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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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There’s never a dull moment in Real Housewives of New Jersey land! I’m sure most of you heard of the Twittercation involving The View co-host Sherri Shepherd, Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga over the weekend.

It seems that Sherri and her husband were attending a party in New Jersey and who should show up but Melissa, hauling with her a buncha drama. Le sigh. And if you are wondering what kind of people get into an argument at a Christmas party, look no further than the hot-tempered ladies of RHONJ!

Sherri, rightfully annoyed that a peaceful evening was ruined by squabbling twelve-year-olds women, took to Twitter to complain about the nonsense. “Why am I at a party in Jersey with Sal & one of the New Jersey Housewives gets into an altercation w someone! This is surreal & a #hotmess,” Sherri admonished, via Twitter. Sherri initially believed Teresa was the hot mess in question, but Teresa immediately set her straight, Tweeting: “And no I was NOT at the Jersey party w/ @SherriEShepherd yest. I was in NYC w/my kids. She’s got her hot mess NJHousewives mixed up! ;) xx”

After realizing her error Sherri, tweeted her sorries. “Apology to @Teresa_Giudice … thought you were at the party. I swear you got a doppleganger [sic]! Just as well – the drama didn’t involve you!” Teresa sort of does have a doppelganger (assuming she knows what that is): her sister in law Melissa — who as it turns out was the hot mess in question! Oh dear.

It seems Melissa attended the get together with Kathy Wakile and some bickering occurred in the bathroom — wait didn’t this already happen at the Posche Fashion Show? Melissa instantly went on the defense over Sherri’s “hot mess” accusation and replied, “”No honey! Someone tried 2 pull a publicity stunt last night 2try & cause drama, I was upset they did that!” Melissa claims she was jut an innocent bystander victimized by fame seeking harlots. uh huh. Again, haven’t we heard this story before (ahem… Posche Fashion Show)?

Speaking to the Huffington Post, Melissa explains her side of the story and insists it was all nonsense stirred up by a random party guest looking for a spot on RHONJ. “Someone tried to cause a fake fight to get attention because they are trying to be on the new ‘Housewives.’ ”

“Someone pretended that they overheard me and Kathy talking about a girl in the bathroom that is trying to get on the next season,” Melissa recounts. “I knew it was B.S. because we didn’t talk about anyone in the bathroom. So I called them out on it right away.”

“The girl admitted it the next day,” Melissa added. “It was so stupid they were just trying to get attention.” Richie Wakile summed up the incident as, “Fake ass people out there! & you know who you are bitches!”

No word on who the “girl” is, but I’m guessing there is a lot more to this story than meets the eye — particularly with all the rumors swirling about Melissa as of late!

If you’re wondering if Melissa is tired of living “On Display” the answer is of course not! A fan tweeted her asking just that and she replied: “It comes with territory what I don’t like is the lying, everyone has an opinion I can’t get mad at that! Xo” Will the insanity never cease?

In other RHONJ news, Jacqueline Laurita is up to her Twitter antics again and this time she is admitting something we all suspected! Apparently her friendship with Melissa is not exactly what it’s portrayed to be! After giving Melissa a shout-out for producing payroll sheets to prove she was never a dancer, a fan asked Jacs about the nature of her relationship with her ex-bestfriend’s sister-in-law. Jacqueline Tweetplied: “Got friendly w/Mel bc I respect her as Ts fam.I like her.Shes always been nice2me.We dont talk&hangout like bffs.C her here&there”

My interpretation: Jacqueline got angry at Teresa and started buddy-ing up with Melissa to make Teresa angry.

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DO YOU BELIEVE MELISSA’S ACCOUNT OF WHAT HAPPENED OR IS THERE MORE TO THE STORY? WAS SHERRI RIGHT TO CALL THESE DRAMA QUEENS OUT? ARE YOU SURPRISED JACQUELINE AND MELISSA AREN’T REALLY CLOSE FRIENDS?


If you take the time to blink by the time you open your eyes there will be some rehashed new Real Housewives of New Jersey drama. In the latest Melissa Gorga‘s crusade to prove she was not, under any circumstances, in any way possible a stripper, exotic dancer, go-go dancer, adult entertaintress — whatever. Nope not for one hot moment! Girl, give it up already — we don’t care!

