2014 was a year for law breaking, court cases, tax issues, and bankruptcies from our favorite reality TV stars.
Below, we’ll update you on who owes what, whose divorce is a mess, who is suing, who is being sued, and who’s going to prison! In addition to adding several new cases to the rosters of law-dabbling reality stars, some stars continued to battle existing cases – such as Jacqueline Laurita‘s and Sonja Morgan‘s bankruptcies.
Meanwhile other stars finally resolved long-standing issues. Undoubtedly the biggest legal drama of the year was Teresa Giudice finally facing a judge and being sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to 4 counts of fraud, which all began way back in 2009 when the Real Housewives Of New Jersey star filed for bankruptcy for an incredible $13 million dollars of debt!
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Teresa’s husband Joe Giudice will serve 41 months in prison after pleading guilty to 5 counts. His sentence will begin once Teresa is released. Teresa is due to begin serving her sentence on January 5, 2015.
Below are the other legal dramas from 2014. Just a warning: this is a long list, cause you know – lotta people gettin’ sued out there in reality TV land!
Hopefully some of these cases will be resolved in 2015. But if not, that just means the drama escalates, and hey – who can complain about that?!
Sheree Whitfield Owes The IRS Again!
Perpetually legally challenged Sheree was hit with another tax lien this year. In the latest debacle, she owes the IRS over $100,000 in back taxes after the feds say she failed to properly report her income in 2013. Oops.
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Jionni LaValle Gets A DUI!
Just two days after marrying Snooki, Jionni pled guilty to a DUI!
Jionni was pulled over in August for erratic driving at 3:30 am and arrested after a field sobriety test.
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Sonja Morgan Sued By Ex Over Bankruptcy
Sonja has been battling her $8 million dollar bankruptcy for some time. This year she finally liquidated two homes to help satisfy outstanding creditor debts, when she was slapped with a lawsuit by her ex-husband who now says she owes him $6.2 million related to those home sales.
Sonja is fighting back and the two will meet again in court next month!
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Kim Richards Dog Attacks; She's Sued!
Kim is up to her bleach-blonde roots in drama where her dog (or shall I say former dog) Kingsley (or shall I say dog formally called Kingsley) is concerned.
Kingsley is accused of biting 5 people - including Kyle's daughter, which resulted in to 2 surgeries. Kim finally rehomed the dog to a rescue group, but now a family friend is suing Kim allegeing that Kingsley bit her too!
Kim has denied it, but Kingsley's former trainer has come forward - and plans to take Kim to court! - claiming not only did she fail to pay him, but Bravo employees working in Kim's home for RHOBH feared for their lives over Kingsley.
...Kim didn't notice she used to play tennis at Charlton Heston's house with his pet lions, you guys!
Thomas Ravenel Accused Of Assault
Dramatic (and drunken) Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel was accused of falling in the pool with his infant daughter and then assaulting the babysitter who filmed the whole intoxicated episode on her iPhone. After all that he tried to bribe his now former girlfriend Kathryn Dennis to keep the whole thing quiet!
Did I mention this guy ran for office? Thankfully, he lost!
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Stevie J's $1 Million Dollar Child Support Problems!
Stevie J is certainly no prize, but his stock fell even further this year when it emerged he was delinquent over $1 million dollars in back-child support! Stevie J was arrested and Mona Scott Young was accused of paying his $25,000 bail - and lying previously about his income so he could avoid the sky-high support payments.
The Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star reportedly skipped out on payments for over a decade before finally landing in court with the federal government. But never fail: reports state he's close to hammering out a plea deal to get his payments on track.
Oh, Stevie also failed a few (or 10!) drug tests this year and tested positive for marijuana and cocaine. He's reportedly next
getting Mona to write a check headed to Promises for rehab.
Tamra Barney Settles Custody Case!
The two met in court (and in the tabloids) several times before a judge decided Tamra was a good mom and denied Simon's request for full custody and child support. Oh, the judge also called Simon out on misleading the court for having a counselor claim Tamra's daughter was mistreated. Lame, Simon, LAME!
The couple is still dealing with custody issues with Tamra's eldest daughter Sydney.
Vince Herbert Slapped With A Tax Lien!
While Vince was off filming Tamar & Vince he failed to tell the IRS he was earning money - as a result he was slapped with a $3 million (Yes, THREE MILLION) dollar tax lien by the IRS.
