“The Real Housewives of New Jersey”: Danielle’s uncovered past?

What skeletons are Danielle Staub, one of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” hiding in her closet?

Does this look like Danielle Staub to you?/From The Star-Ledger; credit "Cop Without a Badge"

Does this look like Danielle Staub to you?/From The Star-Ledger; credit "Cop Without a Badge"

Is it real or is it Memorex?/Credit Bravo

Is it real or is it Memorex?/Credit Bravo

How about a past as a stripper and a criminal who received five years probation for extortion?

Those are among the allegations asserted in “Cop Without a Badge,” a now-infamous (thanks to the show) out-of-print book. According to New Jersey’s own Star-Ledger (you know, the one Tony Soprano picked up off his driveway innumerable times), the book tells many stories about a “long-legged brunette stripper” named Beverly Merrill, who supposedly boasted of having bedded about a thousand men (just call her the female equivalent of Gene Simmons) before she met and married felon-turned-informant Kevin Maher, about whom the book is written.

In addition to such juicy details as Beverly’s – err, Danielle’s – aversion to underwear and that she met Maher at a drug party in Miami, we learn that she was allegedly out on $10,000 bail at the time. Evidently Beverly/Danielle was hanging with a drug dealer who had kidnapped a rich kid who owed him beau-coup bucks.

“The dealer beat the kid up, starved him, then called the kid’s father for ransom,” says the Ledger in its retelling of the tale.

Beverly/Danielle and the drug dealer were busted, and Beverly/Danielle was charged with extortion, kidnapping and possession. Her new savior, Maher, helped her work out a deal in which she pleaded guilty to the extortion, for which she received five years probation.

But that’s not all, oh, no. A married Maher left his wife and married Beverly/Danielle (before he technically divorced his wife!). They moved to Elmwood Park, N.J., and tried having a baby (remember, “Real Housewife” Jacqueline Laurita did go to a fertility specialist recommended by Danielle!) before he realized that Beverly/Danielle was “not mother material.” (LOL! Wonder what tipped him off?)

Beverly/Danielle subsequently became a stripper at Satin Dolls (aka The Bada-Bing from “The Sopranos”), and Maher found out she was cheating on him and left her.

You can read the full Ledger story right here – and for more salacious excerpts from the book, go here.

1 Comment

  1. May 30, 2009 at 11:53 am

    […] (Staub, as you’re already well aware, has been all over the news this week thanks to unsavory stories that are cropping up about her past. You can read all about that here.) […]


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