Michael was accused of “groping and grabbing” a cameraman’s butt while filming an episode of RHOP on Septemeber 1.
“As I turned around he smiled and gave me a flirtatious look,” the cameraman claimed.
However, the case against the Real Housewives of Potomac husband was quickly tossed out when the cameraman and his supervisors never followed up with investigators.
“The case was dismissed due to insufficient evidence,” Ramon Korionoff, the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office spokesman told PEOPLE. “The complaining witness states there were no witnesses who actually saw the incident, however, that he did inform his supervisors immediately after. He provided several contact numbers for his supervisors, however, no one ever called us back. We called the complaining witness to update him, however, he hasn’t returned our call.”
Although, reps for Truly Original denied claims that they didn’t respond to investigators.
“Truly Original responded to every request from the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office and complied fully,” said a statement from the production company. “To clarify and correct Mr. Korionoff’s statement, two supervisors, after being subpoenaed, testified at the hearing relating to [the cameraman’s] request for a peace order (the court ultimately denied [his] request for a peace order).”
“Subsequent to that, one of the supervisors was contacted by the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office,” Truly Original continued. “Counsel responded to the State’s Attorney’s call on two separate occasions and the State’s Attorney failed to respond to those calls. The charges against Mr. Darby were then dropped.”
Meanwhile, Michael and his attorney happily celebrated the charges being dismissed.
“The charges were dropped. They were baseless,” said Mike Rowan, Michael Darby’s attorney. “There were a number of alleged witnesses who said it did not happen. The peace order request by the alleged victim was also denied. There was simply nothing that happened, and nothing here.”
“Our good name and reputation have been upheld through the abandonment of this case by the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s office,” Michael said in a statement. “It is unfortunate that high-profile people are often sought out as targets, and in this situation, someone tried to take advantage of me.”