It seems that the illustrious Joe Giudice can add “slum lord” to his résumé!
A recent investigation by a local ABC news station has discovered that Joe failed to pay the utility bill and properly maintain an apartment building he owns and manages. Joe’s negligence and selfishness left five families–many with children–homeless this week over fire safety concerns, and because the utility company was forced to shut off service due to the severely delinquent account.
“The gas and electricity were shut down,” a resident explained. “Tenants can’t care for their kids and have no heat.”
Joe has an outstanding balance of $52,000 (or about two of Teresa Giudice‘s outfits), and the building was deemed hazardous after evidence of meter tampering was uncovered. Signs labeling the premises “unsafe for human occupancy” were put up after the Fire Marshal determined that a generator installed to get around paying the services, caused a deadly carbon monoxide leak!
The apartment building in question was featured in season two of Real Housewives of New Jersey, when Joe was seen showing Teresa around the premises before it was leased. Teresa famously said she would never live there. Well, apparently, no one should – since the remiss utility bill has also left all the tenants without hot water or heat!
Joe told newscasters, there was nothing he could do. “I don’t own the building,” he said in a voicemail. “I basically manage the building for a company in New York.” Unfortunately, their research uncovered that, while Joe doesn’t own the building directly, a company he owns does! Whoops. In fact, Joe basically admitted ownership when he confessed to installing the generator to help his tenants.
After the news station’s investigation, the power was restored and safety issues rectified, allowing the tenants to move back in. Sadly, it was also discovered that Joe’s failure to pay the alarm company left the building without working fire alarms! Joe was cited for these violations and something tells me he has a lawsuit coming his way very soon! A video of the news report is below!
Teresa and Joe have not commented on the episode, but I’m sure they’ll have something to say soon. Teresa will likely defend Joe. And while I’m not a huge Teresa fan, the more I learn about Joe, the more I am compelled to feel sorry for her. In my opinion, if she wants to remain in the public’s good graces and see her celebrity rise, she may need to ditch that husband of her’s! Especially because she’s working her butt off to pay his bills, and he’s likely going to end up in prison resulting from last year’s identity fraud indictment!
In other news, it looks like Jacqueline Laurita will be back for season five, whether she likes it or not. Our source told Reality Tea directly that Jacqueline signed a six-year contract when she initially joined the show, and despite her no-show at the reunion and her Twitter rampage, Bravo has no intention of firing her…yet!
“Jacqueline doesn’t want to be on the show anymore but, she has a six-year contract,” our source reveals. “The only way to get out of it without being sued is to get fired and they will not fire her.” With all the legal problems the Laurita’s are already facing with their bankruptcy fraud lawsuit and BLK. Water lawsuit, she likely can’t afford another one!
However, Bravo is looking for additional housewives to join the cast, as previously revealed. Reports speculated that they were interested in casting Teresa’s other sister-in-law Sheila Giudice, Joe’s brother’s wife. “When Teresa heard Bravo was interested in them, she quickly wanted to mend the feud between her and Sheila. The last thing she needed was another sister in law on the show bashing her,” our source dishes. Indeed, Teresa has posted a lot of photos on her website featuring her in-laws.
Luckily for Teresa, it seems Bravo has had a change of heart! The insider alleges, “Pete Giudice hasn’t paid taxes in years among other shady business dealings and Bravo didn’t want to take on the risk.” Pete was the one whose identity Joe impersonated, which led to his arrest and indictment late last year. Does failure to uphold the law run in this family or what?!
Finally, our source reveals something we’ve known all along – Melissa Gorga has become a complete famewhore! “Melissa sure let fame get to her head and fast,” the source shares. “Melissa will only do appearances that she is getting paid for.”
“She has been asked to attend several charity events and she doesn’t. But, if she gets paid she will be there! She is very focused on being bigger then Teresa.”
