “I need to talk to you!” Monica denied her request saying, “I don’t have to talk to you, we both have lawyers,” which reportedly made Teresa irate. She then jumped in Monica’s face, pointing her finger and yelling, “You need to stop telling people my business!”

Monica retorted by calling Teresa a bully. The war of words continued back and forth until Joe pulled Teresa away to get in the elevator. RadarOnline adds that as the doors closed, Joe was overheard saying in frustration, “I’m f**king tired of this TV sh*t!” Interesting.

Some good news though for Teresa. The judge dismissed the fraud charge against her in the case though Joe was not cleared. The judge however added that the dismissal may not fully exonerate Teresa as there still may be a breach of contract issue.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON TERESA’S COURTROOM ANTICS? ALSO DID YOU SEE THE HOUSEWIVES ON BRAVO’S THE FASHION SHOW THIS WEEK? THOUGHTS?

While Teresa Giudice, star of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, was able to escape the humility of a public auction, it seems her home items are still up for sale.

If you recall, Teresa and husband Joe Giudice filed for bankruptcy to the tune of $11 million in debt.  Back in July of this year, a judge ordered the Giudices to auction off most of their home items as a means to recoup some money for their debtors.  Those items included a grand piano, LCD TV, stainless steel gas range, bedroom furniture, and even her kids’ bedroom sets and toys.

The Giudices’ attorney was however able to get the public auction canceled in October.  RadarOnline is now reporting the private sale is underway.

CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTOS OF TERESA’S HOME ITEMS!

Even more interesting, the Giudices have put in their own minimum bid of $54,405 in hopes of retaining their valuables.  Meaning anyone who wishes to own Teresa’s home items would have to pay at least $54,406.  So basically Teresa and Joe get to keep their items if the judge approves the price and no other parties outbid them.

Teresa’s attorney James Kridel tells RadarOnline that anyone who puts in an offer would be doing it for the wrong reasons.  “In my opinion, it would have to be out of spite or out of ignorance,” he said. “Because whereas my mattress might be worth the replacement cost to me, it’s probably worth almost nothing to someone else, so the real value of it would be ridiculous.”

Mounting legal troubles continue to remain an issue for Teresa and Joe. As we reported last month, the couple is required to stand trial on July 14 & 15, 2011 for charges relating to bankruptcy fraud.  They are accused of concealing assets and hiding income in their bankruptcy filing.

A pre-trial has been set for Dec 14th, 2010.

The NY Post is reporting that Albie and Chris Manzo have been given their own spin-off show by the Bravo network.

According to the Post, sources close to the Real Housewives of New Jersey extras stars reveal that not only have they signed a contract with Bravo, but they have also begun filming the new untitled series.

Oddly enough, it was reported just last month that the boys moved out of their mom Caroline Manzo’s home and into their own bachelor pad. “The boys were looking for some independence,” an insider revealed. “They’re getting a ton of attention from the ladies and needed their own space.”

While a Bravo rep tells the Post that “Bravo has not made any announcement,” Rob Shuter of Popeater tweeted over the weekend that Bravo sources told him the boys are not getting their own spin-off show. Only time will reveal if the story is indeed true.

 

In other Real Housewives of NJ news, everyone’s favorite bankrupt housewife Teresa Giudice recently started her own blog on her official website, teresagiudice.com, on which she writes about her public appearances and family life.

However it was a recent blog post about her fellow castmate Jacqueline Laurita that got people talking. In the post, Teresa praises Jacqueline and then appears to take a swipe at her sister-in-law and newest NJ housewife Melissa Gorga. Well, we’ll let you be the judge. Teresa’s post is below -

“As if you didn’t already know, she is the sweetest, nicest, most genuine person you could ever meet. She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body and she always has your back. She’s also so funny. We have the best time together. And she’s a GREAT mom! (And no, she doesn’t have a nanny either! The only person I know with a nanny is my sister-in-law Melissa. (I’m not judging if you have a nanny, that’s cool, it’s just not my style.)”

Teresa then added the following update after a fan accused her of taking a dig at Melissa -

“I didn’t even occur to me that you might take it as a dig, because it wasn’t meant that way at all. I’m sorry if it seemed like an insult. I was only stating facts because people keep sending me questions on Facebook and Twitter about who of us has nannies. I know you are a great mom, and as I have said many times on my Twitter and Facebook and my website I will never say anything bad about my family. “

We’re thinking this might have been Teresa’s way of getting back at Melissa, who accused her of using her mother as a nanny in a facebook posting last year. Teresa has since updated the blog post, deleting any reference to Melissa. We were however able to get a screen shot of the original post thanks to Google cache. The screen shot is below.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON A MANZO BROTHERS SPIN-OFF? DID TERESA TAKE A DIG AT MELISSA?

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON BELOW TO SEE THE SCREEN SHOT!

Days after we reported the news of Teresa Giudice and hubby Joe Giudice having to stand trial for bankruptcy fraud in July, 2011, their attorney is now speaking out on their behalf.

James Kridel, attorney for the Real Housewives of New Jersey stars, will have to prove to the bankruptcy court come 2011 that his clients’ bankruptcy filing is indeed legit and should not be overturned. Roberta DeAngelis, the attorney in the U.S. Trustees Office who evaluated the Giudices’ filing, has recommended that the court not grant their Chapter 7 petition due to fraud. DeAngelis accused the Giudices of concealing assets, hiding income, providing false information to the IRS, etc.

Kridel’s strategy seems to be to avoid the trial all together. “I am going to be sending a letter to the US Trustees Office because I would like to resolve with them their issue rather than have to try it,” Kridel told RadarOnline.

Kridel however claims he isn’t doing this out of fear of losing the case or desperation. “I’m not doing it out of desperation; I’m doing it in their [debtors and US Trustees] best interest. That’s the next step. But ultimately the ball is in their court.”

Kridel also adds that he will argue that his clients “have been punished enough.” Kridel stated, “Instead of just looking at it as ‘Joe Giudice,’ it is a family and to deny a discharge in this case would destroy this family. Some of the family members are clearly not responsible for anything that occurred here.”

Good luck with that Kridel. In other NJ news, RadarOnline is also reporting that Caroline Manzo’s sons – Albie and Chris Manzo – have officially moved out of their mama bear’s cave and into their own bachelor pad!

“The guys decided to get their own place because they are young and good looking and famous,” a source close to the family told Radar. “They get a lot of attention from women. They are growing up and they need their privacy.”

The source adds that Caroline is however having a hard time adjusting to her new empty nest. “Their mom is really sad because she is really close to her sons,” added the insider.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE GIUDICES’ ATTORNEY’S COMMENTS AND THE MANZO BOYS MOVING OUT?

It seems the self proclaimed Susan Lucci of reality television will not be disappearing anytime soon, much to the dismay of many.

The HollywoodLife is reporting today that Danielle Staub, former star of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, has signed a deal with VH1 to film a pilot for her upcoming spin-off reality show. You know, the one that will be focusing on her personal life, career, family etc.

The way it usually works is if VH1 likes the pilot of her spin-off show, they will then pick it up for a full season.

“VH1 has picked up her show and they are almost done with negotiations,” a “source” tells HollywoodLife. “They haven’t started filming yet, but they will soon!”

In other Danielle news, she has now released her new music video for her song “Cry.” The video, posted below, is apparently meant to bring attention to domestic violence. Enjoy -

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