Real Housewives of Potomac has been dealing with a huge scandal that started behind the scenes and then surged to engulf the entire cast. In September 2018, Ashley Darby’s husband, Michael Darby, was charged with a misdemeanor for improper sexual contact and a felony assault charge. A cameraman, Orville Palmer, alleged that Michael grabbed his butt and even gave him a “flirtatious look.” The supposed assault happened during Monique Samuels’ Rainbow shower. The maximum sentence for the charges was 11 years in prison.
Michael was suspended from filming RHOP while the charges were investigated. A Montgomery County court dismissed the charges due to insufficient evidence on October 4. He resumed filming the reality show in early October.