A fan recently asked Melissa about the non-stop appearances she has done (and advertising on Twitter) and Melissa claims she’s just all about the fans! “I love meeting everyone! I’ll do it as long as they keep booking me!,” she tweeted. I, personally, believe the Gorgas are not as financially stable as they pretend to be, and possibly need the money.
Good lord, RHONJ is like the Jerry Springer of Housewives!
TELL US – WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE SITUATION AND JOE’S ACTIONS? WILL TERESA EVER LEAVE JOE? DO YOU THINK JACQUELINE WILL RETURN NEXT SEASON? IS MELISSA A FAMEWHORE OR JUST TAKING ADVANTAGE OF A GOOD OPPORTUNITY?
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This week (like every other week in reality TV news) has been dominated by Real Housewives of New Jersey. You know how they say NYC is the city that never sleeps, I feel like it’s actually Jersey that never sleeps because the drama just keeps on coming faster than you can say “Joewwww!”
In the latest, Reality Tea’s source gives us exclusive behind the scenes details of Joe Giudice‘s Identity Theft case and reveals why Melissa Gorga‘s and Teresa Giudice‘s Christmas cards look so similar!
Earlier this week we reported that Juicy was indicted on wrongful use of identifying information and impersonation charges and could be facing multiple years in prison for his crimes! Reality Tea’s source confirms the Giudice family is “not happy” with the verdict and allegedly Joe has claimed to have stolen the documents used to obtain the driver’s license from his brother Pete Giudice!
“I will say Joe is loyal to his family. Pete is the one who gave Joe the documents,” the source shockingly reveals! “But, since that hasn’t been reported I assume Joe is saying he ‘stole’ them from his brother.” This possibly explains why Pete has not been charged with any crimes related to the incident.
Our source also reveals that Pete’s wife, Sheila Giudice, had no idea how the documents ended up in Joe’s hands! “The truth is, his wife Sheila had NO clue Pete gave Joe the documents. The documents were in their safe and only Pete and Sheila have access to it.”
“Sheila was irate when she learned Pete gave Joe the documents. But, since Joe was giving Pete work at the time and still is, Pete is indebted to Joe.” Pete filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and presumably was having financial troubles as the debts listed on their filing were “consumer debts” or personal debts and as opposed to business related debts.
Our source then goes on to describe the animosity between sister-in-laws at war Teresa and Melissa! Apparently, while Christmas is the birthday of Baby Jesus (and that’s what matters most to Melissa #backwardssignofthecross), and should be a time of peace, love, and giving these two ladies just cannot put their differences aside and focus on the bigger picture! And speaking of pictures… here comes Christmas Card-gate!
According to our source, the annual Gorgadice Christmas card feud has been happening for years as Teresa and Melissa battle it out to have the biggest, the best, and most over the top cards of them all! Our source also touches on some of Melissa’s other alleged copy-cat behavior, “Melissa is now putting recipes on her blog?”
“They both used the SAME photographer for their Christmas cards this year,” our source reveals, explaining why the Antonia is wearing the exact same coat that was seen on Gia in a card a few years back! Copies of the cards are below! Teresa posted on her website that she gets her cards from Portrait Artistry by Linda Marie and found her when she was “driving past her studio” and looking for someone to photograph Gia’s birth announcement.
Melissa recently announced on her personal blog that she has also used Linda for years, “I’ve been going to her since Antonia was born! She also did the beautiful family picture you saw us do on season 3 with Joe [Gorga]‘s family!” Right below that Melissa also offers one of her personal recipes.
According to our source, the ladies keep using Linda Marie for competition! Poor Linda Marie! “They both act like they love her [Linda] so much… meanwhile, neither one of them have used her the past few years. Teresa did use her last year for Christmas pics.” Teresa claims to have always used Linda on her website and included a montage of Christmas cards past for us to enjoy.
Our insider continues, “Melissa was going to Photos By Ginny for the past few years but, since she feared Teresa’s cards would be better then hers she went back to Linda.”
