Andy Cohen and Melissa Gorga Slapped With $30 Million Defamation Lawsuit

“Real Housewives of New Jersey” executive producer Andy Cohen and cast member Melissa Gorga have been hit with a defamation lawsuit seeking more than $30 million in damages by a woman who said she was made to look like a thief.

NBC Universal Cable is also named in the suit, filed in federal court in Florida on Wednesday.

In the suit, Jackie Beard Robinson, described as “an entrepreneur and international fashion influencer,” says that she was tapped by Gorga in 2015 to serve as manager of Envy by Melissa Gorga, which operated a boutique clothing store in New Jersey.

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The partnership went south, the suit says, after Robinson discovered that Gorga “misappropriated over $37,000 from Envy without authorization, among other things,” and Robinson removed her merchandise from Envy in January 2017.

An agreement was hashed out that Robinson could sell the merchandise and keep the proceeds, according to the suit. However, Robinson contends, a very different picture of the situation was painted by Gorga and Cohen months later.

According to the suit, during the Oct. 4 airing of “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Gorga stated that Robinson “snuck in in the middle of the night and took all he clothes.”

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Compounding things, the lawsuit says, during the Oct. 4 airing of Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live,” Cohen asked,”wow, so that lady wound up kind of ripping you off?” According to the suit, Gorga responded, “yes.”

Those assertions are false, the suit says, in part because Robinson retrieved the merchandise “in broad daylight, not during ‘the middle of the night.’ The statement that Plaintiff ‘snuck in in the middle of the night’ is false, misleading, reckless, grossly negligent, negligent and made with actual malice.”

The statements also “subjected Plaintiff to ridicule, hatred, disgust and contempt.”

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The suit alleges numerous forms of defamation.

TheWrap has reached out to Cohen, Gorga and eNBC Universal for comment.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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“Real Housewives of New Jersey” executive producer Andy Cohen and cast member Melissa Gorga have been hit with a defamation lawsuit seeking more than $30 million in damages by a woman who said she was made to look like a thief.

NBC Universal Cable is also named in the suit, filed in federal court in Florida on Wednesday.

In the suit, Jackie Beard Robinson, described as “an entrepreneur and international fashion influencer,” says that she was tapped by Gorga in 2015 to serve as manager of Envy by Melissa Gorga, which operated a boutique clothing store in New Jersey.

The partnership went south, the suit says, after Robinson discovered that Gorga “misappropriated over $37,000 from Envy without authorization, among other things,” and Robinson removed her merchandise from Envy in January 2017.

An agreement was hashed out that Robinson could sell the merchandise and keep the proceeds, according to the suit. However, Robinson contends, a very different picture of the situation was painted by Gorga and Cohen months later.

According to the suit, during the Oct. 4 airing of “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Gorga stated that Robinson “snuck in in the middle of the night and took all he clothes.”

Compounding things, the lawsuit says, during the Oct. 4 airing of Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live,” Cohen asked,”wow, so that lady wound up kind of ripping you off?” According to the suit, Gorga responded, “yes.”

Those assertions are false, the suit says, in part because Robinson retrieved the merchandise “in broad daylight, not during ‘the middle of the night.’ The statement that Plaintiff ‘snuck in in the middle of the night’ is false, misleading, reckless, grossly negligent, negligent and made with actual malice.”

The statements also “subjected Plaintiff to ridicule, hatred, disgust and contempt.”

The suit alleges numerous forms of defamation.

TheWrap has reached out to Cohen, Gorga and eNBC Universal for comment.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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‘Real Housewives’ Alum Dina Manzo and Her Boyfriend Brutally Beaten in Home Invasion (Report)

“Real Housewives of New Jersey” veteran Dina Manzo and her boyfriend David Cantin sustained facial injuries during a violent home invasion at their Holmdel, New Jersey, residence on Saturday, NBC 4 New York reports.