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Melissa & Joe Gorga's Montville Mansion Drama
Melissa and Joe claimed to have sold their Montville mansion for $3.8 million. There was never a record of the sale, because it was actually a lease to own arrangement, made with a man named Kai Patterson.
And then there were water leaks, and unpaid rent, and unpaid deposits, and never-ending evictions, and court proceedings, and plumbing problems galore, and beavers, and Melissa moving back home from her crappy rental - oh my!
SO yeah, never sold the house; not building a new one! Although the drama with the land the Gorgas allegedly bought to develop said new house is a whole 'nother drama altogether...
We'll save that one for rainy day in 2015!
Kanye West Sued For Assaulting A Paparazzi
Ragefull little rapper Kanye assaulted a paparazzi last year and received probation in the matter. He was ordered to do community service at a fashion school. More like community DIS-service.
However, it didn't end there - the pap, Daniel Ramos, then sued Kanye and is fighting to take the case to trial!
Vicki Gunvalson's Vodka Lawsuit Gets Crazier
In one helluva a crazy lawsuit Vicki has been battling her former business partner Robert Williamson for years over the now defunct brand "Vicki's Vodka."
In the latest Vicki says Robert threatened her into signing business papers backstage before a WWHL taping by insisting he'd falsely tell the press she defrauded him. He did that anyway, let the records show!
Of course, all this came about when Robert also presented Vicki will information about Brooks Ayers' cheating on her, possibly impregnating another woman, and attempting to hire a hitman to off him!
Oh Lord Vicki... really?! There's not enough vodka in the world for me to want to date Brooks! To Be Continued in 2015...
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Usher & Tameka Search For A Stolen Sex Tape!
Way back when Usher was married to Atlanta Exes star Tameka Raymond, the two reportedly made a sex tape which was the unfortunately landed in the wrong hands when Usher's car was robbed and the laptop storing the footage was stolen according to police reports.
Usher and his attorney have been trying to track down the tape, which can't be marketed and legally sold without Usher and Tameka's consent.
Tameka denies its existence, but recently a photo of what is purportedly Usher's ahem... member has surfaced spurning speculation that the tape is very real and being leaked via pirate blogs. Doh!
Leah Calvert & Corey Simms Custody Issues
Earlier this year Leah accused her ex-husband Corey of not paying child support for their twin daughters.
Corey fought back by contesting Leah's competence as a mother - especially after it emerged that she may be battling a drug addiction and spending support money on pills!
Joanna Krupa's Home In Foreclosure!
Joanna's Encino, CA home fell into foreclosure this year. The former Real Housewives Of Miami star owes $725,000 on the home which was reportedly slated to be an investment property.
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Laura Govan Sued Over Boxing Match
While no one really knows what is going on with Basketball Wives: LA (is that still a show), we do know that Laura was sued this year!
The suit alleges that a bar Laura owns called Kimball's Carnival made money from an illegally broadcast boxing match.
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Yolanda Foster's Daughter Bella Gets A DUI!
While Yolanda was off vacationing, her then 17-year-old daughter Bella was off driving drunk! Bella was arrested for a DUI at 4am when she almost drove into a police car. Errrrmmm...
Although Yolanda claims Bella only had ONE glass of wine, the official report states she blew a .14 – or twice the California legal limit!
Yolanda took away Bella's car.
Abby Lee Miller Settles Bankruptcy!
Way back before Dance Moms was a hit, Abby Lee filed bankruptcy citing more than $400k in debts.
With the success of her Lifetime show, Abby was able to discharge her bankruptcy and repay her debts the old-fashioned way. Finally, a reality TV financial success story. Of sorts.
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Phaedra Parks Vs. Angela Stanton Continues!
Way back when Phaedra sued Angela Stanton, a woman who wrote a book called Lies Of A Real Housewife, which claimed Phaedra was the mastermind behind an auto-theft ring which landed both Apollo and Angela in prison. Of course, the Feds never connected Phaedra to any such activity.
Vibe Magazine initially supported the story, and was sued by Phaedra. They settled out of court, but Phaedra's suit against Angela continues.
Angela continues to bring more "evidence," and "witnesses" (lots of bogus testimony in this case) forward in an attempt to coerce a trial, meanwhile Phaedra has been attempting to get it dropped.
