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The Real Housewives Lawsuits

I know many of you have asked about the housewives and their lawsuits. So AllAboutTRH investigated and found all the Real Housewives lawsuits!

According to Jezebel.Com there is over 60 lawsuits against the housewives,

“Teresa & Joe Giudice, New Jersey
Tree and Juicy Joe have been no stranger to legal woes ever since they filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in late 2009; they were unable to pay the $11 million they owed to various creditors. Since then Joe has been arrested a couple of times: DWI, driving on a suspended license, and fraudulently obtaining a driver’s license — clearly, this man must drive. Last year, Joe’s former business partner Joe Mastropole filed a lawsuit against the couple accusing them of forging his name on mortgage documents in order to pocket $1 million. Joe’s response to the accusation was, “Everybody does it.” In January, a New Jersey judge ordered Giudice to pay Mastropole $260,000. It’s yet to be seen if this debt will be lumped into the couple’s bankruptcy claim.
Just this week, the Giudices—along with Bravo and other members of The Real Housewives of New Jersey cast—were named in a lawsuit over a drunken bar fight that occurred in February, while filming on location in the Dominican Republic. According to the documents, the plaintiff’s injuries from the fight were severe enough to send two of the them to the hospital for surgery.”

Melissa & Joe Gorga, New Jersey
Lawsuits might run in the family. Teresa’s brother Joe and her sister-in-law Melissa claim that unlike the Giudices, they “pay their bills” — but several lawsuits indicate that they don’t. Joe Gorga has been the subject of 26 lawsuits in New Jersey since 2002, as court records show, including a 2008 state tax lien for over $20,000. Most recently Gorga is being sued by Starlite Window Manufacturing Co. Inc. of Paterson to the tune of $30,000 for nonpayment of work. The Gorgas are also being sued for $50,000 by a sprinkler company for work on an apartment complex in Paterson. Additionally, according to public records, a civil judgement was made against them for over $12,000 to a company called Slaby Engineering Associates.

Danielle Staub, New Jersey
Although she’s no longer on the show, Danielle Staub is another Housewife who’s spent a lot of time in court rooms. Her ex-husband Kevin Maher (author of the infamous Cop Without a Badge) filed a defamation suit for $5 million after she wrote in her memoir that he “killed her dog, forced her to play Russian Roulette and even raped her.”

Last month, Staub was sued for $375,000 after allegedly backing out of a three-year deal with Scores strip club, which required her to appear nude on the company’s website. After news of her return to stripping made the rounds on the press, Staub quit her gig with Scores and gave an interview to People saying she was “addicted to love.”

Gretchen Rossi & Slade Smiley, Orange County
Rossi and her boyfriend Smiley are being sued for fraud, breach of contract, deceit, and conspiracy by a former business associate, makeup artist Ronnan Myers. Myers and Rossi both invested $15,000 in Rossi’s makeup company Gretchen Christine Beaute, with a verbal contract that they’d split the profits, with Myers claiming that Smiley put the kibosh on any written contracts. According to court documents, Rossi and Smiley tried to push Myers out of the company. Myers claims that Rossi took funds out of the joint business account without permission, and accused Rossi of having all profits deposited directly into her PayPal account, which Myers had no access to. Myers is seeking $100,000 in damages.

Rossi’s ex, Jay Photoglou, sued her for slander and libel after she made public statements that he had stalked her, stolen from her, and threatened her. Photoglou says Rossi lied about the extent of their relationship because she wanted to be on the show and to be depicted as loving caretaker to her dying “fiance” Jeff Beitzel. Recently, Rossi was ordered to pay $40,000 of Photoglou’s attorney fees.

Alexis & Jim Bellino, Orange County
Jim, the “King” of the Bellino household (although he doesn’t always get to pick out which dress his wife wears), is being sued for fraud, deceit, breach of written contracts and other complaints by hotel owners Shashi Tejpaul, Gail Duncan, and Abdul Hamid Risdana. The suit states that Bellino, 48, who owns the company Private Money Immediately, lent $2.13 million to the plaintiffs. Though Tejpaul and Duncan, a married couple, say they made payments, Bellino obtained a notice of default and election to sell.

Bethenny Frankel, New York
Forbes cover girl Bethenny Frankel recently made the biggest deal of her life when she reportedly earned $120 million after selling her Skinnygirl cocktail brand to Jim Beam, but with mo’ money comes mo’ problems. Frankel’s former management company, Raw Talent, claims Bethenny—who signed with them back in 2008—cut them out of the deal when she fired them just days before inking the deal, and are suing her for $100 million. Frankel calls the suit “frivolous.”

Kim Zolciak, Atlanta
After her single “Tardy for the Party” became an unexpected hit—reaching Top 10 on the iTunes Dance Chart, gah—Zolciak was forced to temporarily remove the song from iTunes after she was sued by producer Don Vito for — you guessed it — nonpayment. The song has since reappeared on iTunes, leading us to believe the two settled out of court.

Nene Leakes, Atlanta
It was discovered after the first season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta that these women weren’t as wealthy as portrayed themselves to be, particularly Nene Leakes, who, it turns out, rented instead of owned her home and was eventually evicted, owing over $6,000 in back rent. Her husband Gregg also owed $100,000 in back taxes. Two years ago, the Bank of America filed a lawsuit against the Leakes.

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It was also reported yesterday that the Manzo’s and Laurita’s are involved in a lawsuit. Are you surprised that the Real Housewives have been involved in all of these Lawsuits?

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