Citing sources, NBC 4 reported Monday that Manzo and Cantin entered their home and encountered two masked robbers who were already inside the residence. The robbers beat Cantin with a baseball bat and punched Manzo.

The attackers subsequently bound Manzo and Cantin together before making off with cash and jewelry.

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While both Manzo and Cantin were treated for facial injuries, both are expected to recover physically.

Manzo appeared on the first two seasons of the Bravo series before exiting, returning for Season 6 in 2014 before departing again.

Manzo also starred in the “Real Housewives” spinoff “Manzo’d With Children,” which ran for three seasons on Bravo.

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“Real Housewives of New Jersey” veteran Dina Manzo and her boyfriend David Cantin sustained facial injuries during a violent home invasion at their Holmdel, New Jersey, residence on Saturday, NBC 4 New York reports.

Citing sources, NBC 4 reported Monday that Manzo and Cantin entered their home and encountered two masked robbers who were already inside the residence. The robbers beat Cantin with a baseball bat and punched Manzo.

The attackers subsequently bound Manzo and Cantin together before making off with cash and jewelry.

While both Manzo and Cantin were treated for facial injuries, both are expected to recover physically.

Manzo appeared on the first two seasons of the Bravo series before exiting, returning for Season 6 in 2014 before departing again.

Manzo also starred in the “Real Housewives” spinoff “Manzo’d With Children,” which ran for three seasons on Bravo.

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Frequent Liars Club? ‘Real Housewives’ Couple James and Amber Marchese Lied About Flight Fight, Airline Says

Virgin Airlines says former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars James and Amber Marchese are members of the frequent liars program.

In a countersuit filed Wednesday in federal court in New Jersey, Virgin America claims that the Marcheses not only fought during an April 2016 flight from Los Angeles to Newark, but lied about it afterwards.

The Marcheses filed suit against Virgin America in October, claiming that an alleged brawl that a Virgin America employee told the police about — and which caused the Marcheses to be removed from the flight  — never happened. In their suit, the Marcheses alleged defamation, negligence and false imprisonment.

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But Virgin America is sticking by its story in the countersuit, claiming that the airline employee heard James Marchese tell Amber, “If you want to be on equal f—ing playing fields, then carry the f—ing bags.” The airline also asserts that James Marchese closed his hands around his wife’s neck and told her, “Bitch, if you do that again, I will f—ing kill you” before releasing his grip around her neck.

Virgin America, which alleges defamation in its countersuit, claims that the Marcheses made “numerous defamatory statements” to the news media and on their social media accounts saying that the airline and the employee “lied to law enforcement and fabricated the domestic disturbance … for their own self-promotion and to attract publicity.”

Virgin America and its employee are seeking unspecified damages.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Virgin Airlines says former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars James and Amber Marchese are members of the frequent liars program.

In a countersuit filed Wednesday in federal court in New Jersey, Virgin America claims that the Marcheses not only fought during an April 2016 flight from Los Angeles to Newark, but lied about it afterwards.

The Marcheses filed suit against Virgin America in October, claiming that an alleged brawl that a Virgin America employee told the police about — and which caused the Marcheses to be removed from the flight  — never happened. In their suit, the Marcheses alleged defamation, negligence and false imprisonment.

But Virgin America is sticking by its story in the countersuit, claiming that the airline employee heard James Marchese tell Amber, “If you want to be on equal f—ing playing fields, then carry the f—ing bags.” The airline also asserts that James Marchese closed his hands around his wife’s neck and told her, “Bitch, if you do that again, I will f—ing kill you” before releasing his grip around her neck.

Virgin America, which alleges defamation in its countersuit, claims that the Marcheses made “numerous defamatory statements” to the news media and on their social media accounts saying that the airline and the employee “lied to law enforcement and fabricated the domestic disturbance … for their own self-promotion and to attract publicity.”

Virgin America and its employee are seeking unspecified damages.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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