There is a cloud hanging over Real Housewives of New Jersey, namely, what did Danielle Staub do to Dina Manzo to make Caroline hate her so much? Although Dina says she has forgiven Danielle, her sister wants her to stay far away; her brother, Chris Laurita, wants his wife Jacqueline to stay far away; and Teresa Giudice thinks Danielle is a “prostitution whore.” So what could Danielle possibly have done?
Last year, Danielle told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens that the hubbub that arose at last year’s reunion show (where Caroline Manzo screamed, “You know what you did!”) was over the fact that she “gave a friend of 16 years’ brother” a phone number. Danielle’s friend Angela is Dina’s ex-sister-in-law, meaning Danielle gave Dina’s ex-husband a phone number to talk to someone about contracts for the show. Since Dina’s daughter Lexi was featured on Real Housewives last season and not this season, it’s possible he wanted to talk to producers on the show about allowing his underage daughter to be included in the production. Messing with Dina’s daughter, that would probably piss off Caroline. Looking back, Danielle admits it “wasn’t her place.”
Danielle certainly has her share of scandals. Like her involvement with the book Cop Without a Badge, which was such a source of controversy last season. The book, which was written by one of Danielle’s ex-husbands Kevin Maher, claims Danielle, formerly Beverly Ann Merrill, was a paid escort and a stripper and used cocaine. After Danielle denied those claims to People magazine, Kevin filed suit against her, claiming defamation. Meanwhile, the Smoking Gun has found court documents linking Danielle to a cocaine bust and kidnapping plot. According to court records, Danielle “was charged with eight felonies, including extortion, cocaine possession, and narcotics conspiracy,” but pleaded guilty and opted to give prosecutors information about her cohorts, who had ties to a Colombian drug family. (And note that this took place in 1986.)
Still, Danielle wants you to not “misconceive her.” We can’t wait for her book, The Naked Truth, when it comes out later this month.
Danielle is also at the center of one of the biggest scandals on the second season of Real Housewives of New Jersey as well: a fight among cast members that landed at least one under arrest. Jacqueline’s daughter Ashley Holmes was found guilty of assault against Danielle in January, stemming from a fight at a country club in November that was reportedly caught by Bravo cameras in which Ashley pulled out a chunk of Danielle’s extensions. What will get to see on the show later this season?
And Teresa may want to think twice before judging Danielle on her run-ins with the law. Her husband, Joe Giudice, was arrested earlier this year for driving while intoxicated after he crashed his car into a pole.
Seems like there’s no end to the scandals in this group of women. Do you have any juicy gossip about the Franklin Lakes ladies? Send your tips to tips AT crushable dot com.
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