Teresa Giudice apparently never retracts the claws, even while on vacation.
"The Real Housewives of New Jersey" trainwreck and hubby Joe were sued for allegedly beating up a Chicago-area police officer and his cousin—and spraying champagne in the face of the cop's mother-in-law!—while "Housewives" was shooting at the Hard Rock Hotel &Casino bar in the Dominican Republic back in February.
Actually, the brawl was really a group effort, according to separate complaints filed in New York and Miami.
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Adolfo Arreola, a cop with the University of Illinois at Chicago's police department, claims that his family was partying at the Hard Rock when the reliably mischevious Giudice sprayed his mother-in-law with champagne, then mocked her as she tried to wipe the alcohol from her eyes.
The suit, filed Monday, states that Arreola confronted Giudice, after which Joe, along with fellow "Housewives" regulars Albert and Christopher Manzo (Caroline's sons), came to Teresa's side and then ended up flying off the handle.
The Manzo brothers and their roommate, Gregory Bennett Jr., are all named as defendants, as is Bravo.Story: Why is reality TV so boozy?
Arreola complains that he suffered a broken arm, blurred vision, cuts and bruises after the defendants "savagely beat, kicked, punched, scratched, jumped" on him. He has undergone surgery for his arm and is currently undergoing physical therapy, the suit states.
His cousin, Jason Gomez, also sued, claiming he suffered a broken leg and a torn MCL after he jumped in to help Arreola. Gomez says that he also underwent surgery and had two pins placed in his knee.
Both suits claim that the "Housewives" cast and crew were served too much liquor that night, making them "intoxicated, belligerent and rowdy."
Arreola told the Chicago Tribune that they had been in Punta Cana to attend a vow-renewal ceremony for an aunt and uncle and the celebratino ended up being canceled after the brawl.
Their attorneys are requesting that Bravo hang onto any video taken of the incident. A network spokeswoman declined to comment on the lawsuits.Story: Who's responsible when reality TV goes too far?
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The Hard Rock's parent company in Miami has also been sued, with the plaintiffs alleging security at the place was negligent.
"Our position is the hotel did everything it was supposed to do and responded appropriately and took care of the guests in the appropriate manner," attorney Ricardo Cata said on behalf of the hotel.
Both Arreola and Gomez admit to signing an agreement saying they would not sue while on vacation, but are now claiming they were under duress.
The drama never ends for Giudicie, who, in addition to repeatedly losing her temper on television, has both filed for bankruptcy and seen Joe spend time behind bars since the world was first tipped off to her presence back in 2009.
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