“The Real Housewives of New Jersey”: Bringing on the crazy

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The first ladies of the Garden State – that would be Teresa Giudice, Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita and, oh yes, Danielle Staub – have been all over the place in the past few weeks. Have they been in your neighborhood?

Gee, I wonder where Danielle could be?/Photo credit New York Daily News

“I know crazy when I’m looking at it” – Caroline on Danielle

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Have “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” agreed to forgive and forget?

Most people spend December celebrating the holidays and January the new year. But not “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Danielle Staub.

It's a good idea if Danielle and Jacqueline keep a table - and some distance - between them./Credit Bravo

No, Danielle prefers to spend her time filing complaints against her *friends* in court.

If you even recall, Danielle was at the center of an altercation which also involved two of her co-stars, Jacqueline Laurita and Teresa “Fabulous!” Giudice, and Jacqueline’s daughter, Ashley Holmes, on Nov. 11. Danielle alleged that Ashley, 19, yelled “I’ll get her” and “I’ll kill you” prior to pulling one of Danielle’s hair extensions out by the root during the fashion show at Wayne’s North Jersey Country Club.

During a court date in early December, Judge Lawrence Katz issued a summons against Ashley on charges of harassment and simple assault, both of which are disorderly persons offenses.

In a report dated yesterday, The Record says Ashley was found guilty on the assault count. She must pay a whopping fine of $189. The charge of harassment was dismissed.

Gee, how will she ever cobble together that much money?

Scott Bocker, Ashley’s attorney, told The Record, “The judge was very sympathetic and I want to thank the prosecutor; when it came down to sentencing Ashley, (Prosecutor Tom) Melani also expressed sympathy for Ashley and asked the judge to be extremely lenient.”

Hmmm… let me get this straight: The lawyer representing Danielle felt sorry for Ashley and asked the judge to be “extremely” lenient?

Either Danielle had a change of heart (or an epiphany along the lines of “Oh, gee. If I want to stay friends with Jacqueline, maybe I shouldn’t be going after her offspring in court!”), Danielle’s lawyer thinks she’s cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs or… the entire incident was blown out of proportion on purpose for the benefits of – yep, you guessed it – television.

I go with the latter.

And yes, Bravo cameras were on hand for both the incident and an earlier court appearance in December – though surprisingly they reportedly were not present yesterday.

Interestingly, Ashley’s sole Tweet of the day (that would be Jan. 29) was this:

“When someone hurts us, We want to hurt them back. When someone wrongs us, We want to be right. Without forgiveness, nothing is ever settled.”

“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” head to court

Are you familiar with the phrase “let sleeping dogs lie”? Apparently Danielle Staub isn’t.

During an appearance yesterday in a Garden State municipal court, The Record reports the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star said she feared for her safety during an altercation last month between she and castmates Jacqueline Laurita and Teresa Giudice – but that it was Jacqueline’s teenage daughter, Ashley Holmes, of whom she was most intimidated.

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However, Danielle dropped her complaints against Jacqueline and Teresa but forged ahead with charges against Ashley, 19.

“I’m just a little afraid, to be honest with you,” Danielle said in court.

Danielle told Judge Lawrence Katz that Ashley said “I’ll get her” and “I’ll kill you” prior to pulling one of Danielle’s hair extensions out by the root. The incident took place Nov. 11 during a fashion show at Wayne’s North Jersey Country Club. A Bravo camera crew, which reportedly captured that incident on tape, also accompanied Danielle to court yesterday.

(Read what the police report says about the altercation here.)

As a result of Danielle’s testimony, Judge Katz issued a summons against Ashley on charges of harassment and simple assault. Both are disorderly persons offenses.

Jacqueline is obviously (and understandably) angry and upset about this turn of events, and she vented on Twitter.

“SOME people will do ANYthing to get their name in the press,” she tweeted today, referring to Danielle in another post as “dirty D.”

Of course, this whole matter could probably be resolved quickly if Bravo said, “Let’s go to the videotape!” (tip of the hat to former local sportscaster Warner Wolf), but what would be the fun in that?

“D” is for Danielle… and drama

During last season’s finale of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” table-flipper Teresa Giudice had had it up to here with castmate Danielle Staub.

I don't think we're going to see Danielle and Jacqueline break bread anytime soon.../Photo by Bravo

“You’re just trying to make drama, Danielle,” Teresa told her. “Your name should be Drama.”

Truer words were never spoken, I believe, especially after reading the news today that Danielle is accusing the teenage daughter of her former best friend, Jacqueline Laurita, of yanking out her hair extensions.

According to The Record, Danielle was due in municipal court today regarding the Nov. 11 incident, which took place at the North Jersey Country Club in Wayne and was witnessed by Bravo cameras. (We can only hope some of the incident makes it into the show’s second season!)

The Record says that police were called to the club around 11 that night and found a “very emotional and rather incoherent” Danielle in the parking lot. She reportedly told police that she had gotten into an argument with Jacqueline and that Jacqueline’s daughter, Ashley Holmes, pulled her hair and ripped out clumps of her extensions. Officials note that Ashley acknowledged pulling Danielle’s hair, but says she did so to defend her mother, whom she believed Danielle had hit. Jacqueline, for her part, told police Danielle did not hit her.

No charges were filed at the time, and Teresa, who was present, was listed by police as an “uncooperative witness.” Priceless. Meanwhile, police told Danielle she could file a simple assault complaint against Ashley, Jacqueline and whoever else if she so chose. Meanwhile, we will have to wait and see if the municipal court finds that there was probable cause, which would allow Danielle to file charges against those she says wronged her.

All of this hubbub comes on the heels of Ashley’s 19th birthday – which, according to her mom’s Twitter page – was Tuesday.

Update

Danielle dropped complaints against Jacqueline and Teresa but is pursuing charges against Ashley. Read all about it – and see a video of Danielle in court – right here.

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