MORE*** UPDATES** Law Suits Filed on Real Housewives of New Jersey and Bravo for the Punta Cana Brawl!
Posted by ImaJustSaying on June 13, 2011
“Bravo has not seen a copy of the complaint so we cannot comment on the specifics. We can, however correct the misstatements that were reported. The Real Housewives of New Jersey was NOT taping at the time the incident occurred. We believe that the settlement agreements both the plaintiffs and their lawyers previously negotiated and signed will be enforced and these claims are completely without merit.”
The “Real Housewives of New Jersey” are in hot water after allegedly beating up a cop while vacationing in the Dominican Republic.
Several members of the cast have been accused of beating up and injuring an Illinois cop and his cousin earlier this year during a raucous brawl at a posh Punta Cana resort, according to two lawsuits made public today.
Adolfo Arreola, who works for the University of Illinois at Chicago’s police department, suffered a broken arm, blurred vision, cuts and bruises after some members of the cast “savagely beat, kicked, punched, scratched, jumped” on him, The Chicago Tribune reported.He also claims that a glass was smashed over his head.
Arreola’s cousin, Jason Gomez, suffered a broken leg and a torn MCL in the melee, according to the newspaper.
The cousins both filed lawsuits in New York and Miami alleging that they and their families were at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino bar on Feb. 23 when Teresa Giudice sprayed champagne on Arreola’s mother-in-law.
After Arreola said he confronted Giudice, he was attacked by cast members that included her husband, Joe, and Albert and Christopher Manzo, the sons of cast member Caroline Manzo.
In the suits, Arreola and Gomez allege that that the cast and crew had been served “excessive amounts of alcohol” at the bar and became “intoxicated, belligerent and rowdy.”
Bravo, the cable channel that airs the show, is named in the complaint.
A Bravo spokesman declined comment.
The men have also sued the Hard Rock Hotel’s parent company in Miami alleging negligent security.
Ricardo Cata, a lawyer for the hotel, told the newspaper that the Hard Rock “did everything it was supposed to do and responded appropriately and took care of the guests in the appropriate manner.”
Joe Giudice has gotten in trouble with the law in the past.
Giudice, 40, lost his license last year for hitting a pole with his car and then failing a sobriety test. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail.
Now, here’s what is interesting: Via Perez,
Supposedly, this has all bee caught on film and after the fight was finally broken up, Bravo pulled the men aside to get them to sign release forms. The men were told not only would they be unable to leave the country until they signed the forms but also, they would be each be given $25,000 to keep quiet about the incident. The men were paid as promised, but their lawyer is still pursuing the lawsuit, stating his clients signed the contracts “under duress,” making them null and void.
My question is how did they get the men to sign release forms with all their injuries? How would Bravo have the power to not allow the men to leave the country?
More detailed shocking info at the Chicago Tribune
Their lawyer maintains the release is not valid because they signed under duress and has asked the court to declare the release invalid.
“It was so skewed against them,” Demetrio said.
Arreola, who has worked for the UIC police for about 15 years, underwent surgery on his right arm after returning to the states and is undergoing physical therapy, Demetrio said. Arreola, who shoots a gun with his right hand, cannot return to his job until he can re-qualify on the gun range.
“I’m worried,” said Arreola, who had six screws put in to repair his arm. “I only have five years left until I can retire. I can see the finish line and then something like this happens.”
Gomez had surgery on his leg and now has two pins in his knee, he said. Two long scars on either side of the patella leave his kneecap looking more like a baseball than a body part. Still on crutches, he does not know when he’ll be cleared to return to work.