Saddle up, fans of Bravo there's drama a-brewin & # 39; for Real Housewives of New Jersey – except that this time, it's happening off the screen. For now, you may have heard that RHONJ star Melissa Gorga and producer / presenter Andy Cohen are being sued, but the most important question could be why are Andy Cohen and Melissa Gorga. defendant?
According to Page Six, the lawsuit was filed in a federal court in Florida on Wednesday by a woman named Jackie Beard Robinson, who is described as "an entrepreneur and an influential international fashion". He reportedly requests more than $ 30 million in damages for defamation claims and willfully inflicting emotional distress. Bravo's parent company, NBCUniversal Cable, and Dorothy Toran, a production executive at RHONJ are also named in the case, reported page six . (The bustle approached Bravo and a spokesman for the network said: "There is no merit in this lawsuit." The bustle also contacted representatives of Cohen, Gorga and Robinson, but did not receive an immediate response.)
reported by The Wrap, Robinson alleges that Gorga hired her in 2015 to serve as manager of Envy for Melissa Gorga, who operated a boutique clothing store in New Jersey, but the partnership was disbanded when Robinson discovered that Gorga allegedly "misappropriated more than $ 37,000 from Envy without authorization, among other things." At the end of 2016, the lawsuit establishes, their commercial relationship had been officially cut off, and Robinson withdrew his merchandise from Envy in January 2017. Robinson continues to claim that he worked signed an agreement with Gorga to be able to sell his merchandise and keep the proceeds, but months later, during the broadcast on October 4 RHONJ Gorga and Cohen changed the situation very differently . 59005] Giphy
According to Robinson, Gorga said during the episode that "he slipped in the middle of the night and took all the clothes". Cohen allegedly asked, "Wow, that lady ended up tearing you off?" To which Gorga allegedly replied, "Yes." The lawsuit alleges that those claims are false, in part because Robinson claims that he recovered the goods "in broad daylight, not during" the middle of the night. "Such accusations, the states of the suit are" false, deceptive, reckless , grossly negligent, negligent and made with real malice "and caused Robinson to be subjected to" ridicule, hatred, disgust and contempt ", according to Page Six ] Gorga and Cohen have not yet publicly responded to the accusations of Robinson.
However, this is not the first time that RHONJ affiliates have been embroiled in a legal controversy Per The Hollywood Reporter The stars of Housewives ] Chris Manzo, Albie Manzo and Chris Laurita were named along with BLK Brands in a 2011 lawsuit by a company called Creative Thinkers, which claimed, among other things, that men's fame had been used to sell a story. false idea about how the idea of a special bottled water product originated. Neither party seems to have commented publicly, and the resolution is unclear.
That same year, People reported that two men, Adolfo Arreola and Jason Gomez, filed a lawsuit alleging that a group of ] The cast members of Real Housewives beat them in the Dominican Republic after Teresa Giudice appeared a bottle of champagne at her party. Among the claims of Arreola and Gómez was that the champagne "caused serious eye irritation" to Arreola's mother-in-law; that Teresa supposedly "laughed, mocked, humiliated, insulted and physically approached" the offended party; and stars like Joe Giudice, Albert Manzo, Albie Manzo and Christopher Manzo allegedly attacked them "without provocation". It is not clear how none of the cases were resolved. Bravo issued a statement to People saying that RHONJ was not filming at the time of the incident, and that they believed the claims to be unfounded, but did not provide any additional comments. It seems that there is no more information available.
And perhaps most notably, Teresa and Joe Giudice received respective prison terms of 15 months and 41 months for mail fraud, bankruptcy and mail in 2014. Initially They declared innocent, but then changed their minds and pleaded guilty. Teresa was released in 2015 after serving 11 months, while Joe did not begin serving his sentence until March 2016, and is currently in prison.
So, although Robinson's lawsuit may be a serious matter, it is not new territory for RHONJ. Who knows? It may even end up being a story for the program.
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