Danielle Staub has made a shocking claim about a fellow “Real Housewives” castmate, claiming she was stabbed.
The former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star told author Dave Quinn that fellow castmate Teresa Giudice stabbed her during the infamous season 2 Posche fashion show in November 2019, according to a passage in Quinn’s new tell-all book, “Not All Diamonds and Rosé: The Inside Story of the Real Housewives from the People Who Lived It.”
“Teresa took a fork to my back! I had a fork stabbed and dragged down my back! So I stopped running,” Staub said in the book of the iconic RHONJ fight.
The whole thing started when Giudice and fellow RHONJ housewife Jacqueline Laurita tried to say hello to Staub after a very tense two seasons. During a brief conversation that quickly turned confrontational, Staub told Giudice not to call her “honey.” “I don’t want to call you honey, ’cause you are old, hag, so I don’t want to call you ‘honey,’ b****. Is that better?”
The argument escalated and Giudice and Laurita began chasing Staub through the venue. At one point, Laurita’s then-18-year-old daughter Ashlee pulled Staub’s hair. The police were called and eventually, everyone went their separate ways, but the moment lives in RHONJ infamy.
“This was like Jerry Springer on steroids,” Staub said in the book. “Like, these women were dangerous.”
“I didn’t know they’d start physically coming at me after that! I should be able to say what I want to say and not get physically accosted for it,” Staub said in the book.
Giudice’s lawyer denied the allegations to People, saying, “This never happened. It is 100 percent pure fiction. If it did happen, you would have seen it or heard about on the show and not in a book 11 years later.”
Staub Pressed Charges Against Laurita’s Daughter, Who Was Fined in the Incident
Even before the night of the big Posche fight, a producer admitted he had no idea what was in store for the season.
“Little did we know that hello would turn into a whole chase, hair pull, cops being called, a broken heel, 911, police sirens,” producer Carlos King said in the Quinn book. “Madness.”
Andy Cohen seems to corroborate Staub’s accusations, telling Quinn, “We don’t like it when it gets physical. We tend to cut away from it. We’ll show that something happens, but we kind of do flashes on the screen. It was not in keeping with what we want the Housewives to be.”
In the second season, which aired in 2010, Staub sued Laurita’s daughter Ashlee Holmes (now Ashlee Malleo) over the hair-pulling assault accusation. According to People, Staub “testified that a hair extension was ripped out by an angry Holmes during a fight at a benefit at the North Jersey Country Club,” and Holmes was fined $189 over the incident. Staub also filed charges against Giudice and Laurita but later dropped them, the outlet reported.
Giudice’s New Fiancé Shares a Risqué Bikini Shot on Same Day Tell-All Book Is Released
On October 19 — the same day Quinn’s tell-all book was released — Giudice got engaged to her boyfriend, Louie Ruelas, while vacationing in Greece. On October 26, Ruelas shared a photo on Instagram of a bikini-clad Giudice laying on the edge of a pool in front of the beautiful landscape.
“Soak it in LOVE,” Ruelas wrote in the caption.
Giudice’s ex-husband, Joe Giudice, felt the engagement was rushed, but wished the couple well, according to Celebuzz.
“I’m happy for Teresa and Louie, I give them my blessings,” Giudice told the outlet. “I think they moved a bit quick into this romance, but I’m glad she found her true love and wish them all the best.”