In February, 2011, RHONJ travelled to Punta Cana for some fun in the sun that was to be shown in Season 3. But on February 23, 2011, their fun was abruptly interrupted by the champagne spray heard round the world.
The RHONJ were partying and filming at the Moon Bar located at the Hard Rock Resort in Punta Cana, Domenican Republic.
At approximately 1:15 am, when Teresa Giudice opened a bottle of champagne, the spray allegedly landed on Yolanda Martinez causing her “eye irritation and discomfort.” When Ms. Martinez’ son in law, Adolfo Arreola and his cousin Jason Gomez confronted the cast, the resulting confrontation became the basis for the following lawsuit.
Bravo & Sirens Media were sued because they allegedly:
encourage, promote and demand that the cast of RHONJ engage in verbal and physical conflict with one another and members of the public, creating a culture, climate and/or atmosphere of confrontation, hostility and violence in order to attract viewers
The Complaint alleges that while Arreola tended to Martinez, the cast and crew, physically attacked him. Paragraph 36. When Arreola’s cousin, Jason Gomez, ran to his aid:
members of the the cast and crew of the RHONJ, without provocation, brutally and savagely beat, kicked, punched, scratched, jumped on and smashed glass on the heads of Arreola and Gomez causing them to sustain severe pain and suffering and bodily injuries
As if the incident wasn’t bizarre enough, the allegations move into crazy crazy crazy. . .
The Complaint alleges that Arreola and his family were transported to the police station where they were detained and denied medical attention. They were forced to sign settlement agreements and releases containing confidentiality clauses. Arreola and Gomez allege that they were under “great duress, coercion and physical and emotional stress” when they signed the agreements. They claimed that they waived their rights because they feared for their safety.
As a result of the alleged coercion, Arreola and Gomez ask the Court to strike the settlement agreement so they can proceed with their personal injury suit against the named Defendants Teresa Giudice, Joe Giudice, Albert Manzo, Christopher Manzo, Greg Bennett, Albert Manzo III, Caroline Claire Laurita Manzo, Lauren Manzo, Sirens Media, Bravo Media.