Earlier today Joe Gorga, Jacqueline Laurita, Chris Laurita and John Karagiorgis appeared in Ridgewood Municipal Court to answer the charges of assault, harassment and / or terroristic threats.
Pursuant to the private attorneys’ agreements, the prosecutor made a Motion to Dismiss the charges against all parties. Normally this would end the legal maneuvering . . . but this is Real Housewives of New Jersey. . . when is anything “normal” when RHONJ is involved?
The disposition of the criminal charges has now cleared the path for the civil case. An inside source confirmed that in exchange for dismissal of the criminal case, the “appearance waiver” in the agreement executed by Johnny will not prevent him from pursuing claims against not only Joe, Jacqueline and Chris, but also Siren (Production Company), Bravo, the Security Company, Owners of the Salon and any other parties responsible. The list of potential Defendants may also include Melissa Gorga, the Wakiles and other cast members since the confrontation was allegedly premeditated. In addition, Joe Gorga’s propensity for violence was well known by Defendants and documented by Production.
The within civil suit will be the second strike for Siren and Bravo. They were sued in 2011 for a fight in Punta Cana caused during filming of RHONJ. The Punta Cana Complaint alleged that Bravo & Sirens Media:
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
Paragraph 26 of the Punta Cana Complaint. Full Story on Punta Cana. The Punta Cana Lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed confidential amount.
From the looks of things, the within lawsuit is destined to be a financial and emotional headache for Bravo for the following reasons:
- Jacqueline Laurita is a “loose canon” who cannot control her impulse behavior;
- Siren and Bravo already televised Joe Gorga’s propensity for violence, including his wife’s admissions that he has violent outbursts;
- Johnny was allegedly enticed and misled to attend the function by cast and crew; and
- The Punta Cana lawsuit put the parties on notice of such dangers.
It will be interesting to see what part the civil suit will be in Season 6 of Real Housewives of New Jersey.