Heather Gay admits she was “terrified” when co-star Jen Shah got arrested while filming season 2 of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.
“It all happened live time, real-time, active filming. We were all together; Jen was there. We were getting ready to leave for a cast trip; we were just sitting at Beauty Lab getting our last-minute things, making sure everything was squared away. And Jen had to leave, and then everything happened,” she said on a recent episode of Bravo’s Chat Room.
When the police showed up at Beauty Lab to arrest Jen, Heather confessed, “I was pinned against the wall, I thought they were coming for me. I was terrified.”
Jen was arrested in March 2021 and was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. She maintains her innocence. The trial was initially slated to begin in October 2021, but in August, a judge postponed the trial until March 2022.
The mother of two and her assistant, Stuart Smith, allegedly “orchestrated” and were “senior participants” in the telemarketing scheme that led to their arrest.
As we previously reported, Jen “didn’t hold back” and “kept it real” while filming season 2 of RHOSLC.
“Jen didn’t hold back at all when talking about her legal issues on the show,” an insider told HollywoodLife. “She kept it very real and is maintaining her innocence to the ladies. She filmed full-time, and this season will focus heavily on Jen.”
The source added that Jen’s co-stars had no prior knowledge of her alleged illegal activity.
“The ladies really had no idea. They found out when the rest of the world did and were shocked. They feel she should be treated like anyone is in court, which is innocent until proven otherwise,” the insider explained, adding, “They’re really hoping it’s not true, but they’re staying out of it and not discussing it past a surface level. Her friends on the cast are still talking to her and doing their best not to let this effect their friendship with her. They love Sherrief, her husband, and the boys are the nicest, most respectful guys.”
Season 2 of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City premieres on Bravo on Sep. 12 at 9 p.m. ET.
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