Envy is an ugly thing…
Melissa Gorga and Andy Cohen are being sued for $30 million by Melissa’s former business partner Jackie Beard Robinson; claiming that the duo made her look like a “felon” on the Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Once upon a time Melissa and Jackie were partners and co-owners of the New Jersey clothing boutique Envy but split earlier this year after Jackie cleaned out the store in the middle of the night behind Melissa’s back.
The ex-partners met in 2014 and decided in August 2015 to open Envy together in Montclair, NJ, according to documents Robinson filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Flordia on Wednesday.
According to the business agreement, Robinson was named the manager of the shop Envy by Melissa Gorga in October 2015, but by December 31, 2016, their relationship was severed.
In the lawsuit, Robinson claims she went to Envy on January 1, 2017 “in broad daylight” to remove her belonging despite the false accusations Melissa made on RHONJ that Jackie “snuck into Envy in the middle of the night and stole clothing.”
The allegations against Jackie were reiterated on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen when Andy asked Melissa “Wow, so, that lady wound up kinda ripping you off? ” per the suit, with Melissa responding, “Yes.”
Robinson, who identifies herself as “a blogger and style consultant,” says the comments made her look like a felon, which hurt her business as an “international fashion influencer and entrepreneur.”
The most shocking part of the lawsuit is Jackie’s claim that Melissa was “misappropriating over $37,000 from Envy without authorization”
Also, named in the suit is RHONJ production executive Dorothy Toran and NBCUniversal.
At this time, no comment or statements have been released from Melissa or Andy.
I’m not shocked – Jackie seems DESPERATE if you ask me. I mean she went running to Kim D after ending her partnership with Melissa. I don’t believe for a second that Jackie didn’t want the fame and attention that came with being on RHONJ.
Thoughts on this lawsuit? Do you think Jackie lawsuit is valid? Will Andy and Melissa have to pay up? Do you believe Melissa was “misappropriating” funds from Envy? Sound off below!
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