If you remember the blog AllAboutTRH interviewed Angelo Vrohidis who was the manager of Lookers where Melissa worked possibly as a bartender (according to her) and possibly as a dancer (according to him). Melissa was so enraged by this accusation she accused him of being a drug addict on Twitter and then threatened to sue any media outlets who claimed she had danced. Even going so far as to have her ex-manager speak out saying she was a bartender and having the owner of Lookers, Chris Kontos, sign a sworn affidavit corroborating those claims. She also promised she would get payroll sheets proving she was merely a bartender.

Well, they’re heeeere! See, in his interview Angelo explained the payroll system claiming strippers were paid as independent contractors and other employees were on the bar’s payroll. “You have to understand, bartenders got paid by checks. Dancers were independent contractors that did not get paid by the establishment,” Angelo described. “Its different now but she worked a long time ago and that’s how it was back then. When Melissa worked, we didn’t pay the dancers and they didn’t pay us.”

And now Melissa AllAboutTRH has produced paystubs that verify she worked 7-hours per week for about one year (literally Jan 2003 – Dec 2003) as a part-time bartender. While, this does verify that Melissa bartended, some of her story doesn’t add up. Melissa claimed she worked at the club as a bartender for a few months and her manager, Larry Guarino, was quoted as saying: “She was a bartender for a couple of months years ago, it was such a short time. She was never ever a dancer.” Angelo also said she worked at the club for less than a year.

The payroll sheet clearly shows she was employed at least a full year. Some commenters wondered if the paystubs could be made up to substantiate Merlissa’s claims. And some fans wondered if Melissa could have been both dancing and bartending? While it really doesn’t matter and it was years ago, the stories still don’t add up for Melissa.

Moving on, things are apparently getting better between Dina Manzo and Caroline Manzo as the two sisters are planning to spend Christmas together! Wetpaint Entertainment spoke to the Manzo spawn: Albie, Chris and Lauren (I’m sure Greggy was lurking around somewhere too) who revealed Dina would be part of the family Christmas festivities. “Christmas Eve is bigger for us than Christmas Day,” Lauren explained. “My mom is one of 11 kids. We have everyone over and we have a five-course meal and tons of presents. The whole great room is filled with presents.

“She’s part of the family. At the end of the day, we’re family and we love each other, no matter what happens on the show,” Lauren added. While they were excited to talk Christmas, the Manzo siblings were less enthused about the upcoming fourth season of RHONJ.

“It’s funny, but Season 4 is going to go a little bit backwards,” Albie revealed. “They showed some of the footage in Season 3 – the part where the cookbook comes out. But Season 4 had already been shooting and starts even before that.”

“The cookbook isn’t what started all the problems, it actually came in the middle of all the trouble,” Albie continued. “So in Season 4, you’ll see all the events that led to it.” And speaking of the climactic Posche Fashion Show, Lauren describes it as a “disaster,” confirming that everyone is mad at Teresa Giudice!

While Dina may still be working on her relationship with her sister, she’s getting along swimmingly with Teresa as the two friends had a girls night out in NYC! Dina posted on Twitter that she had a “no drama” dinner with Teresa and another friend this Friday night and included a picture. A copy of the photo is below.

Teresa talked the dinner on her personal website and explained the third friend, Jackie, was Dina’s Maid of Honor. “She’s actually the one who first introduced me and Dina,” Teresa wrote. I bet Caroline loves that Jackie!

“It’s soooooo nice to be able to hang out with my girlfriends again without cameras around for a change,” Teresa continued. “We’ve promised to do it at least once a month… ” While it’s great that she wants to pursue friendships away from cameras is she going to post about it every month on her website because to me that’s pretty much the same as having cameras there!

Unfortunately for Dina she took a lot of heat on Twitter from some fans that accused her of being disloyal to her sister by continuing a friendship with Teresa. Dina responded, Tweeting: “To a few of u who just won’t give it up, just because I had dinner with a friend doesn’t mean I hate my sister. Get over it, it’s a TV SHOW!” Good point! She also pointed out to fans that Teresa was the one who reached out to her to rekindle their friendship, adding: “It works both ways doll.” Twitter… ruining the lives of C-List celebrities everywhere!

