The Real Housewives franchise has its fair share of cast financial scandals. And as each scandal breaks, fans question how the network vets their cast members. Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd supposedly violated California labor laws. Former business partners sued Dorit Kemsley & PK Kemsley for monies owed.
Teresa Giudice spent 11 months in jail for bankruptcy fraud. Her ex-husband Joe Giudice was away for 41 months. Phaedra Parks’ ex-husband Apollo Nida who served 96 months. Recently, Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah was charged with alleged conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. She’s facing one of the heaviest legal battles in Real Housewives history. A battle that, if lost, will come with a lengthy prison sentence. If found guilty, Jen could face a maximum sentence of 30 years.
The most recent
dud of a season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills really made me miss the early days of the show. Namely, all the drama and extraness that the OG cast, particularly Lisa Vanderpump, brought to the table. The back and forth banter with her old BFF Kyle Richards. All of the swans and puppies who were treated like spoiled children. And of course, all of LVP’s dry British shade.
LVP recently returned to Watch What Happens Live to promote her new show, Overserved With Lisa Vanderpump, on E! network. And of course, she couldn’t make her return without throwing digs. at her former castmates.
Whenever Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd think they’re off the hook, someone sues them again. The former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star was sued back in August for not paying SUR employees. Then in February of this year, Lisa and Ken were sued for not paying their fruit and vegetable bills at Villa Blanca.
Another class action lawsuit was filed over a year ago, alleging that Ken and Lisa did not pay employees minimum wage or overtime and failed to give employees breaks. This lawsuit named all four of their restaurants (TomTom, Villa Blanca, Pump and SUR). Five years ago, Lisa sued her former attorney because she and Ken lost a judgment against a former waitress. That waitress was awarded 1.6 million dollars, which is a pretty big settlement. Big enough to say that case was totally legit. Have we noted a pattern?
Who’s thirstier than Lisa Rinna? Honest question. While you take some time to think that over, let’s review another Lisa from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Lisa Vanderpump has been going through some tax issues as of late. LVP and Ken Todd have, like many restauranteurs, hit a rough patch since COVID hit.
Back in August, Ken and Lisa were sued for not paying their SUR employees. Then, a couple weeks ago they were sued for not paying $100,000 worth of their fruit and vegetable bill. These tax issues really caught up them last week when Pump was suspended from opening. Five days later however, LVP tweeted that Pump was opening on the 17th,just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. So, what does that have to do with Rinna? The answer is simple enough – she wants attention.
This past year has been absolutely brutal on the restaurant industry. Many restaurants temporarily shut down in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Some managed to make some money by doing take-out and delivery orders only.
And, then, sadly, many restaurants couldn’t survive the difficulties of the pandemic. Even Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alums Lisa Vanderpump and her husband Ken Todd have struggled during these tough times. Their restaurant Pump was closed for the majority of the pandemic. On top of that, Pump was indefinitely suspended for some sort of tax payment discrepancy.
What’s going on at Villa Rosa these days? Recently, Lisa Vanderpump and her husband Ken Todd got called out for not paying $100K for their restaurants’ fruit and vegetable bills.
They were also accused of not paying their employees (multiple times), which Lisa and Ken both strongly denied. Now, they have tax issues that suspended one of their restaurants.
In 2019, Lisa Vanderpump quit Real Housewives of Beverly Hills during Season 9. If you need a refresher, the entire season revolved around “puppy-gate.” RHOBH star Dorit Kemsley and her husband, PK Kemsley, adopted a dog named Lucy from Vanderpump Dogs. Lucy allegedly bit their children, and PK. (I’m not even going to pretend to be upset that Lucy bit PK.)
Instead of returning Lucy to Vanderpump Dogs, as the adoption contract required, Dorit rehomed the pup. Lucy later turned up in a shelter. That is why reading contracts is important, Dorit.
Life is certainly not all diamonds and rose for Lisa Vanderpump, but her life does often come close to the saying. It feels like forever since we’ve seen LVP on our screens. She unceremoniously left Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in 2019. She couldn’t take the mean girls anymore, so it was Goodbye Kyle [Richards], and goodbye housewives.
Then COVID hit, which meant no Vanderpump Rules either for the restauranteur. Recently, however, things have been turning around for Lisa. She has a new show, Overserved with Lisa Vanderpump, coming out on E! in March. The show will take place at Villa Rosa, where Lisa will literally overserve guests and spill some tea. So yeah, I’m there! The high of good news however doesn’t last for long. Now, Lisa and husband Ken Todd are being sued (again).