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Danielle Staub got an unpleasant treat while at a Halloween party last night reports TMZ.

According to the site, the former Real Housewives of New Jersey star got served for a defamation lawsuit her ex-boyfriend Steve Zalewski is bringing against her.

Danielle was reportedly on the red carpet at the Halloween event in Woodridge, NJ when the process server walked up with an envelope and said, “Here, Danielle … you’ve been served.” Danielle did not seem too distraught as she simply handed her publicist the envelope.

Steve is suing Danielle for defamation as he is claiming she falsely accused him of secretly videotaping a sex romp with her.  Danielle made the claims during an episode of the Bravo hit show. Steve has since stated publicly that Danielle was well aware she was being taped.

Danielle is no stranger to defamation lawsuits as she recently settled one with her ex-husband Kevin Maher. Though the settlements terms were kept confidential, sources close to Kevin have stated Danielle had to pay him a nice sum.

In other Danielle news, a new report by RadarOnline states her faux lesbian relationship with songwriting “superstar” Lori Michaels was just that – a faux lesbian relationship. A friend of the now broken up couple tells Radar that though the two women were “physical” with one another, they “were not a couple.”

“Did they have a connection? Yes. Was it was very strong through work and song? Yes. Did Danielle feel more? Yes. Did she indicate that to Lori? Yes. But Lori was never going to put herself in a place where she was going to run away with Danielle,” adds the source.

Radar adds that Danielle has wasted no time in moving on as she showed up to the Thursday night Halloween party (the same party she was served at) with a mystery man.

TMZ is reporting today that Danielle Staub has reached a settlement with her ex-husband Kevin Maher.

The settlement comes just a day before the former Real Housewives of New Jersey star was supposed to be deposed. Kevin was suing Danielle for $5 million in a defamation lawsuit. Kevin has repeatedly denied the allegations Danielle made about him in the press and in her memoir when she claimed he once raped her with a gun and murdered her dog.

While the settlement terms are confidential, Kevin a source tells TMZ “cash was involved in the deal.”

Kevin also tells TMZ, “The matter was resolved to the satisfaction of both parties.” He added, “It’s interesting that the case gets settled the day before Danielle was supposed to be deposed … it was going to be the worst day of her life.”

Below is a photo of Kevin Maher taken back in March when he met up with Danielle’s co-stars Teresa Giudice and Jacqueline Laurita. The ladies stated they met up with Kevin to get answers about Danielle’s past.

It seems Jacqueline Laurita, star of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, wants absolutely nothing to do with a lawsuit against her former co-star Danielle Staub.

Following the leak or release of Caroline Manzo’s deposition, in a defamation lawsuit brought against Danielle by her ex-husband Kevin Maher, TMZ is reporting today that Jacqueline desperately wants to avoid testifying.

As for her reason, Jacqueline tells TMZ “I don’t want to go back to that dark place.” She added, “I didn’t even know I was on the list … it’s not really a list I want to be on … can I be taken OFF the list?”

As we previously reported, Kevin is suing Daniele for $5 million, citing that she spread horrific lies about him in the press and in her memoir. In addition to Caroline, Jacqueline was also added to the witness list to testify about Danielle’s “dishonest reputation.”

RadarOnline also reported a week ago that Danielle offered Kevin a settlement deal, but he ultimately rejected it.

“I really don’t want to go back to that dark place. Every time I’ve moved on the tide tries to pull me back in. I’m enjoying the sun. Let me be,” said Jacqueline, who is set to take the stand in February 2011.

In other NJ news, Dina Manzo tweeted a rare picture of she and her husband Tommy Manzo, who has never appeared on the Bravo show. That photo is below -

When news of the firing of Danielle Staub hit weeks ago, a few media outlets revealed the reason was an ultimatum given to Bravo by the Manzos.

Well, we can now confirm today that ultimatum is indeed true and fact. TMZ obtained a video of Caroline Manzo during her on camera deposition in the defamation lawsuit filed against Danielle by her ex-husband, Kevin Maher.

In the video, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star reveals she delivered a strict ultimatum to the show’s producers — if Danielle returned for another season … she’d quit the show.

“I did tell Bravo and Sirens that there is no amount of money you could put on the table for me next year,” said Caroline, adding that “if Danielle Staub is on the show, I am out because my integrity means too much to me … so for Season 3, they know it’s either Danielle or myself.”

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON CAROLINE’S ULTIMATUM? DID BRAVO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE?

Despite Danielle Staub’s firing from the Real Housewives of New Jersey, it seems Caroline Manzo continues to get dragged into her mess.