[Photo Credits: WENN.com]

DO MELISSA’S PAYSTUBS PROVE SHE WASN’T A STRIPPER OR IS THERE MORE TO THE STORY? SHOULD DINA CONTINUE HER FRIENDSHIP WITH TERESA DESPITE THE FEUD?

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Oh, Melissa Gorga — relax. The Real Housewives of New Jersey star is furious about all the allegations that she is an ex-stripper! So mad, in fact, she is threatening legal action against anyone who accuses her of dancing in her underwear — except while she’s performing “On Display,” I presume?

Retaliating against Angelo Vrohidis’ interview alleging that Melissa was a stripper at Lookers nightclub in Elizabeth, NJ; Melissa claims she can “prove” she was nothing of the sort by producing payroll sheets which list her as a “bar maid.” TMZ is reporting that Melissa’s lawyer obtained a “sworn affidavit” from club owner Chris Kontos that states Melissa “worked solely in the capacity as a bartender.” A copy of that affidavit is below.

The affidavit denies that Angelo ever managed Melissa, then Melissa Marco (her maiden name), during her part-time employment at Lookers and that her actual manager was named Larry Guarino, who previously stated: “She was a bartender for a couple of months years ago, it was such a short time. She was never ever a dancer.”

Melissa’s lawyer, James Leonard Jr, is warning the media and any would-be claimants that if they continue to besmirch Melissa’s reputation they will be sued! “At this time we are aggressively pursuing the commencement of litigation against any and all individuals, in any jurisdiction, who have or continue to disseminate false statements against Melissa Gorga.”

Apparently her quest for fame and the constant accusations about her past has taken its toll on Melissa’s marriage to Joe Gorga as she recently confessed to HollywoodLife, that it’s been stressful.

“This year, to be honest with you, I feel like there is a lot of stress from the show and being in the public eye,” Melissa revealed, while attending the Reeve Foundation Magical Evening Gala at NYC’s Cipriani Wall Street. ”All I want from my husband is to just… I just want to make sure we keep this bond that him and I have.”

“I don’t want to let anything or any person break it,” she added. “That to me is the most important thing because we had an amazing life before we entered this show. And we still do and I don’t want to let anything break it. I know this business can break you sometimes.” Perhaps she now understands how sister-in-law, Teresa Giudice feels…

Here’s my opinion: Melissa has a right to not want her past exposed, whether she is embarrassed that she worked in a strip club (in any capacity) or not or just doesn’t want people digging into her past, but she went on a national television show to expose her “real life” so she has to expect curiosity from the public beyond just what she wants us to see.

We know Melissa wants the world to view her as the happy and privileged wife of a prominent real estate developer, a loving mother, backstabbing sister-in-law and a hopeful singer — and we do see her that way, but like all of us Melissa has a past. Perhaps it’s a salacious past that she is ashamed of, perhaps not.

But here’s the thing, Melissa has no problem exposing, commenting on and discussing Teresa’s embarrassing moments, negative behaviors, family discord as well as financial issues to the media and the world. So is it really fair of her to demand that no one discuss her own situations? She didn’t mind when everyone was accusing Teresa of all sorts of misdeeds, but now she’s suing anyone who says something about her she doesn’t want to hear and getting into Twitter fights with people who don’t like her song? #JayMohr.

Melissa should let stripper-gate go. Drawing more and more attention to it pretty much guarantees that the media, the networks, the blogosphere are going to keep speculating about it. Melissa has a lot going for her and seems to have a pretty lovely life. She should focus on the positives. We know Melissa reads RT (she Tweeted that she loves it) so a little advice from me: the truth will come out whatever it is, so go practice singing and accept that you’re “On Display!”

THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST? DO YOU BELIEVE MELISSA WAS A STRIPPER OR JUST DESPERATE TO PROVE THAT IT’S ALL A LIE? THOUGHTS ON MELISSA’S COMMENTS ABOUT HER MARRIAGE?


The crazy continues with the ladies of the Real Housewives of New Jersey and even though the cameras aren’t rolling sisters-in-laws Melissa Gorga and Teresa Guidice are at it again!