“They always hold out and wait until the last minute to mail their cards. As soon as Teresa sends hers out, a day or 2 later here come Melissa’s. This is the 4th year in a row Melissa has done this. Teresa stopped using Linda when Melissa started using her. Melissa tries to act like she always used her in her blog.”
“Melissa has been trying to keep up with Teresa and copying her more and more,” our insider adds. Well hopefully Melissa doesn’t copy her way into bankruptcy!
Christmas Card-gate is apparently just the tip of the iceberg with these two and even more upsetting, according to our source things are so acrimonious between the Gorgas and the Giudices, they will not be spending the holidays together because Teresa’s parents won’t allow it!
“Teresa’s father refuses to be in the same room as the 2 Joe’s. He is afraid of them fighting and can’t handle it in his health condition.” Ok, that’s when you know you need to stop it, sit down, and work out your differences!
[Photo Credits: WENN.com]
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE INFORMATION REVEALED? DO YOU BELIEVE JOE WAS RIGHT TO ALLEGEDLY CLAIM TO HAVE STOLEN THE DOCUMENTS TO PROTECT HIS BROTHER? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON CHRISTMAS CARD-GATE?
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Merry New Jersmas! In today’s Real Housewives of New Jersey news, Joe Giudice has been indicted! Despite the rumors that Juicy was able to get off the hook for using a fraudulently obtained driver’s license by ratting out a DMV employee, Joe was indicted by a Passaic Country Grand jury this Tuesday!
Earlier this week the Giudices had some good news when they were able to withdraw their bankruptcy petition and avoid bankruptcy fraud charges, but alas with the good often comes the bad.
According to the NorthJersey.com, Joe was charged with one count wrongfully using identifying information of another and one count impersonation when in 2010 he used his brother Pietro (Pete) Giudice‘s information — including his marriage and birth certificates to fraudulently get a license at the Patterson DMV. If you recall, Juicy, the stellar citizen that he is, initially had his license suspended after he was arrested for a DUI in January 2010. That arrest was included in Season 2 of RHONJ.
Juicy was caught after his brother Pete was pulled over in a routine traffic stop last March and according to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, when authorities ran Pete’s license the search returned Pete’s information with Joe’s photo! This caused a red flag for officers, as Joe’s license was and still is suspended, and the Financial Crimes Unit opened an investigation. Joe has a long history of driving related issues — his license has been suspended NINE times over the years.
During their investigation the Motor Vehicle Commission, along with the police, discovered that Juicy had gotten the license fraudulently using his brother’s identification documents. Joe was arrested in March, 2011. A copy of his mugshot is below.
As a result of Joe’s actions he faces up to 10 years in prison for wrongfully using identifying information and a maximum of another 18-months for the impersonation charge. Joe has not been sentenced for his crimes yet, and interestingly it does not appear that his brother faces charges related to Joe’s impersonation. Reality Tea will keep you posted on the updates related to this matter.
As for Teresa Giudice, she has yet to comment on her husband’s indictment, and all of her cast mates seem to be keeping quiet as well. Teresa did what she does best — distracted herself from the bad news by putting on a happy face and releasing her family Christmas Cards. The cards feature her four daughters, Gia, Gabriella, Milania, and Audriana dressed as very cute, yet mischievous elves. You can view the cards below.
In other RHONJ husbands who do wrong news, Jacqueline Laurita is defending her husband Chris Laurita to fans after he was slapped with a lawsuit for stealing the blk. water concept, in addition to misappropriation of the trademark and breach of contract.
It all started with Twitter — which seems to be where most of Jac’s problems begin — when she tweeted: “This months “Hit List” in Beverage World magazine. One of the most innovative products! BLK! …..”
