After two seasons on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Denise Richards announced her exit from the show. And who could blame her for saying goodbye? Yes, she was the highest-paid Real Housewife in history. She became more relevant than ever before, but to Denise, nothing was worth all of the drama she endured.
Did she hook up with Brandi Glanville? That’s what her former co-stars wanted her to admit all season long, blatantly disregarding the fact that they outted a married woman. They pushed Denise to expose her private life at every event even though all of them kept major things to themselves (lawsuits on lawsuits on lawsuits). What did we ever see from any of them other than promoting their various projects and wearing some hideous caftans?
Let me tell you something about my family – they loved The Sopranos. I never watched it because it scared me. Reading these stories about former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina Manzo and her first husband Tommy Manzo, brings up the same bad feelings. In case you missed it, Dina’s ex-husband Tommy (the brother of Albert Manzo – who is also the husband of Dina’s sister, Caroline Manzo) hired a hitman to attack her current husband, David Cantin. I guess the Manzo family is not as “thick as thieves” as stated years ago at the Season One reunion of RHONJ. Caroline has even spoken out about this matter, supporting no one in her family, by saying, “I want to know the truth and my allegiance will lie with the truth.”
Back in May 2017, Dina and David were the victims of a violent robbery that left them so shaken they moved across the country to the West Coast. A man named James Mainello was arrested in connection to this attack. Before this terrifying attack, in 2015, Tommy apparently hired a hitman to commit a violent assault against David in exchange for a reduced price on a wedding reception. I know the economy has been bad, but desperate times do not call for abusing people. Finally, some justice is being served, and it looks like Caroline will have to show some allegiance to Dina.
Real Housewives of New Jersey alum Dina Manzo has been through some serious sh**. Just to catch you up, back in 2017, Dina and then-boyfriend, David Cantin, were victims of a home invasion. Not just home invasion but they were also beaten during the traumatic event. While the couple ended up being ok, it was reported that masked thieves made off with jewelry and cash. Dina went on to have a happy ever after by marrying David. But that wasn’t the end of the story.
A little over a week ago, we reported that Dina’s ex-husband, Tommy Manzo, was the man behind the 2017 attack. He has been charged with hiring a hitman to attack David, to which he has pleaded not guilty. The indictment on Tommy alleges that he recruited a member of a well-known crime family to carry out the attack. In exchange, the hitman would receive a big discount at the catering hall co-owned by Tommy. The catering hall? The Brownstone, which was regularly featured on RHONJ. And guess who else owns it? Tommy’s brother, Albert Manzo. Also known as Mr. Caroline Manzo.
First and foremost, it’s a relief to know that Dina Manzo and her husband David Cantin are safe and sound right now. This week, the story broke that Dina’s ex-husband Tommy Manzo reportedly hired a hitman, John Perna, from the Lucchese crime family, to attack David.
Allegedly, he didn’t even pay the guy. Instead, he reportedly gave him a heavily discounted wedding reception at the Brownstone, the catering hall that Tommy runs with his brother Albert Manzo, Caroline Manzo’s husband. For anyone who’s a little confused seeing the last name “Manzo” so many times in two paragraphs, here’s a little reminder on the back story: Dina and Caroline are sisters who got married to brothers.
It’s like a story straight out of The Sopranos. On Tuesday (June 30), Tommy Manzo — ex-husband of former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina Manzo — had been arrested for allegedly masterminding a hit job on her new husband David Cantin back in 2015.
One day after the federal indictment against Tommy became public, Caroline Manzo is breaking her silence on the sordid drama surrounding her sister and brother-in-law.
Dina Manzo was an integral part of making the early seasons of Real Housewives of New Jersey all about family. Along with family members Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita, Dina talked incessantly about the importance of family. Dina and Caroline are not only sisters, but they married brothers as well. The three ladies’ family ties became the essence of the show. That’s why it was so surprising when Dina chose to walk away from the show after Season 2. She also divorced her husband, Tommy Manzo. Soon after, Dina seemingly cut ties with the entire Manzo family.
Still, she seemed to be moving on peacefully until the shocking attack on Dina and her now-husband David Cantin in 2017. It was a horrifying crime that came out of nowhere. They were tied up and beaten. The official story was that it was a random violent robbery. It always seemed like a particularly vicious attack for a simple robbery. Now it seems that the truth behind the attack may be even uglier than it first appeared.
It was only inevitable that Dolores Catania joined Real Housewives of New Jersey at some point. She had decades-long relationships with Teresa Giudice, Dina Manzo, and Caroline Manzo long before the show even started filming.
If anything it would have made sense for her to be a part of the OG cast. Well, it turns out she actually was slated to be a full-time cast member on season one. However, she changed her mind and someone else was brought in to replace her.
For years, Real Housewives of New Jersey viewers have been invested in the Manzo/Laurita family members. We met Dina Manzo and Caroline Manzo during the show’s very first episode. They are sisters who were married to the Manzo brothers. Dina has since divorced and re-married.
Jacqueline Laurita was another OG RHONJ cast member. She is married to Caroline and Dina’s brother Chris Laurita. Dina and Caroline have been infamously estranged for years, but it’s unclear if they had been in contact recently because of a family tragedy. Chris, Dina, and Caroline’s father Joseph Laurita has passed away.