While Teresa has been busy filming Celebrity Apprentice, Melissa has taken the opportunity to make the media rounds and do some interviews about her music “career”, her family and of course the show — specifically how she gets along with Teresa! Speaking to Fishbowl NY at Michael’s restaurant in NYC, Melissa again talked about the season three reunion and the Posche Fashion Show drama that will air in season four.

“We had just had a huge blow up the night before, and that was what was on everyone’s mind. It was so hard not to say anything. That’s why Jacqueline [Laurita] wasn’t there,” she explained about the season three reunion. “It was very confusing for us, and we were constantly trying not to say things about things that hadn’t aired yet.”

“Bravo is so sorry they shot them back to back,” she expects us to believe. “I don’t think they are ever going to do that again.” As for what happened, Melissa simply states that Teresa “tried to set me up”, claiming she is back to her “old tricks.” All of this is interesting because in several recent interviews featured on Reality Tea, Melissa has claimed the sisters-in-laws are in a better place now, getting along well and working on their relationship. She also said the show has “brought them closer together.”

This sudden change of heart wouldn’t have anything to do with a recent interview given by her ex-boss, Angelo Vrohidis, who claims Melissa was a stripper? In that same interview Angelo says Teresa had nothing to do with Melissa’s past being exposed.

Melissa goes on to add that her husband Joe Gorga, finds Teresa’s behavior “disgusting” but of course Melissa insists she is supportive of her husband’s family coming together. “The children don’t know about any of this stuff and they don’t care. They just want to be together. They really love each other. That’s what I don’t get. Why does she [Teresa] think I’d want to keep my husband away from his family? It makes no sense,” Melissa mused.

While denying that Teresa is “jealous” of her, Melissa is confused about why Teresa is bothered by her success. “I don’t know why it bothers her that I’m doing what I’m doing as a result of the show. It doesn’t take anything away from what she’s done. I think it bothers her that I even exist!”

Melissa conducted another interview with Mommyhood to Hollywood (wait – she’s a Hollywood Mom?) where she calls her relationship with Teresa a “work in progress”and again stresses it’s all about the children. “I know in my heart that I have done everything I can do to help her relationship with her brother and from this point on it’s between the two of them,” Melissa revealed.

The controversy continues for the hopeful pop star as AllAboutTRH blog (the same site that interviewed Melissa’s ex-boss) recently received an email from a person affiliated with Melissa’s publicist. Melissa is represented by “Illumination PR”. In this email, written by Will Love an entertainment reporter, he has some interesting things to say about Melissa! Including that he met Melissa when her publicist, Robyn, gave him an opportunity to meet the infamous “furtive confidante” of Danielle Staub at the 2010 Posche Fashion Show (featured in season 3).

Will goes on to describe Melissa as rude and claims that her inner circle (her sisters, I suppose) refer to her as “Lady Gorga.” Oh lawdy! Will also claims that Melissa, along with her sisters and Robyn, had a vendetta against Teresa! He claims Melissa and Robyn blacklisted Teresa, along with Kim D from a “Fashion & Beauty Week” Charity night and attempted to convince Bravo not to film the annual Posche Fashion Show in lieu of this event.

You can read the email in its entirety at AllAboutTRH and decide for yourself what you think. I’m inclined to believe there is some truth to it, but also some embellishments.

Moving on Teresa has apparently been thriving in her new gig, Celebrity Apprentice and according to her Tweets is getting along famously with Donald Trump Jr, Aubrey O’Day and Lisa Lampanelli! Anyone else disappointed about that — I was hoping for some drama!

Teresa recently appeared on The Wendy Williams Show where they discussed RHONJ, of course, and Teresa revealed she hasn’t spoken to Melissa “in months.” Regardless, Teresa is confident that her family will be okay and after reassuring Wendy that she loves her brother, she added “we’re going to get past all of this.” Teresa said she spent Thanksgiving with her husband, Joe Giudice‘s family.

But Teresa isn’t all that focused on family drama for the moment, because her third cookbook Fabulicious: Fast & Fit is in production and she has been promoting overtime! Teresa recently did a photo shoot for the upcoming book, which she advertises contains “sexier food.” She also released a preview of some of the recipes on her website.