Sadly, Jacqueline made this tweet after it was reported that her husband, along with Albie and Chrsitopher Manzo, were served with the suit. A follower called Jacqueline out, tweeting: “I don’t think I would be bragging about something my husband stole.” Burn! And Jacqueline immediately DM (Direct Messaged) the Tweeter with the following information: “He didn’t steal anything. I guess you’ll soon find that out. Don’t be so ignorant.”
The Twitter user in question, Jeanne Dorsey, turned this information over to AllAboutTRH, who immediately gave readers the scoop. Dang, someone needs to deactivate Jackie’s Twitter account. Chris? Andy Cohen? Caroline? Are you listening out there? Get this woman off Twitter!!
THOUGHTS ON JOE’S INDICTMENT? DO YOU BELIEVE HE WILL SERVE TIME? SHOULD HE? THOUGHTS ON THE CHRISTMAS CARDS: RIDICULOUS, TACKY, OR CUTE? WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE HAPPENED WITH BLK. WATER – STOLEN OR A FRIVOLOUS LAWSUIT?
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While things reached a boiling point during the Posche Fashion Show two weeks ago when Teresa reportedly plotted to expose Melissa Gorga as a past stripper, a RHONJ insider tells us Caroline and Jacqueline had stopped talking to Teresa before that event.
The reason? The two have had it with her after seeing her true colors. “They have seen the real Teresa through this last season with Melissa. Melissa is very close with Jacqueline and Caroline,” reveals the insider.
While Joe Gorga’sscreaming match with Kim D. at the Posche fashion show has been widely reported, our insider adds that Jacqueline and Teresa also got into a big fight that night. In fact the two former BFFs will be seen getting into A LOT of fights on the upcoming 4th season which is still filming at the moment.
Another reason for the tension between Caroline/Jacqueline and Teresa also has to do with Teresa’s many business ventures. Apparently, Teresa has been stepping on Jacqueline and Caroline’s toes by entering into businesses she knew they were planning to do.
“Teresa knew what Jacqueline and Caroline were working on as far as business deals and Teresa went behind their backs and copied what they were doing…. in other words she stole their ideas to make money,” said the insider. Yikes!
Our source adds that Caroline and Jacqueline are absolutely done with Teresa! “Jacqueline and Caroline think Teresa is a liar, vindictive, and so into the fame that she doesn’t care about anything anymore. Teresa will sabotage anyone to remain relevant.”
And while Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakilehave been diplomatic with their recent public comments about Teresa, our NJ insider reveals that she continues to remain friendless as none of her RHONJ cast members attended the party to launch her Fabellini wine on Friday night.
“None of the other women, their husbands, or children were in attendance. Not one cast member was present. She has burned every bridge she had,” says the insider. “Dina Manzo was there for less than an hour. None of Teresa’s “friends” were there. It was all family and the Bravo crew.”
Also in attendance was Teresa’s brother-in-law Pete Giudice and his wife Sheila Giudice. It has been rumored that Bravo is considering bringing Sheila on for season five.
Our insider adds that Sheila, who isn’t a fan of Teresa’s, is desperate to be on the show and has now switched her alliance from Team Melissa to Team Teresa! With the reports of Caroline and Jacqueline leaving the show after season 4, it will be interesting to see if Bravo decides to bring Sheila on.
Moving on to tonight’s finale/the 19th episode this season, below is a preview clip –
Watch What Happens Live – The guests tonight are Melissa Gorga and Jay Mohr! Shoould be a good one!
Photos credit: Dave Kotinsky/Davekotinsky.com
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE REASONS CAROLINE & JACQUELINE ARE NO LONGER TALKING TO TERESA? THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S FINALE?
