James Leonard

Joe Giudice

A new week, a new update on imprisoned Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Giudice, courtesy of the all-too-eager family lawyer James Leonard Jr. 2 updates down, 162 to go.

James told People (because, of course) he visited Joe on Friday, adding, “He is doing as well as can be expected. I would say that he is adjusting very well. I know that he misses Teresa and their four daughters immensely, but Joe will get through this, just like Teresa did.”



The reality stars were out and about event hopping this week! Last night most of the cast of The Real Housewives of New York turned out for a screening party – minus Carole Radziwill and Bethenny Frankel. But there was an additional Real Housewife in attendance: Teresa Giudice, who came with her attorney James Leonard and her BFF Priscilla.  Dorinda Medley was on RadioAndy this morning to dish on the screening party and set a few things straight from last night’s premiere episode.

NeNe Leakes showed off some major cleavage at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards as she got on stage with Derek Hough – who was mesmerized by NeNe’s girls. Also at the awards – Caitlyn Jenner.

Shahs of Sunset stars Asa Soltan Rahmati, Mercedes “MJ” Javid, and Mike Shouhed were on the red carpet for the iHeartRadio Music Awards. 

Erika Jayne stopped by to chat with Jenny McCarthy on her “Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy” show in L.A.

Below you’ll also find Tamar Braxton, Sonja Morgan, Luann de Lesseps and more!

E! NYFW Party

The New York Fashion Week festivities are kicking off this week and the parties are underway already.  Last night was E!’s NYFW celebration and it attracted the reality stars – and their lawyers? 

Among the Bravolebrities that turned out – Dorinda Medley, John Mahdessian, Luann de Lesseps, Kristen Taekman and more – were joined by Teresa Giudice’s attorney James Leonard Jr.  Random.

According to a report by Life & Style magazine, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice is facing jail time.

And as expected, this all has to do with her ongoing bankruptcy legal drama. See back in 2009, Teresa and hubby Joe Giudice filed bankruptcy to the tune of over $11 million in debt. However, almost a year later, their bankruptcy trustees alleged that Teresa knowingly withheld assets, including a $250,000 advance for her best-seller Skinny Italian and a business bank account.

An offense lawyers reveal could easily land her in prison for six months to a year. In fact, in unusual Teresa fashion, she actually spoke to the mag about the bankruptcy case. “I wish I could make this all go away,” admitted a clearly shaken Teresa, who insists any omissions were accidental, “but all I can do is take this one day at a time.”

Legal experts however add that Teresa, 39, is living on borrowed time. She and Joe were originally due to appear in court to face allegations of bankruptcy fraud on July 14, but the proceedings have now been postponed, giving her extra time before she faces the possibility of being torn from her daughters.

And unfortunately for Teresa, an attorney say it’s her own fault, even if she didn’t intend to commit a crime. “Teresa had her book contract a week before bankruptcy papers were filed but waited until a month after to sign it.” notes New Jersey lawyer Eric Lubin, who isn’t involved with the case.

“It seems as though she was avoiding signing the contract so that the money would come to her after the bankruptcy petition was filed. How could anyone forget that they have $250,000 coming to them?” In bankruptcy, everything a debtor owns before filing goes toward paying off debts. Anything earned after filing, the debtor can keep.

Meanwhile, bankruptcy trustees have also raised questions about $100,000 in deposits associated with Teresa’s online boutique, TGFabulicious.com. Because of that, Teresa “could be looking at life-altering consequences here,” cautions James Leonard, another New Jersey lawyer.

As for Teresa, she continues to keep her head up high while the legal drama looms on. “I’ve worked hard to brand myself,” she tells Life & Style. “I have no fears… Hopefully everything is going to be good,” adds Teresa.

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