On this week’s episode of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, Margaret and Danielle got into a knockout, drag-out fight that started with a heated verbal exchange, followed by Margaret pouring water over Danielle’s head and ended with Danielle dragging Margaret by her hair. It was CRAZY, and that’s putting it mildly.
Prior to Wednesday’s episode airing, Margaret took to Twitter to share her feelings on that drama that was to come later that night.
“Happy New Year! I just want to check in & say while everyone is anticipating tonight’s episode, it is very painful for me to relive. The energy that day frightened me & to this day, it still does. I have never hit anyone, nor did I after being pushed or being assaulted from behind,” Margret wrote.
She continued, “What I did do after a half-hour of a brutal back and forth with my personal space being invaded was to pour water on someone who was clearly looking to assault me and push me into a physical altercation. I have been told I deserved it, I asked for it…I was attacked.”
Adding, “A full 12 minutes after the fact from behind. My neck was snapped back, easily could have been broken. I could not defend myself. I could have been paralyzed. Everyone was crying, including production. It was horrific. I wanted to forget [to] move on. To this day, devastated.”
Meanwhile, Danielle dished about the drama on the RHONJ After Show.
“I would love to know why Margaret feels like she needs to pour things on me, throw things at me, yell at me, talk about my past as if she was apart of it, get involved with my marriage, get involved with my relationships, she’s affected my life in a very bad way. And all I did was help her fit into the group in the beginning,” Danielle said.
“From where I’m standing, she not only owes me a big apology, but she should give me a lot of gratitude,” she added.
Danielle then dished on the actual fight between her and Margaret.
“So when it escalated to her pouring water over me, I just really didn’t expect it, but I should always expect the unexpected with Margaret,” Danielle insisted. “Thank God, it was water because it might have hit a different trigger if it were anything else because I do believe I told her ‘You don’t want to throw red wine on this because you cannot afford it’ – very expensive outfit, head to toe. And I have beautiful curly hair, so it didn’t bother me at all – just made my hair look even better.”
She continued, “I decided that if she was basically going to shit all over me again, last time was red wine, how far am I going to let this go without a push back. No more, I was going to take something that she really loved, and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, so I decided to pour her bag into a candle, and it made me feel happy. I felt happy. Everyone was in shock, and I’m like ‘Oh that shocks you?'”
“All of them collectively are the most disgustingly vile people ever like I would never be around a group like that again. And they should be careful I do hold secrets of their’s of my own…for a long time I’ve held those secrets. You never know when it’s going to blow. You just never know. Hell, it could happen today. I don’t know,” Danielle adds.
An off-camera producer then asks Danielle: “After dumping Margaret’s stuff into the candle wax, you did say you were even. So what made you kind of decide to [pull her hair?]”
“Did I say that?” Danielle asks about the claim she said they were even. It turns out, Danielle did say that. In fact, she said, “we’re f–king even” to Margaret.
However, according to Danielle, she didn’t mean it.
“Oh, I was lying then. I don’t tell lies, but I might have just been like, ‘Oh yeah, that felt good. I feel better now,'” she explained. “And I think where you’re going with this is, you’re going to ask me about what happened next.”
“I feel like she should have been taught that lesson a long time ago. She crosses every boundary of mine, every line. Every line, every boundary. You know how many people have asked me why I haven’t done anything to her sooner. And not just asked me, were adamant about it almost mad at me about it that I haven’t. I said, it’s just not in me, but I guess you poke at somebody long enough. I was backed into a corner, and I was just done. I’m done with her,” Danielle confessed.
The RHONJ producer then asked Danielle if she had any regrets about the dragging Margaret’s hair.
“Regrets?” Danielle scoffed. “Hell no. My only regret is not doing it sooner. She can stretch that neck all she wants to hide all those wrinkles, but I think she told me I have a really dark soul one time…umm…not sure if that’s racist or not but I do know that it’s more about her than me because my soul is pretty clean and good.”
The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST on Bravo.