Keyaira BooneMon, 5 April 2021, 7:55 pm
- Andy Cohen spoke out about “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jen Shah’s arrest.
- Shah is just the latest “Real Housewives” star to face legal troubles.
- Teresa Giudice served a federal-prison sentence, and other stars have had drinking-related arrests.
- Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.
Andy Cohen finally broke his silence on “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jen Shah’s arrest on charges of running a nine-year-long telemarketing fraud scheme, but she’s far from the first “Real Housewife” to see their legal drama aired in the spotlight.
“Oy vey,” Cohen said on Monday when a fan called into his Sirius XM show “Radio Andy” to ask about Shah’s arrest. “I’m waiting to see how it plays out. I have nothing to add to what we already know, other than I certainly hope and pray that none of it is true.”
Shah, who described her 20-year career in “direct response marketing” on the first part of the show’s first-season reunion special, is the volatile center of the “Salt Lake City” social circle.
In addition to participating in the tense group meals and sequin-covered shouting matches that make up the franchise’s standard offerings, she is often filmed running her business “empire,” with the help of several assistants she called the “Shah Squad.” Stuart Smith, who appears on the show as her “first assistant,” was arrested alongside Shah on Tuesday (possibly during filming, according to a Variety report).
Audrey Strauss, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, alleged that Shah and Stuart were actually running a telemarketing fraud scheme.
“Jennifer Shah, who portrays herself as a wealthy and successful businessperson on ‘reality’ television, and Stuart Smith, who is portrayed as Shah’s ‘first assistant,’ allegedly generated and sold ‘lead lists’ of innocent individuals for other members of their scheme to repeatedly scam,” Strauss said in a statement released by the Department of Justice on Tuesday.
“In actual reality and as alleged, the so-called business opportunities pushed on the victims by Shah, Smith, and their co-conspirators were just fraudulent schemes, motivated by greed, to steal victims’ money,” the statement continued. “Now, these defendants face time in prison for their alleged crimes.”
Shah pleaded not guilty to the charges of fraud and conspiracy at a court hearing on Friday, Insider’s Kelly McLaughlin previously reported. The hearing had been rescheduled to Friday after an earlier conference on Wednesday was canceled when “Real Housewives” fans flooded the call.
While Shah’s arrest sent shockwaves through the “Real Housewives” fanbase, she isn’t the only member of the ever-growing franchise to have their legal troubles aired in the press – or the first to be arrested.
Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice
The table-flipping “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star and her ex-husband Joe Giudice each served consecutive sentences in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges of bankruptcy fraud and tax evasion.
The “very rich” former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star had to dig deep into her purse after she was slapped with a gigantic tax lien by the IRS in 2016. She used her signature sarcasm to talk about the situation on social media with her fans, jokingly asking her followers to “please start a Go Fund Me.”
But Leakes isn’t the only “Real Housewives” star to face tax issues. “The Real Housewives of Potomac” star Robyn Dixon opened up about her tax problems in the October 11, 2020 episode of the show after co-star Candiace Dillard Bassett referenced blog reports that Dixon owed $90,000 in back-taxes.
Dixon explained that she’s “a really bad accountant” and “got hit for some unreported income I had forgotten about.”
Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard Bassett
A cast outing turned barnyard brawl led to the two “Real Housewives of Potomac” stars filing assault charges against one another. The complaints were eventually dismissed.
Samuels told Insider back in January that she chose to leave the show after the brawl and after castmembers plotted against her family, spreading a rumor that she had cheated on her husband of nine years.
“I’m a woman of my word. I’ve always said that if the show ever interfered with my family or my marriage that I would definitely get to packing,” the reality star said.
Dorit and PK Kemsley
“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” stars faced a series of lawsuits that they claimed they couldn’t go into detail about on the show. Their reluctance to spill about their situations was met with cattiness from some of their fellow cast members.
Still, E! News reported in 2019 that according to a source PK settled lawsuits with Ryan Horne, who claimed he was never paid for helping to start Dorit’s swimwear company, Beverly Beach, and Nicos Kirzis, who claimed he lent money to PK and was never paid back.
“These matters, which were never as concerning to the Kemsleys as they were made to appear, have now been resolved,” attorney Matthew Pace told E! News.