“I thought you’d like to see some of our behind-the-scenes shots. Here are a couple of pictures of me prepping food, and me and my girlfriends. (I’m sooo happy to report my new cookbook is completely Housewife-free! If you can’t take a joke, you’re “fired”!),” she wrote.

And proving that she’s still Teresa underneath it all she Tweeted that the power went out during the shoot, but things got back on track when they found a generator, “Thank you Jesus!…Sign of the Cross backwards…” Ok, that’s funny — admit it!

Photos from Teresa’s shoot are below. Fabulicious: Fast & Fit hits stores in May 2012, apparently you can pre-order it on Amazon RIGHT NOW. Hurry!

THOUGHTS ON THE LATEST? IS MELISSA SINCERE ABOUT WANTING HER FAMILY TO COME TOGETHER OR DOES SHE CRAVE FAME? THOUGHTS ON WILL LOVE’S SCANDALOUS EMAIL? ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT FABULICIOUS: FAST & FIT?

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Melissa Gorga is speaking out about her real life as a working mom. The wannabe pop star and Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member is insisting that despite her busy schedule of non-stop appearances and promotions for her budding singing career and reality stardom she doesn’t have a nanny, housekeeper or cook.

In an interview with HollyBaby, Melissa reveals that she does all the work maintaining her luxury 15,000 square foot home as well as caring for her three young children — by herself! #yeahright. “I have no cooks, no nannies, no housekeepers, none of that,” she insists. “I like doing it myself. If it ever gets to a point where I’m completely overwhelmed, then of course you have to. For now I’m good.” That must be a Gorga thing — because sister-in-law Teresa Giudice claims the same thing!

Melissa shares that it has been an adjustment transitioning from full-time stay at home mom to career gal with outside obligations. “It’s difficult for me because I’m so used to being with them 24 hours a day,” she explains. “Now I have to take myself away sometimes and have a babysitter step in. It’s hard to let go because I want to be there for every single thing.”

“When I’m home, we’re all sitting down together,” she describes of incorporating family time. “We eat dinner together. My husband [Joe Gorga] has a lot of the same values as I do, which works great for us because we teach our children a lot of respect for their parents and to spend time with us. We don’t just plop them in front of a TV and walk away. We want to talk to them. We sit around the dinner table together every single night.”

For those of you who seem to remember Melissa bragging admitting that she had a nanny (or 2) or saw her nanny filming with the family at both Gia Giudice’s gymnastics event and Kathy Wakile’s Christmas Eve party, you are not alone, as many fans questioned Melissa about it on Twitter!

Melissa replied that the so-called nanny was actually a visiting Au pair from Argentina that has since returned home, Tweeting:“FYI, the young girl at xmas was an aupair from Argentina! she was here for 3mths going to school & baby sat when I needed her. Xo”

Melissa added “She went back home in January 10months ago…. xo I do use a new babysitter now when I need her…. my mother & sisters help me a lot! Xo” Does anyone else remember Melissa and her sister Lysa Simpson making fun of Teresa on the show for not having a nanny and relying on her mother for childcare?

Melissa, also responding to a fan that insulted her cooking, gave a shout-out to her SIL on Twitter replying with “go scratch!”

Since no RHONJ interview would be complete without discussing Teresa, Melissa also took some time to talk about the on-going issues she has with sister-in-law. Melissa once again claims she is taking the high road and trying to consider their children. “You try to cover it up as much as you can and for as long as you can,” says Melissa, who apparently believes covering up a family feud means appearing on a reality show where the plot line centers around said feud and discussing it constantly in the media. This seems to be modus operandi of the entire NJ crew!

“There’s no reason why a young child should see their aunts or uncles or any grown adults not being able to get a long. They just want to love their aunts. The want to love their uncles,” she confesses. “So to bring them in is selfish and it’s mean. Just to make them side with you, it’s terrible,” she remarks, perhaps alluding to Gia’s comments that Melissa controls her husband, Joe.