The latest is a new report by RadarOnline, which details Caroline’s recent testimony against Danielle in a Federal defamation lawsuit filed against Danielle by her ex-husband, Kevin Maher. Kevin is accusing Danielle of defaming him in media outlets and in her memoir, The Naked Truth.

In her testimony, Caroline, who was called to testify on behalf of Kevin, recalled the many tales Danielle told her about him. “She depicted him as a monster,” said Caroline during the July 22 deposition. “She depicted him as someone who would beat her daily, as someone that put her in the hospital due to the beatings, I want to say on more than one occasion.”

Caroline continued, “She claimed to have been hiding in a tree at some point, afraid that when he came home he would find her and beat her. She claimed to be the victim of prostitution due to his demands, that he put her into that world, again depicting him as an absolute monster. And the only reason she stayed with him, because she feared for her life if she left.”

According to Radar, Danielle has filed a motion with the court to have the case dismissed. An hearing for that has been set for September 27.

In other news, Danielle continues to talk to any media outlet willing to listen. The latest is her claims that she has not one, but two spin-off shows in the works! Danielle is claiming one of the shows will be a reality show based on her life a la Bethenny Getting Married, while the other will have her hosting a show a la Jerry Springer.

Danielle, pictured above on Friday snagging freebies at a MTV VMA retreat (feel free to check out the items in the photo background), told RadarOnline her reality show will be better than that of Bethenny Frankel. “It’s going to be better because it’s actually going to keep people awake and on the edge of their seats,” Danielle told Radar. “They’re going to want to see what I’m doing, where I’m going, who I’m wearing, what I’m wearing, who I’m chewing up and spitting out, maybe who I’m dating, maybe who I’m not, what is going on in my real life … and the one thing people say, love me or hate me, I keep it real and you’re paying attention.”

Danielle also shares she will be revealing her sexual orientation on her show. As for her other show, Danielle says she will be hosting it. “It’s going to be over the top and definitely something that I think people are going to be quite surprised that I’m going to be able to do and who I’m replacing.”

And while we continue to remain suspicious about Danielle’s “two shows,” HollywoodLife is reporting today that Danielle had a camera crew in tow during an OK magazine event last night. Danielle revealed to the site that one of her shows will be titled Social and will air on the WealthTV network. And no, we’ve never heard of the WealthTV network either, just in case you’re wondering.

“I’m replacing Robin Leach basically, of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, but with a twist,” she says. “There will be more socializing with the rich and famous celebrities and we’ll show how they give back as well.” Danielle says she will tape the first episode this Thursday — and will tape for 26 straight weeks. “Each week I’ll have a different celebrity or billionaire,” she says adding, “I’ll be filming anywhere from New Jersey all the way to India. We have a lot of celebrities lined up but I can’t tell you their names yet. Lori Michaels [her rumored girlfriend] will be a part of this too.”

Danielle confirmed to HollyWoodLife that her kids will appear on both shows. Poor kids.

TELL US – LOVE HER OR HATE HER, WOULD YOU WATCH A DANIELLE SPIN-OFF SHOW?

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More behind the scenes drama for the Real Housewives of New Jersey.

The NJ.com is reporting that Caroline Manzo has been deposed in the $5 million defamation lawsuit filed against Danielle Staub by her ex-husband Kevin Maher.

Maher tells the site, “Caroline Manzo saw Danielle Staub for who she truly is right off the bat and never gave Danielle the opportunity to hurt her like the rest of the housewives did,” adding that, “therefore we felt that Caroline’s testimony would be impartial and the most valued in these proceedings.”

Neither Caroline or Danielle’s has yet to comment on this latest development.


Jill Zarin & Caroline Manzo New BFFs – In other news, it seems Jill Zarin, star of the Real Housewives of New York City is back to her old famewhoring habits. First a very random story came out in multiple media outlets last week that Florida governor and senatorial candidate Charlie Crist and his wife Carole were staying with Jill while in the Hamptons meeting with environmentalists and campaigning.

Then this week, exactly a week later, the HollywoodLife also reported that Caroline Manzo stayed at Jill’s home in the Hamptons instead of staying with sister Dina Manzo who reportedly “had rented a house for the entire week.” Wonder how these stories keep getting to the press? The site proclaimed Jill and Caroline were new BFFs and that the two partied together throughout the weekend.

Danielle then took some time out of her very busy schedule to talk to the HollywoodLife about Jill and Caroline’s new budding friendship, even taking the time to warn Jill about Caroline.

“I guess congrats are in order?!” Danielle told HollywoodLife. “I want Jill to be happy and have good people surrounding her. Jill is amazing and has always been very kind to me and has reached out to me on several occassions in good and bad times … we’ve shared a lot.”

