Danielle Staub was all about creating waves (um, tsunamis?) when she appeared on the early seasons of Real Housewives of New Jersey. I’d venture a guess that she paved the way for all other housewives villains, but Danielle was certainly the original when she went up against the Manzo-Laurita clan. Of course, dare I say she’s having the last laugh as the ladies continue to battle, no longer having her to blame as the scape goat?
The prostitution whore author, singer, and one time lady pond dipper, peaced out from RHONJ to focus on her two daughters, leaving a table-flipping Teresa Giudice in her wake. She’s remained relatively quiet (for an ex-housewife, at least!) over the years, but Danielle is now revealing that her “love and light” philosophy has extended to her romantic life. The one time pot-stirrer has settled into a drama free life with her new fiance Joseph Masalta.
2014 was a year for law breaking, court cases, tax issues, and bankruptcies from our favorite reality TV stars.
Below, we’ll update you on who owes what, whose divorce is a mess, who is suing, who is being sued, and who’s going to prison! In addition to adding several new cases to the rosters of law-dabbling reality stars, some stars continued to battle existing cases – such as Jacqueline Laurita‘s and Sonja Morgan‘s bankruptcies.
Meanwhile other stars finally resolved long-standing issues. Undoubtedly the biggest legal drama of the year was Teresa Giudice finally facing a judge and being sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to 4 counts of fraud, which all began way back in 2009 when the Real Housewives Of New Jersey star filed for bankruptcy for an incredible $13 million dollars of debt!
After serving her 15 month prison sentence, Teresa said she does not feel she’ll come back to RHONJ – instead opting for greener reality TV pastures. After 6 seasons, most of them showcasing how absolutely nuts she is, Teresa admitted to a love-hate relationship with the show. It made her a household name and gave her plenty of opportunities, but also, in a sense, caused her family to implode, destroyed friendships, and to hear her tell it – may inadvertently be responsible for her legal troubles. I mean, it’s not like Teresa is responsible for her actions. DUH
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Apparently Dina feels Caroline, Jacqueline, and her brother Chris Laurita didn’t support her against Danielle Staub, but her buddy Teresa Giudice did when she flung a table and screamed “Prostitution Whore!” on national television.
“Dina isn’t speaking to her Caroline,Chris or Jax because of the first season table flip,” an insider tells Tom Murro.
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New Atlanta Housewife Claudia Jordan was red hot at the “Beyond The Lights” screening in Atlanta. Kim Richards grabbed food from Judy’s Deli, and Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles star James Harris hit up Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in West Hollywood.
In just one example, she replied to a fans tweet regarding the sentencing. “@FamilyIsLoyalty: Ohhhh @daniellestaub dontcha frigin LOVE karma baby!!!!!!! Yup.”
“Yup.” Classy. Well, I guess Danielle realized that she could get a little publicity — nothing like capitalizing on someone’s tragedy — so she has changed her tune in order to get on TV. (Somewhere we were hoping never to see her again.)
Stephen Zalewski, who starred in Danielle’s tape (along with a bagel), sued her for $100,000 for defamation after she accused him of leaking the tape on purpose – and Stephen won! Well the courts allowed Danielle to discharge that debt. Which means Stephen lost twice: once when he schtupped Danielle and again when he didn’t get his money from her!