The former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star filed a defamation of character suit against author Angela Stanton after Stanton wrote a book, “Lies Of A Real Housewife,” that alleged Parks was a liar and criminal. The suit – and a counter-suit filed by Stanton – were dropped in 2016.
Parks’ ex-husband Apollo Nida was charged with bank fraud and identity theft and reported to prison in 2014. The situation led to a season full of uncomfortable questions for the attorney, model, and mortician.
Kandi Burruss and Kim Zolciak
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” stars had a legal dispute over proceeds from Zolciak’s track “Tardy for the Party,” which was written and produced by Burruss.
Burruss, represented by fellow “RHOA” star Parks, filed a suit in March 2013 alleging copyright infringement, but it was dismissed later that year.
People reported in 2018 that Singer was sued by a former employee, who alleged that she was overworked, underpaid, and mistreated by Singer. The former employee also alleged in her lawsuit that Singer told her to return articles of clothing after submitting the receipts to Bravo for reimbursement, according to People.
When reached for comment regarding the reported lawsuit, Singer told Page Six at the time: “I have no knowledge of any lawsuit. Her company did some work for my company. The relationship ended and her company was paid in full for their services.”
It’s unclear whether the suit is ongoing or if it was resolved. Insider reached out to a representative for Singer, but didn’t immediately hear back.
Luann de Lesseps
Lesseps faced charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, disorderly intoxication and corruption by threat in 2017. A year later, she struck a plea deal and avoided jail time.
The incident prompted “The Real Housewives of New York” star to go into recovery and share her experiences fighting addiction with the world.
She was separately at the center of a family lawsuit involving allegations that she breached the terms of her divorce settlement and stole from her adult children; that suit was dropped in 2019.
The former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star was seen heading to court to settle a child support matter with her ex Bob Whitfield in the eighth episode of the show’s fourth season, where she was temporarily represented in her case by Parks.
She was also sued by her previous law firm Weinstock & Scavo, which represented her during her earlier divorce, for nonpayment of fees. Whitfield claimed she was being overcharged, but a judge ordered her to pay.
Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi
“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Erika Jayne is currently in the midst of a divorce that has been called a “sham” by plaintiffs in a lawsuit against her husband Tom Girardi.
Girardi, a famed lawyer who settled the case on which “Erin Brockovich” is based, was placed in contempt of court by a US District Judge when he failed to provide adequate information about why he and his law firm could not pay out settlement funds owed to the families of plane crash victims.
Stephanie Clifford recently reported for Insider that other lawyers Girardi worked with in the past “now suspect him of having run a Ponzi scheme – taking money earmarked for clients and using it for his own extravagances and to pay off other clients waiting for funds.”
Jayne herself has also been named in at least five lawsuits against Girardi and “downsized” from a $15 million mansion to a more modest $1.5 million home amid their legal troubles.
Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd
Vanderpump and her husband have been named in several lawsuits, mostly regarding their famed Los Angeles restaurants.
One class-action suit filed by former employees in July 2020 alleged that the couple broke several California labor laws, including failure to pay employees overtime wages.
Two of their restaurants, Pump and the now-closed Villa Blanca, were sued by a Los Angeles produce supplier for nonpayment of delivered goods.
“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Kim Richards was arrested in April 2015 on charges of trespassing and resisting arrest at the Beverly Hills Hotel where Richards reportedly showed “objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication” and then refused to come out of the bathroom, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Richards was later sentenced to three years’ probation, 30 days of community labor, and 52 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
The former child actress was also arrested for shoplifting at a Target in 2015. After striking a plea deal in October, she received a similar sentence, according to E! News, of three years’ probation, 300 hours of community service, and 52 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
“The Real Housewives of New York” star settled a $100 million lawsuit with her former management company when they tried to claim a portion of her Skinnygirl low-calorie cocktail empire in 2012. The terms of the settlement weren’t made public.
Morgan filed for bankruptcy in 2010 after her production company encountered financial troubles due to a project featuring John Travolta fell apart, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The reality star was separately apprehended by police for being suspected of driving under the influence in Southampton in June 2010 and charged with a DWI, according to the New York Daily News.
“Real Housewives of Orange County” star Vicki Gunvalson filed a lawsuit against the Bravo show’s production company and her co-star Kelly Dodd after Dodd called her a con artist in front of Bravo cameras. The suit was eventually withdrawn.
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