A judge ordered Phaedra sit for a second deposition based on new evidence Angela claims to have, and in that deposition Angela's attorney is trying to get Phaedra to talk about what she knew about Apollo's current crimes hoping to show a tie to what Phaedra could have known about the first time Apollo went down.
Apollo has stated repeatedly that Phaedra was never involved in any of his criminal activity and had no idea what he was doing. Apparently the Feds who never even listed her on any indictments as possible suspects agreed. To Be Continued...
Phaedra's second deposition, if it ever happens, will be sealed unfortunately for us!
Alicia DiMichele Garofalo Lands Probation
The former Mob Wives star was facing up to 6 months in prison for an embezzlement scandal, but instead a judge sentenced her to 4-years of probation.
Alicia's husband, on the other hand, is serving a 7 year sentence connected to murder.
Bethenny Frankel & Jason Hoppy Settle Custody Dispute
Bethenny and Jason's divorce has been going on almost longer than they were married.
Bethenny filed for divorce then sought primary custody of their daughter Bryn. Jason fought her and fought hard; refusing to backdown. Bethenny took the stand and accused Jason of being cruel and vengeful, but reason prevailed and finally they settled out of court with joint custody. And an agreement that Bryn would not appear on reality TV or other promotional endeavors with Bethenny.
Meanwhile Bethenny and Jason have yet to finalize their divorce!
Aviva Drescher Sued, And Sued Again!
Aviva was fired, and sued twice this year - so I'd say 2014 was pretty eventful.
First Aviva was sued for $620,500 over refusing to return artworks she borrowed from the artist, thus interfering with sales of the work.
Then Aviva's former manager sued her for non-payment of commission over secured deals.
And according to Carole Radziwill, Aviva's hubby Reid is involved in some illegal financial activities, so this may not be the last times the Dreschers are in court!
Lisa Vanderpump & Ken Todd Sued - Twice!
Lisa and Ken's restaurant Villa Blanca was involved in a lawsuit from a former employee who claimed she was sexually harassed by a manager and then fired without pay by Ken, who deleted security camera evidence supposedly verifying her claims.
The jury found the restaurant not guilty for lack of evidence, but awarded the former employee $100,000 in punitive damages and remanded that Lisa and Ken pay her legal bills.
The Vanderpump-Todds are appealing.
Then Villa Blanca was sued again! This time by a former pastry chef who claims she too was sexually harassed - by a different supervisor. The second suit, filed just weeks after the first was settled, says basically the same thing: she was sexually harassed by a supervisor, upper management and owners did nothing, so she wants money for her troubles. This case has yet to be resolved.
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Porsha Williams Arrested For Assault
Porsha's glamour mugshot is the result of assaulting Kenya at the RHOA reunion.
The Fulton County, GA pressed misdemeanor charges against Porsha after Kenya called the cops. It's still unresolved but Porsha wants the DA to also charge Kenya for her role in provoking the fight!
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Brandi Glanville Fights Eddie Cibrian For Over-Paid Child Support
Brandi finally started making some money thanks to two bestsellers and a stint on RHOBH, which is when her ex-husband Eddie swooped in and demanded she make right on the $100,000 he over-paid her in child support.
Eddie suggested Brandi relinquish a portion of her pension, or cut him a check - which ever - she took him to court where she says a judge sided with her and agreed she could keep her money.
We're not exactly sure however, because it seems the records have been sealed!
Brandi also hired a lawyer to protect her in case Eddie and LeAnn slandered her on their reality show!
Danielle Staub Rids Herself Of Huge Debt In Bankruptcy
Danielle's bankruptcy has been on-going for years, but the former RHONJ star finally managed to wipe away over $200,000 in outstanding debt - a large portion of it from shopping!
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Jacqueline & Chris Laurita Continue To Battle Bankruptcy Fraud
In one of the most confusing legal cases of the year, Jacqueline and Chris are currently dealing with a bankruptcy fraud of their own related to their prior company Signature Apparel.
Despite reports that the Lauritas settled their bankruptcy for $1 million, the case is still very much on-going. In the latest the trustee is seeking additional information from the Lauritas who attempted to expunge over $8 million dollars in misappropriated company funds which they funneled into their own personal use! Needless to say, it's not looking good for the Lauritas!