UPDATE – As seen in the above preview clip, Caroline is not only ticked at what Teresa wrote about her in the cookbook but at also what Teresa wrote about her son Christopher Manzo. Below is what Teresa said about Chris via two excerpts from her cookbook -
“This is a family cookbook! Unlike some of the other “Housewives,” I do not condone young girls stripping to bring in business to a car wash, old ladies in hot pants climbing up on a pole to bring their sexy back, or videotaping yourself in any state of undress at any time. “
“That’s how it is with us Italians… We spoil our kids rotten, so much that they never want to leave home. Albie and Christopher Manzo are adorable, but don’t let them fool you. Their “L” in “GTL” (Gym-Tanning-Laundry) is “Leave it for Mom.” That’s just how it is, and how we moms like it.”
Days after a photo leaked online showing her husband Joe Giudice having dinner with his girlfriend a mystery woman, an article came out stating Teresa Giudice was laughing off the cheating rumors as she believed the woman in the photo was simply a family friend.
Well fast forward to today and an insider exclusively tells Reality Tea that is far from the case. According to the source, Teresa, star of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, is “a mess” and very “upset” over both the photo and the cheating rumors.
The insider reveals this isn’t the first time Teresa has had to deal with Joe’s questionable actions. “Teresa has accused him of infidelity many times over the years,” says the source. “Before she was on RHONJ, she expressed that to her family and friends.”
The insider adds that Teresa is definitely not laughing off the latest cheating rumors. “Joe isn’t so innocent and she knows it. She isn’t home laughing like Rob’s article said. She is a mess.”
As for the state of Teresa and Joe’s marriage, the insider adds that it is definitely not the happy go lucky union they try to portray on the In Touch Weekly magazine covers. “Joe cannot stand Teresa. The way he acts toward her on TV is the real deal,” says the source to Reality Tea. “Over the years Joe has been in some shady situations and his loyalty to Teresa has been questionable. He very frequently went to strip clubs and spent many late nights out with “the guys”. That is why when the show started Teresa was always talking about their sex life.” Ai ya ya.
The source adds that those close to the couple found it odd that Joe missed the Posche fashion show while his brother Pete Giudice attended the show with his wife Sheila Giudice. The photo of Joe with the mystery woman was snapped while the fashion show was going on.
For the time being the insider adds that Teresa is also “panicking” over Jacqueline’s recent tweets. As forJoe Gorga, he is said to be livid with Teresa and currently not speaking to her. Can’t say we blame him as more than one source has confirmed to us that Teresa was indeed in on the plan to try to expose Melissa Gorga as a past stripper. Except Melissa was never even a stripper.
Our insider supplied us with the below photo of Teresa with Pete Giudice and his wife Sheila at the Posche show. It is being rumored that Bravo is considering adding Sheila to the cast. Another fun fact? Sheila CANNOT stand Teresa!
Meanwhile Caroline Manzo is now speaking out on Jacqueline Laurita’s latest twitter rants in which she revealed her plans to quit the show. While a source confirmed to PEOPLE magazine days ago that Jacqueline had indeed quit, Caroline states not so fast.
As she participated in the Real Housewives Bravo tour in Atlantic City yesterday, Caroline shrugged off Jacqueline’s threats. “We have our good days and our bad days,” she explained to Wet Paint. “Every single one of us has felt like [leaving].”
Caroline warns fans of the show not to take Jacqueline’s tweets to heart: “Maybe [Jackie's] in a funk now, and in two hours she’ll be like, ‘Hey, when are we filming next week?’” Interesting comments there by the Caroline. Jacqueline also posted a long message on her twitter page yesterday in an attempt to expose Teresa’s lies. A screenshot of that message is below.
Moving on to tonight’s all new episode of the RHONJ! On the 18th episode this season (the finale airs next week) titled “An Inconvenient Truce,” the wives continue their vacation in Punta Cana, but they discover the open-air market and streets can be hazardous (especially in heels). Back in the Garden State, Ashley considers getting a tattoo, and Caroline’s sons host a product-launch party. Also: Melissa prepares for an important performance. The new episode airs at 10/9c.
Watch What Happens Live - The guest tonight is Caroline Manzo!
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST?