When she’s not dealing with her reality show, family, husband or sister-in-law from hell, Melissa is hard at work on her next single! Hey – she’s keeping AutoTune in business! “My next single is coming out soon. It’s called ‘How Many Times’ and it’s a song dedicated to my husband. I’m really excited for people to hear it.” Le sigh.

Speaking of Joe Gorga, apparently he and cousin-in-law Richie Wakile believe they need a reality show of their own! Real Househusbands of New Jersey + Greggy Bennett, anyone? “From your mouth to Bravo’s ears. Seriously, call Bravo and let them know,” Joe begged WetPaint Entertainment. “We want it to happen,” Richie agreed. “We’d love that.” Yes – but will the fans?

[Photo Credit: SPLASH]

DO YOU BELIEVE MELISSA DOESN’T HAVE ANY HELP WITH HER CHILDREN OR HER HOME? ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT MELISSA’S NEW SINGLE? WOULD YOU WATCH A RHHONJ (REAL HOUSEHUSBANDS OF NEW JERSEY) SHOW STARRING JOE AND RICH? I SURE WOULDN’T!

Real Housewives of New Jersey is the gift that keeps on giving! Following last week’s excoriating Bravo blog, Teresa Giudice is claiming the network edited out a portion of her sentiments and she has released the “pieces” that were cut. The reality star posted the complete, unedited version on her personal webpage for your shock and amusement. Oh, lawdy!

In installment two of Teresa vs. the other Housewives — Teresa continues to call out her cast mates and family members that happen to be cast mates! She definitely wants the public (and Bravo!) to know she is not taking a beating lying down. So, when is Celebrity Deathmatch Jersey Style happening? Oh wait… I think it’s already begun!

Teresa starts things off by insisting she is innocent of having a relationship with the tabloids! “I can’t believe Jacqueline Laurita thinks I put out a magazine story that says bad things about ME on the cover. How does that even make sense? I’m not even going to try and follow her logic anymore.”

She also echos what most of us believe — that Caroline Manzo is a little silly arguing her adult children (who signed releases and received payment from Bravo) did not sign up to be a part of the show. “I can’t believe Caroline told the media her ‘children didn’t sign up for this.’ They are grown adults and they actually did literally sign up for it. They have contracts and got paid. What do you call that? And Caroline keeps telling Jacqueline to let Ashley [Holmes] grow up?…” Oooohhhh… sometimes the truth hurts, Mama Manzo!

Accusing Caroline and Jacqueline of being the ones who hold grudges, Teresa brings up She Who Should Not Be Named, New Jersey version: Danielle Staub (her new Twitter frienemy and the reason all this nonsense originally began!) “I know Caroline and Jacqueline obsess about things and people and revenge (What sane person would stalk Danielle’s ex-husband? What sane person would be friends with Kim G? That’s just ugly.).” Teresa better watch out as she appears to be the next target they have selected to “obsess” over!

Also, hinting that Jacqueline might just be having that rumored breakdown we’ve been hearing about, she states: “I just hope she gets well… “ Well, I just hope Chris Laurita deletes her Twitter! How does girl have time to associate with Kim G when she spends day and night Tweeting the masses?!

Then, Teresa actually makes a fair point (don’t hurt me for saying it!) about how reality TV and family may not mix. “Caroline and Jacqueline and Dina [Manzo] signed up for the show TOGETHER AS A FAMILY. It was the first time a family joined any Real Housewives show which I think is what made it so interesting from the beginning. I was just the friend on the sidelines with my juicy husband any my fab-u-lous girls,” she explains.

“I thought it was very brave to go on a show with your family, and I wouldn’t have done it. Watching what being on TV together did to the Manzo and Laurita family is EXACTLY WHY I didn’t want my family on the show with me. Seeing all the hurt they went through, I would be crazy to want the same thing for my family.” Except the one thing I will say in the Manzo and Laurita famblees’ favors is that they kept their family drama off the air which, as we know, is the opposite of the Gorgadiceakiles!

Teresa point blank accuses Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile of coming on the show to “hurt” her! “They didn’t come on like the Manzos first did, just to show the world how a real family looks,” she argues. “They came on to hurt me, insulting me and my husband and my kids from the very first episode through the last (is there a single episode they didn’t say something nasty about me? My own family?).” They insulted her kids?