Hey - maybe Jac and Tre can take their RHONJ act to the Big House and be cell mates?! Bravo, get on this.
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Abby Lee Sued By Former Dance Moms Stars!
Abby Lee's unorthodox teaching methods have been questioned by viewers and parents, but now they're being investigated by a court of law!
Former Dance Mom stars Kelly Hyland and her daughters Brooke and Paige filed a suit against Abby and producers citing emotional distress, contract violation, and defamation. They are seeking $ 5 million dollars. The case is still in court.
The Situation Is Arrested & Charged With Tax Fraud!
The Situation has found himself in quite a situation!
The former Jersey Shore star was arrested for brawling with his brother outside his tanning salon, reported to the cops by employees for non-payment, and Sitch has to deal with the little matter of owing the IRS more than $1 million in back-taxes and being indicted for tax fraud. Oh - he also hasn't paid his attorney.
Luckily Marriage Bootcamp could help save his bacon!
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Kenya Moore Robbed At RHOA Reunion
The Real Housewives Of Atlanta reunion was a day for illegal activities. I'm not sure how it could have happened with all the cops milling around for other reasons, but Kenya claims her dressing room was robbed during filming.
What did the thieves take? Kenya's laptop! Will a "stolen" sex tape be leaked soon...
Lenny Hochstein Sued By Former Employees
Dr. Lenny Hochstein, the Boob God of Miami, was sued by two former employees who allege the doctor is cutting costs by injecting clients with free samples of products like botox! Sounds like budgeting to me, but maybe not? Lenny denies the claims.
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Maci Bookout Owes The IRS $80,000
It's a good thing Teen Mom Original Crispy is returning to MTV, because some of these ladies aren't making Farrah Abraham money!
Maci, the so-called "successful one" is in trouble with the IRS for a whopping $80,000 of undeclared reality TV earnings from 2011 and recently had a lien placed against her assets.
Sources say Maci, unemployed other than MTV, is seriously in denial about her debts.
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Melissa Gorga's Bentley The Subject Of A Scam?
Melissa was driving a Bentley on this season of RHONJ and visiting the dealership for pricey repairs.
Unfortunately Melissa may be driving someone else's car, leased (or loaned) to her illegally, because the dealership in question has been shut down, and the owner charged with fraud for operating a scam where he sells other people's high-dollar cars and never pays them the money.
Hey, maybe Melis can borrow one of Tre's cars - she won't need them for the next 15 months or so!
Peter Thomas Deals With Tax Liens & Bankruptcy
It has been a year of legal and financial woes - aren't they all - for Peter!
First Peter, via Bar One, filed for bankruptcy for over $322,000 in debt - even listing his wife Cynthia as a creditor. The trustee contested it and the judge denied the filing, which means Bar One still retains those debts (plus interest!).
Then the IRS came for Peter too! Bar One was issued a $43,000 tax lien by the feds. The RHOA star is in the process of moving the bar, which is supposed to re-open next month. We'll see...
A Slew Of Kardashian Robberies!
It seems everyone was desperate to get their hands on the Kardashians' stuff: Kris was robbed in Vienna, Kourtney and Khloe claim their homes were robbed of jewelry and cash, and even worse Kourtney and Scott insist someone stole personal belongs from their bedroom (a second Kardashian sex tape koming soon?!).
I want to feel badly for them, but yeah I feel like it's all a buncha publicity stunts!
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Ramona Singer Files For Divorce
After kicking Mario out Ramona called the cops believing Mario's mistress was stalking her.
Ramona's divorce demands include their NYC apartment, custody of the Hamptons house, and I'm sure her priceless collection of pinot.
My Five Wives Bankruptcy Finalized
Brady Williams, the polygamous hubby from My Five Wives, wiped away $318,000 thousand in debts from credit cards, business failures, and other outstanding balances when his bankruptcy was finalized. And now on to baby no. 25!
Nathan Griffith Serves Jail Time!
Jenelle Evans' baby-daddy and controlling rage-a-holic boyfriend Nathan spent a few days in the slammer this year related to a DUI - his third - and resisting arrest.
While that little matter was settled, Nathan's court case for the DUI - being that it's his third it can be considered a felony (with a minimum of 1 year in prison) - is still outstanding as Nathan is demanding he get a trial to prove he was wrongfully charged. This I would love to see!
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Apollo Nida Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison!
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