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Despite a report that came out weeks ago stating that Teresa Giudice was done with the Real Housewives of New Jersey because she felt she was treated unfairly by the show, a new TMZ report today is stating that Teresa wants to return to the show, but only if the money is right.
According to TMZ, Teresa is on the verge of getting the axed from the show due to her money demands holding up contract negotiations, and Bravo is reportedly losing patience.
Sources close to Teresa are however firing back, telling TMZ Teresa’s under the impression the other women in the cast are earning significantly more money than she is and she wants to double her salary from last season.
Teresa is reportedly willing to walk away from the show if Bravo doesn’t cough up enough cash. Though Bravo refused to comment on the contract negotiations, they did state that they are looking at possible replacements. TMZ adds that all the other ladies are expected to return, with the exception of Danielle Staub of course, who despite her claims that she left the show on her own accord, was fired by Bravo.
My take on this? This seems like a negotiation ploy by both Bravo and Teresa. As we have previously reported, Teresa’s sophomore cooking book is scheduled to be released at the same time the 3rd season of the show will be returning so despite the leaked information to the press, Teresa needs the show. And with news that Bravo has signed Teresa’s sister-in-lawMelissa Gorga, Bravo needs Teresa back on show as well.
Disclaimer – The next story might or might not be relevant to Teresa Giudice or the Real Housewives of New Jersey. Please proceed to read at your own risk. I kid I kid, well not really
Perhaps it’s a slow news day but RadarOnline is reporting today that Teresa’s brother in law, Pete Giudice, has also filed for bankruptcy.
According to Radar, Joe Giudice’s brother Pete and his wife filed Chapter 7 with the United States Bankruptcy Court in New Jersey on June 29, 2010. The couple listed their monthly income as $7,000 with assets totaling $1.3 million but liabilities of nearly $2 million. Guess this is chump change compared to the $11 million debt of Teresa and Joe.
Pete’s debts are defined as consumer debts with the number of creditors estimated to be between 50-99 with claims ranging from $160 to $46,000. Pete has also filed a notice to abandon his $1.3 million NJ home.
TELL US – DO YOU THINK BRAVO AND TERESA WILL RESOLVE THEIR NEGOTIATIONS DISPUTE? DO YOU WANT TERESA TO RETURN TO THE SHOW?
First, RadarOnline is reporting that Joe Giudice, husband of Teresa Giudice, has been released from jail after serving 8 days of his 10-day sentence for driving with a suspended license.
According to Radar, Joe was wearing a black and white jump suit as he walked out of the jail’s lobby around 6 a.m. this morning. His brother, Pete, and friend, John, were waiting to pick him up. The trio left in a jeep. Joe refused to answer any questions, simply telling reporters “get outta here.”
“Hey everyone..just so you know..as of right now..i will not be returning for season 3.. but my mother will..i hope we can all still chat :),” wrote Ashley. No reason was given for her leaving the show, but judging from the “as of right now” statement, we’ll take a gander and blame it all on contract/negotiation/money issues with Bravo.
The 3rd season of the NJ Housewives has yet to begin filming so perhaps Ashley might still return to the show.
Finally, RadarOnline is also reporting today that there is an additional new NJ housewife on the block. If you recall, they broke the story weeks ago that Teresa’s sister-in-law Melissa Gorga, whom she absolutely does not get along with despite her public denials, had joined the cast.
Well it seems things are about to get worse for Teresa. Sources tell Radar Bravo has asked Katherina Wakile to join the cast, and that Teresa is none too happy about this. Why? Well apparently Katherina is Teresa’s cousin!
“Teresa isn’t happy that her family is being asked to join the cast,” a source told Radar. “She feels as if her entire family is being approached to be a part of the show.”
The source adds that Teresa has yet to sign on for the 3rd season, but judging from the news that her second cookbook will be released in May, 2011, around the same time the 3rd season of the show is set to premiere, something tells us Teresa will be signing that dotted line any day now.