What?!?! I know we’re just as shocked!
Michael’s butt grabbing ways have been at the center of the drama throughout season 4 of RHOP. However, it’s hardly the first time Michael has been accused of getting too touchy-feely.
Since the inception of RHOP, Michael’s odd comments and even odder behavior have been the main source of gossip between the RHOP cast and fans of the show.
In 2018, the gossip surrounding Michael’s touchy-feely ways escalated when he was accused of groping an RHOP cameraman.
Michael was charged with felony assault and misdemeanor improper sexual conduct by RHOP cameraman Orville Palmer. Palmer accused Michael of groping and grabbing him while they filmed season 4. The charges were later dismissed due to insufficient evidence.
However, the Potomac Housewives continued to insist the incident did occur despite Michael and Ashley’s claims otherwise.
At the reunion, Gizelle Bryant, Robyn Dixon, Karen Huger, Candiace Bassett Dillard, and Monique Samuels alleged that Michael has grabbed the butt of many other males, who have worked behind the scenes on RHOP.
They ladies claim this took place during season 1 of RHOP in 2016. This was around the same time Michael was caught on camera grabbing the butt of Katie Rost’s then-fiancé Andrew Martin while on the dance floor.
“Producers have told us you have done that to them,” Gizelle, 49, told Michael. “I was told the same thing,” Robyn, 40, added. “That the same night that Michael grabbed Andrew’s butt, he also went around and grabbed their butts.”
Michael denied the accusations, telling the ladies “that’s not true.”
Karen Huger’s husband Ray then chimed in and dropped a bombshell that no one saw coming. According to Ray, Michael once grabbed Andy’s butt after filming wrapped on one of the past reunion shows.
“I’ve seen you grab someone’s behind, for myself. I saw you in a different situation,” Ray, 72, said. “I saw you grab Andy’s butt at the reunion… I saw that. You guys were kidding around. It’s not a big deal.”
“I did believe you did it,” Ray continued. “I didn’t think it was a bad thing. I thought you were being playful… My situation was, you do that. You told me and you told the world that you do that in Australia all the time.”
Michael continued to maintain his innocence, telling the group, “What a waste of time. There’s another unfounded accusation from someone.”
“You and I might have had a fun joke about it. I don’t think I grabbed your butt,” Michael told Andy, 50, who seemingly agreed.
“I don’t remember. I’m sure I was fine with it. The show went well, I love you guys,” Andy responded.
On Sunday’s Watch What Happens Live Andy was singing a different tune saying, “That was me. It was at the end of the reunion a few years before, and I had just totally forgotten frankly. Someone at Bravo reminded me the next day. I said ‘Wow, Michael squeezed my butt.’ But he said that that’s a way he’s just friendly with other guys. Have you ever heard of that?!”
The Real Housewives of Potomac will return for season 5 in 2020.
Thoughts on Ray’s claim? Do you believe Michael touched Andy’s butt? Are you surprised Andy forgot about the alleged incident?
Source: OK! Magazine