Lisa Barlow has Jen Shah’s back as she prepares for her upcoming trial.
The Vida Tequila founder believes that her friend and Real Housewives of Salt Lake City co-star deserves “due process.”
“Jen deserves due process,” Lisa tells Life & Style. “She deserves to be treated innocent until proven guilty. In our country, that’ how things work.”
She adds that Jen is facing “the fight of her life, but she’s doing good considering the circumstances.”
“We’re all human. We all have our own struggles and battles,” says Lisa. “This is an awful one; she’s doing it very publicly. I hope people show some compassion.”
Meanwhile, Lisa elaborated further while appearing on In the Know’s We Should Talk series.
“I hold myself super accountable for everything, but I don’t think it’s my job to judge anybody. Jen’s circumstances don’t change who I am as a person and how I’m going to treat her as a person. I’ve been very consistent in that. Is Jen always easy? No. Is Jen my friend? Yes. Does Jen deserve due process? 100%. I hope people go into this season open-minded and give her a chance to show a different side of herself and that they’re open to that and understand that she’s going through the fight of her life. We all go through our different struggles, and Jen is fighting for her freedom,” Lisa said.
She adds that she was compelled to support Jen rather than dump on her further.
“When you see someone hurting, it’s not in me — I’m a sensitive person — it’s not in me to be like, ‘Oh, sucks to be you! Sorry, b****, you deserve that!’ I’m not that girl. I’m never going to be that girl. I saw Jen hurting; I listened to her. […] Watching her go through things, I felt empathy for her and compassion. There’s nothing wrong for that. I’m not going to apologize for that,” the Bravo star stated.
In March, Jen was arrested for her alleged involvement in a nationwide telemarketing fraud scheme. Jen maintains her innocence and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City airs Sundays at 9 p.m. Est on Bravo.