“I would hope Melissa and Kathy wouldn’t have sold their own sisters down the river for a shot at 15 minutes of fame, but I’m not their sister, and I think they don’t think they care about the hurt it causes me and my parents because we’re not their immediate family.”

Explaining she was “worried” about her family experiencing the negative sides of fame, Teresa reveals she attempted to warn them about the tabloids and becoming victims of “made up stories.”

“I told them stuff they didn’t want to talk about would come up, that people from their past would try and take them down, that journalists would dig through their lives… Melissa told me she didn’t care. Then Melissa brings it up at the reunion as if I was trying to scare her off the show? It’s just twisted. Sad and twisted.”

Teresa goes on to call out her cast mates for having “skeletons” in their closets. “I don’t lay in bed at night worrying that my porn past or previous arrests or unstable history is going to come out because I don’t have any of those things,” she wrote. No names on who has a porn past or an arrest history!

And she insists whatever her family members might reveal about her didn’t matter! “I wasn’t worried that they would come on and expose me because there’s nothing to expose.” Ok, Teresa may not have what she considers skeletons – but isn’t her husband Jr Mafia Joe Giudice possibly facing jail time for multiple offenses, including a DUI? And then there’s that never-ending bankruptcy… And the cheating allegations

Teresa also points out some of the unsavory behaviors of her co-stars (I think she ignored some of her own déclassé behaviors)! “I didn’t expose my daughter’s problems to the world, judging her for a difficult time in her life in front of all of America. That was Jacqueline. I didn’t make fun of my niece/cousin and criticize her all the time and tell the world I thought my daughter was fat and ugly. That was Caroline and her kids. I don’t have a pre-teen son on Twitter using curse words and insulting my own family. That’s Kathy. Bravo, ladies! Class acts, all of you!” She forgot to mention: ‘I didn’t have sex with my husband in a public bathroom on national TV. That was Melissa.’ Really though, class and RHONJ do not mix! Isn’t that why we watch?!

Reality TV doesn’t define me,” Teresa concludes, neither do “big fat bullies who puff hot air because no one will listen to them don’t phase me, rumors don’t keep me up at night. I have my family, we all have our health, we live a very normal, happy life of Sunday school and dance lessons and birthdays and trips to Costco. I am moving on and up to amazing new things.” Keep us posted, T!

And in other RHONJ news Teresa nemesis #1 (or 2 or 3…) Caroline, along with hubby Albert Manzo (sure has been doing a lot of appearances to save face with his wife lately), were spotted at Michael’s restaurant in NYC meeting with editors from People Magazine and Bravo’s SVP of Communication Jennifer Geisser. Which only means one thing – the New Jersey drama isn’t ending anytime soon!

I predict a sob-story interview about her feud with Dina and finally breaking her silence about the brawl in Punta Cana involving the Manzo boys, which likely demoted Teresa from “like family” to “acquaintance” status! I wonder if she’ll also mention Teresa’s – Oops! I mean Jacqueline’s – latest financial woes?! Who would have expected NJ Bankruptcy 2.0!

Here’s my two cents: Either Teresa knows big controversy brings big ratings (which means big dollars and endorsements for her) or she is just furious, fighting, spitting mad. Either way, Teresa garners a lot of attention and keeps things interesting – whether you like her or not! Admit it, she makes a few fair points in her blog, although she certainly fights dirty!

Don’t worry – whatever happens us minions at Reality Tea will continue to work round the clock slaving to bring you the latest gossip. ;-)

THOUGHTS ON TERESA’S UNEDITED BLOG? DO HER ACCUSATIONS HAVE ANY MERIT? WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON? DO YOU THINK THERE IS ANY HOPE FOR THE GORGA, WAKILE, AND GIUDICE FAMILIES TO REBUILD THEIR RELATIONSHIPS?

Chris Laurita
It seems Teresa Giudice isn’t the only Real Housewife of New Jersey star facing major financial troubles! A new report states that Twitterholic, Jacqueline Laurita and her husband Chris Laurita were recently named in an $8M lawsuit for “improperly using funds and assets” from their company Signature Apparel.

