Some people never learn . . .
The blonde girl is always the first to get hacked up in horror films;
The guy wearing the red shirt is always killed on Star Trek; and
A brawl always breaks out at Kim D parties with Jacqueline Laurita at the center of the controversy. . .
. . . it’s as certain as paying taxes and death.
So let’s tell a tale, a tale of a Grand Opening and Kim D’s promise to Bravo to deliver with a little help from her friends . . .
Throughout filming of Season 5, Kim D continued to schedule “events” and invite her RHONJ “friends” because her orders were to sponsor events until “something of interest” was captured on film.
Kim D scheduled the Grand Opening of a second location for her store in Ridgewood, NJ. The event was scheduled so quickly that Production failed to obtain the requisite permits and insurance (town retroactively issued one of the requisite permits the following day). It is unclear whether the landlord’s permission was necessary pursuant to the provisions of the lease. Furthermore, it is unclear whether the State provided the proper licensing for hair/waxing services (all of which were offered and captured on film).
In order to lure Penny Drossos (known as PDKhair) and her husband, John Karagiorgis (known as @JohnnyTheGrk) to the March 30, 2013 event, Joe Gorga and Richard Wakile spent the weeks preceding the event contacting @JohnnyTheGrk, offering to have their wives film with Penny and obtaining Karagiorgis’ commitment to attend the event (in order to publicly prove that any strife was behind them). Production asked Karagiorgis to attend in writing, confirming same the evening of the event.
On March 30, 2013, the invited guests were permitted entry according to a pre-arranged time table. As invited guests, Penny Drossos and her girlfriend were escorted into the salon, John Karagiorgis and three remaining guests were told to wait outside for their cue (they along with other guests waited for over an hour).
Upon entry, Penny Drossos was immediately confronted by Jacqueline Laurita who in a span of minutes went from asking if they knew each other, to making accusations about her autistic son, to apologizing to Penny Drossos and bursting into tears. Surrounding guests were stunned!!
Production then ushered Penny Drossos to Teresa Giudice. When Teresa asked Penny Drossos to back her up that it was Penny who brought up Melissa’s past at a prior event (this Season), Penny Drossos reminded Teresa that it was Teresa and Kim D who asked Penny to confirm who Melissa’s ex was because of a phone call Juicy allegedly received. [In fact, last year, Twitterland was abuzz when various individuals tweeted about Melissa's alleged infidelities and compromising pictures from Cancun, etc.]
As the drama among the housewives continued, furniture was rearranged, security moved into position and Jacqueline Laurita removed her shoes. John Karagiorgis was cued to enter the salon and greet Joe Gorga, which Karagiorgis thought was in accordance with discussions he and Gorga had prior to filming. Instead of the friendly banter that Gorga had promised, Gorga turned purple with rage and was unable to “find his words” as soon as Karagiorgis greeted him. Gorga erupted into a physical assault upon Mr. Karagiorgis. The Lauritas followed Gorga’s lead and Jacqueline Laurita ultimately attacked striking Karagiorgis in the head with the heel of her stiletto.
[Details of the brawl have been withheld - matter is subject of criminal investigation for indictment purposes]
Production refused to contact the police. Mr. Karagiorgis proceeded to the Ridgewood Police Department. While Karagiorgis was reporting the incident, Joe Gorga, Jacqueline Laurita and Chris Laurita ran home.
While at the Ridgewood Police Department, Mr. Karagiorgis’ demeanor was evaluated, he received medical attention, his injuries were documented and he was permitted to file the following charges:
- Joe Gorga: assault and terroristic threats
- Chris Laurita: assault and terroristic threats
- Jacqueline Laurita: assault
On the following day, while Karagiorgios sought further medical attention, Joe Gorga, Jacqueline Laurita and Chris Laurita celebrated Easter with their families.
Shortly thereafter, Jacqueline Laurita commenced her all too familiar campaign of sending text messages (via cell phone) and direct messages (via tweeter) to Karagiorgios’ family members and friends and on twitter. Her messages ranged from insisting that she didn’t hit anyone with a shoe, to messages insisting that she “didn’t mean to hit” Mr. Karagiorgis.
On April 2, 2013, on World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), Jacqueline Laurita took the time to taunt an autism advocate by falsely alleging that the advocate wanted Jacqueline to keep her son “a secret.” Laurita knew her tweet was false and was fully aware that such a tweet would cause her fans to attack @RealityJulie. People who knew @RealityJulie to be a true autism advocate were outraged by Jacqueline Laurita’s blatant disregard for the truth and the harm to Julie.
On Thursday, April 4, 2013, Joe Gorga, Jacqueline Laurita and Chris Laurita learned that they were charged with criminal complaints. The same day, they filed cross complaints against Karagiorgis.
Original Photograph by Don Smith Staff Photographer for NorthJersey.Com and Altered by @AWenchLikeMe
Fortunately, the charges filed by Gorga and the Lauritas forced them to testify as to their version of the incident. The testimony was predictable and inconsistent with the lapse in time from the brawl to reporting, etc. The unedited footage of the event has been demanded by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.
Contrary to Jacqueline Laurita’s advice to her daughter (when Ashlee assaulted Danielle Staub in Season 2), Jacqueline refuses to take responsibility for her actions.
There are so many unanswered questions:
- Why would the Gorgas who claimed they have been stalked for “years” wait until they were charged to file cross complaints?
- Why would Joe Gorga and his wife film with Penny Drossos less than a month earlier at Chakra in Paramus if they felt they were being stalked and cyberbullied?
- Why would the Producers insist that Drossos and Karagiorgis attend Kim D’s event?
- Why would Jacqueline Laurita send dozens of messages contradicting her Court testimony?
- Why would Karagiorgis go to the Police and seek medical attention the night of the brawl if he was “on drugs” (as alleged by Jacqueline Laurita)?
Unlike Bravo, all unanswered questions will be answered courtesy of the Bergen County Judiciary.
#StilettoGate was coined by Autism Advocate and twitter personality extraordinaire @RealityJulie