Despite the fact that she and her husband Joe Giudice are being accused of perjury, in the form of concealing assets during their bankruptcy filing, in addition to an auction date set for August 22nd to auction off the contents of their home items to pay off their creditors, Teresa Giudice is showing off her home in the latest issue of In Touch magazine.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star, who seems to be in major denial when it comes to her financial and legal woes, tells the mag of her 12,000-square-foot NJ mansion: “My house is very warm — even though it’s big, it’s very inviting and that’s what I love.”

And despite the fact that her husband’s finances are being investigated by the IRS plus the very public knowledge of her $11 million debt, Teresa makes certain to brag about just how luxurious her mansion is. “We had our house built with nothing but marble, granite and onyx,” she says, “I don’t think you can ever have too much of that. I could’ve had even more,” says Teresa the idiot.

Teresa could also be heard bragging that her mansion is worth $5 mil in last week’s episode of the Real Housewives of NJ, despite the fact that it’s value was listed at $1.7 mil in their bankruptcy filing. More photos of Teresa’s home below.


In other NJ news, more legal woes for Danielle Staub. Just days after her ex-boytoy/former sex tape partner Steve Zalewski filed suit against her for defamation, Zap2It is now reporting that her ex-husband is also planning to file a new lawsuit against her within the next two weeks .

That ex-husband is Kevin Maher, the man who wrote ‘Cop Without A Badge,’ the book which details Danielle’s sordid past as a prostitution coke whore.

Kevin tells Zap2it his attorneys will file a lawsuit against Danielle, her book’s alleged ghost writer and its publisher, Simon & Schuster for “lies” found in her book, “The Naked Truth.”

And what exactly are those lies? “The lie that she told about me was that I beat her in a cocaine stupor for days,” Kevin says. “And then when the police showed up, I confessed and then I went to prison.” He adds, “I was never in prison in my adult life. Period.”

Kevin also reveals he is actually working with Steve and that the two had hoped their suits would hit together. “Steve and I were working together,” he reveals. “We wanted to sue her on both coasts at the same time, but my lawyer was too busy and Steve beat us to it.”

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Danielle Staub The Naked Truth

Danielle Staub, star of the Real Housewives of New Jersey released her new memoir this week and in it is a lot of new details about her now infamous past life.

In the memoir titled “The Naked Truth,” Danielle, 47, makes abuse claims against her ex-husband Kevin Maher. “I was severely abused,” said Danielle to UsWeekly of Kevin, whom she married in 1988 and split up with a year and a half later. “He was very possessive…I was hospitalized several times.”

“The abuse started as soon as we were married,” continued Danielle. “He was very possessive…I was hospitalized several times. There is no way to describe how it feels to not have a safe place to go.”

And in case you’re wondering, Kevin is the same guy who wrote the Cop Without a Badge book, which detailed Danielle’s past involvement in kidnapping, drug use and prostitution. Kevin is now denying Danielle’s claims of abuse and even filed a $5 million defamation suit against her last October, with her deposition scheduled for July.

In his court filing, Kevin claims that Danielle has said “that I raped her on a bed of broken glass, inserted a handgun in her vagina and played Russian roulette….[that] I killed her dog…The list just goes on and on…The woman is insane.”

Kevin also claims he passed a lie-detector test on March 22 with “an accredited polygraph examiner” from the LAPD. And as for Danielle’s story about being hospitalized by him? Well Kevin states, “This woman was never hospitalized by me.”  He adds, “if you were to seek treatment after being beaten, which is a felony, that hospital would have to call the local police. There are no hospital records of me putting her in a hospital like she claims.”

Kevin however admits to hitting Danielle once, but claims it was “in self defense, pulling her off me…I never beat her. I did hit her — it’s true. Not something I’m proud to admit.”

As for why Danielle would make false accusations about him, Kevin has his own theory. “She is without conscience,” says Kevin.  “She’s calculating. I believe that Danielle Staub sold her soul to Satan for fame. Her children are suffering from it…her past is going to catch up to her very soon.”

Back to Danielle’s book. Below are some revelations she makes in the book -

1)  Danielle reveals she found out she was adopted at age 5, and was abused as a kid by both a relative and a family friend.

2)  She denies being a prostitute, but admits to being an escort/Miami call girl. She claims she only slept with two of her johns dates.

3) She also reveals in her book that she gave birth to a son named William in the late 80s, but he later died of SIDS at just 11 weeks.

4) Another interesting tidbit is that she met her ex-husband, Tom Staub, while working at a strip club.

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