RadarOnline is reporting that Chris and his brother Joseph formed Signature Apparel Group (a company that once owned brands such as Rocawear and Eve’s Fetish) in 2005 and “drained the company” amassing a debt of $7,804,227 which was used to “support their luxurious lifestyle”!

According to documents the company banked more than $250 million between 2005 and 2009, but then surprisingly declared bankruptcy in September 2009, and just like their friend Teresa, someone started complaining that the bankruptcy petition might just be fraudulent. The suspicious bankruptcy filing prompted the debtor “to come forward with the complaint”, claiming company monies were “misused,” RadarOnline reveals.

Chris and Joseph “drained the Company of all its funds and assets in order to support their families’ increasingly opulent lifestyle of private jets, limousines, extravagant parties, premium automobiles, designer clothing, ostentatious home furnishings and lavish vacations,” the complaint filed November 2, 2010 alleges. “Signature’s assets were misused to make outright and unjustified payments to Laurita family members, and to fund the operations of the Laurita brothers’ other companies and business ventures.”

So what exactly did the Lauritas spend all that money on? Well, according to the documents, here’s the breakdown:

  • Nearly $2 million in credit card payments for the Laurity Family, including payments to more than 40 bank accounts
  • At least $331,637 for payments on no less than eleven leased cars, including a Bentley and a Maserati
  • At least $284,793 in airline travel expenses for the Laurita Family
  • At least $145,894 for private airplane rentals for the Laurita Family
  • At least $7,280 for travel agent expenses for the Laurita Family
  • At least $755,184 to defendant Christopher Laurita for undocumented or insufficiently documented reasons
  • At least $784,160 of disbursements directed by the Laurita Director Defendants (Chris and Joseph) to unknown recipients, without any documentation whatsoever

Even worse, the complaint alleges that Jacqueline had knowledge that shady business dealings were taking place and willing participated in wrongfully accepting money from the company, which is why she is named as part of the suit! The documents claim Jacqueline, along with Anthony Laurita, “knew of the Laurita Director Defendant’s wrongful conduct, and each substantially assisted the Laurita Director Defendants in breaching their fiduciary duties by, among other conduct, accepting funds they each knew belonged to Signature and for which they each knew they had performed no services and/or provided no value.”

“Funds that should have been used to grow Signature’s business and to pay Signature’s vendors and creditors, instead were diverted to the Laurita Family Defendants.” Oops – that’s not good.

Chris has denied “nearly all of the 155 allegations made in the claim” and believes it should be summarily dismissed, citing: “a failure to state facts sufficient to constitute a cause of action and a failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.” The case is still pending so Reality Tea keep you posted with all the updates! Jacqueline has yet to comment, but if Bravo had wind of this matter it may have been another reason she skipped the RHONJ Season 3 Reunion!

In my limited knowledge of bankruptcy law, this is what I understand to have happened: it seems that instead of paying creditors to keep the business lucrative the Lauritas allegedly pocketed the proceeds and spent the money for personal use, then filed bankruptcy to avoid paying their bills. Now they are being accused of fraudulently filing bankruptcy. Any legal or financial experts out there please chime in!

In other news, when it flurries it becomes a Norwegian! Just a few days ago it was reported that Jacqueline was indeed a stripper before marrying Chris and Jacqueline is still adamantly denying it! You know the old expression “the lady doth protest too much…”

Jacqueline took to her personal website to clear up any lingering suspicions about how she met Chris and is sticking to the story that they met while she was a convention model. She also posted yet another Tweet denying she was a stripper and accusing someone (ahem…Teresa) of leaking false stories: “Im being 100% honest w/everyone w/my story of how Chris&I met in Chicago. I WAS NOT A STRIPPER/PROSTITUTE as said by shady people 4 money”

I, for one, can’t wait to hear what sister in law from hell, Caroline Manzo has to say about the latest!

[Photo credit: Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos]

THOUGHTS ON THE LAURITA’S FINANCIAL SITUATION? DO YOU BELIEVE THEY ARE INNOCENT OF ANY WRONG DOING? ARE YOU SURPRISED BY WHAT THE ARTICLE IS ALLEGING? DOES THE RECENT INFORMATION CHANGE YOUR OPINION OF JACQUELINE?

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