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Melissa Gorga’s Ex Business Partner Asks Judge (Again)

I wish the reality TV cameras were rolling when Melissa Gorga’s former business partner Jackie Beard Robinson pushed (again) for the judge to take her case against Melissa and Andy Cohen to trial – instead of settling the matter outside of court.

Jackie is upset that she looks like a “felon” after Melissa shared on Real Housewives of New Jersey that she came into her store Envy in the middle of the night and left with the merchandise. Melissa discussed this with Andy during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live and now Jackie wants $30 million from them. Where does that number even come from? That is no chump change. I wish I was privy to the reasoning behind requesting such a large sum of money.

Melissa Gorga & Andy Cohen Will Go To Trial In August 2018 To Face Off Against Melissa’s Former Business Partner

Minus that cake fight, this Real Housewives of New Jersey season has been relatively drama-free for Melissa Gorga. Now her former business partner Jackie Beard Robinson is coming for her and the king of Bravo himself, Andy Cohen, with a dramatic lawsuit.

Jackie is suing Melissa and Andy for THIRTY MILLIONS DOLLARS because of the “defamation and infliction of emotional distress.” Melissa shared that Jackie cleared out her store during an episode of the show. Andy brought this up while Melissa was a guest on Watch What Happens Live, so that’s why his name is attached to this lawsuit as well.

Melissa Gorga’s Former “Envy” Business Partner Slaps Andy Cohen & Melissa With $30 Million Lawsuit For Defamation!

Shocking news! Not everything we see on reality television is REAL! Okay, we already knew that, but in Melissa Gorga’s case, made-for-tv-drama is coming back to bite her in a very real way. The Real Housewives Of New Jersey’s former business partner, Jackie Beard Robinson, is filing suit against Melissa and Andy Cohen for besmirching her good name publicly. She’s hired hard-hitting lawyer Larry Klayman to handle the case.

Jackie, who opened Envy boutique with Melissa last year, parted ways with the reality star in January due to differences of opinion and clashing visions for the store’s direction, “specifically about Robinson’s desire to expand selection to accommodate shoppers who aren’t, say, a size 2,” according to the press release. Jackie and Melissa both signed legal paperwork to dissolve their partnership, but since then Melissa is reportedly fabricating a story that Jackie deceived her and actually “stole” her merchandise in the middle of the night. Not true, according to the lawyers!

WEEHAWKEN, NJ - MARCH 25: TV personality Melissa Gorga attends her birthday celebration at Molos on March 25, 2017 in Weehawken, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)

The battle of the boutiques rages on! The sequined jumpsuit (oh how our Jersey girls love a good sequined jumpsuit!) Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga wore for her birthday celebrations was an apparent source of irritation for Posche owner Kim DePaola. Turns out Kim D. had posted the exact same jumpsuit on her Posche instagram (twice) two weeks before Melissa wore it out for her birthday party over the weekend.

So naturally Kim did what all the reality stars and their sidekicks do: headed to social media. Kim let everyone know she spotted the copycat look immediately and she didn’t hold back her thoughts on the situation.

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News from the Real Housewives of New Jersey ladies has been on the quiet side since the last season went off the air. Its spin-off show Manzo’d With Children isn’t even on right now. So basically no one is getting into arguments and even the self-promotion has gone down (very slightly). This week, however, there are some little slivers of news from the Garden State reality stars.

Teresa Giudice has been honored for her skills as an author – yes, I’m totally serious. Dolores Catania has basically confirmed that she and Siggy Flicker will be back on RHONJ. Also, Caroline Manzo’s daughter Lauren Manzo is about to pop out her first baby at any moment.

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I get that Dolores Catania’s shtick on Real Housewives of New Jersey is that she’s the neutral party who’s friends with everyone in the cast, but I was definitely surprised to see Melissa Gorga’s former business partner Jackie Beard Robinson at the opening of the Dolores’s new gym.

There was zero indication that Dolores and Jackie were friends and the end of Jackie and Melissa‘s business arrangement was far from amicable. I get that Dolores has “been around forever” and has known most of these ladies for years, but I feel like Jackie’s appearance would not sit well with Melissa.

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The future was not looking too bright for Melissa Gorga‘s store Envy after her partner Jackie Beard Robinson left. To add insult to injury, Jackie sold the Envy merchandise at Posche, the story owned by Melissa’s nemesis Kim DePaola. Melissa insisted that it wasn’t the end for her store though and she bounced back quicker than anyone ever expected. Envy is already up and running again and some Real Housewives cast members turned up for the re-opening party.

Of course, Melissa’s sister-in-law-turned-best-friend Teresa Giudice was there to lend her support. The always-neutral cast member Dolores Catania was on hand as well. Weirdly enough, all three of them had the same brown hair with blonde highlights. RHONJ friend (and shit stirrer) Robyn Levy came through as well. The more interesting story is who wasn’t pictured.

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For the most part, Melissa Gorga’s main story line last season on Real Housewives of New Jersey was opening up her clothing store Envy which was basically just a multi-episode push for publicity, but I would do the same thing if I were her. Recently Envy made headlines Melissa’s former business partner Jackie Beard Robinson liquidated inventory and had a big sale at rival Kim DePaola’s store Posche. Well, Melissa got it together way sooner than any of us expected and Envy is set to reopen pretty soon.

We all know how thirsty Kim D is for attention and that she would do anything to screw with Melissa, so it is not at all shocking that she managed to involve herself in this mess. At this point, Melissa is winning this feud, but I feel like Kim D always manages to slither her way to some form of revenge.

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