Johnny “The Greek” Karagiorgis Was Setup: The Fight at the Grand Opening of Posche 2 “Was an Obvious Premeditated Assault by Production and Cast”
April 12, 2013 164 Comments
Pictured above is Jacqueline Laurita as she testified in municipal court on April 12, 2013, describing the alleged attack by John Karagiorgis at the grand opening of Posche 2.
Seize the video tape (made without a filming permit) and it will simply be that tale of the tape, because all of them were miked. Then maybe we have perjury and slander charges.
A source told Fame-Whorgas that Johnny “The Greek” Karagiorgis (JTG) never said anything about the Laurita family nor did he provoke the fight at the grand opening of Posche 2. The source described the events as follows:
Before the events of March 30, 2013, Joe Gorga and Rich Wakile came by JTG’s place of business to settle their differences, and they all agreed to “cut the sh-t”. Joe Gorga said, “I want us all to get along.” Believing that they had quashed things, JTG never suspected he was walking into a setup by Bravo and the cast at the grand opening of Posche 2.
“It was an obvious premeditated assault by production and cast.” Producers held people in queue, choosing who could enter with whom and when. The official Housewives and their families went in first, Penny and her friends were brought in later, and more than an hour after that the producers allowed JTG and a family friend, Mario Petris, to enter the salon. Mario (@MarioPetris) and his girlfriend (who entered with Penny) both also attended the Milania Hair Care launch party with Penny on February 18, 2013 (JTG did not attend that event).
The confrontation occurred minutes after JTG (who was mic’d) and Mario entered the salon, and it was obvious when they entered that something was about to go down. People moved couches, Chris had unbuttoned his jacket, and Joe Gorga had rolled up his cuffs. “It was a setup by Bravo”: Joe and Chris and the other cast members and their spouses were in on it.
Joe Gorga was the first to confront JTG, asking him, “Who’s telling you all this info”, and Joe had security get behind JTG and this is when Joe took a shot or lunged at JTG, who tossed Joe off of him and onto the sinks (which is how they got broken). Joe threw the first punch and then Chris charged at JTG, shouting something like, “You made fun of my son”, which is how the rumor started; JTG replied, “I didn’t say sh-t about your son,” and when JTG turned away, Chris took a cheap shot at him and Jacqueline Jac took off her Fendi shoe and and hit him in the forehead with the stiletto-type heel. In self-defense, JTG tossed Chris into the wall. Security tackled JTG, and JTG shouted, “You’re all a bunch of f-cking p-ssies, swinging at people being held.” JTG didn’t get carried out, he walked out, and Bravo security (off duty cops) apologized, saying, “It wasn’t supposed to go down this way.” JTG went immediately to the police station to file a report, where they took pictures of his injuries.
Caroline yelled at Penny after the fight broke out at the grand opening of Posche 2 on March 30, 2013, saying she caused the commotion, and Penny screamed back, “You old hag! I was trying to protect you because I felt sorry for you!”
From the photos, you can see that many other people were at the salon while Bravo was taping.
At least one person at the event taped the fight using a cell phone, but a producer took it from her and deleted the video and pictures.
The producers didn’t have the necessary permits to film at the event, and the salon did not have the proper licenses to open.
The court has subpoenaed Bravo to turn over the footage, unedited; and if it is altered in any way, Bravo will face criminal charges.
Joe Gorga and the Lauritas filed a cross complaint, probably hoping that JTG would agree to drop charges if they did the same.
Bravo was encouraging a confrontation, probably expecting another Christening scene (season 3, episode 1) where no punches were thrown. But they got more than they wanted. The official Housewives and their husbands were in the salon for almost two hours before Bravo permitted JTG and his family friend to enter. In photos from the event, you can see Jacqueline holding a cocktail while sitting in the salon chair — the cocktail is almost full in one photo and about half empty in the next photo (see photos above).
Jacqueline could face the most serious charges because she used an instrument when she assaulted JTG. The fact that she used a dangerous weapon would bump the crime up from a regular misdemeanor to a felony — she could face a felony conviction on second degree assault with a deadly weapon (aggravated assault). A dangerous instrument need not be a knife or firearm — and if you have intent to use it unlawfully against another person, the elements of assault in the second degree are satisfied. The dangerous instrument standard or definition includes any object that is readily capable of causing death or serious physical injury. That dangerous instrument could be a frying pan, tire iron, bottle, etc… or a stiletto heel.
The case against Joe Gorga and the Lauritas goes to a grand jury on April 18th: the grand jury will decide whether there is enough evidence to warrant a trial. When a prosecutor brings a case to a grand jury, he presents the jurors with a “bill” (the charges) and introduces evidence — usually the minimum necessary — to secure an indictment. The proceedings are secret. It is standard practice to call witnesses to testify against the suspect without the suspect or the suspect’s lawyer present. Indicted suspects can sometimes later obtain transcripts of grand jury proceedings — and this is a big reason why prosecutors like to keep the evidence to the minimum. Grand juries need not be unanimous to indict. If the case proceeds by grand jury indictment, no preliminary hearing need be held.
In JTG’s case against Joe Gorga and the Lauritas, Jacqueline has the most to lose since she is the one who used a weapon when she assaulted him, which would explain why she did most of the testifying at the municipal court on April 12th in her cross complaint against JTG (he was not present). Under New Jersey law, if Jacqueline is found guilty of inflicting serious bodily injury, the assault is a second-degree aggravated assault crime subject to 5 to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000.
Below is Jacqueline’s testimony in her case against John Karagiorgis as reported by NorthJersey.com:
A Paramus man who contends he was attacked by cast members from “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” at an event two weeks ago allegedly lunged at one of the show’s stars and threatened to kill her.
Jacqueline Laurita testified in Ridgewood’s Municipal Court Friday morning that John Karagiorgis came to the event at the Posche II salon “looking for … a fight.”
The probable cause hearing concluded with Judge David Pfund determining that Karagiorgis will be formally charged with three counts each of harassment and assault, and two counts of making terroristic threats. It is the second ruling in a case involving the fracas that broke out the event.
Last week, Pfund ruled there was enough evidence for Laurita, her husband Christopher and Joe Gorga, who is married to “Housewives” star Melissa Gorga to be charged with assault and terroristic threats. Karagiorgis, an employee at Clifton’s Rutt’s Hut, was not present for Friday’s proceeding. He has claimed he was ambushed on March 30 by Laurita, her husband, and Gorga at the event, according to a police complaint. According to Karagiorgis, the show’s security restrained him during the attack, from which he claims he sustained a broken nose, bruises, lumps and head trauma. Karagiorgis’ complaint further claims Jacqueline smacked him in the head with a stiletto heel, and that her husband threatened his life.
On Friday, Jacqueline Laurita testified that Karagiorgis was “asked not to attend” the March 30 event in Ridgewood, “but showed up anyway with a bodyguard,” who she said appeared to be armed. Karagiorgis’ wife, Penny, owns a North Arlington hair salon, La Chateau Allure Salon, and she has made past appearances on the program.
Laurita — represented by her attorney, Michael DeMarco — said that Karagiorgis “came dressed in clothes like he was ready for a fight.” Moments before the altercation:
Laurita said she was part of a “tsunami of people” packed into the boutique for the grand opening. That’s when she claims Karagiorgis “lunged towards me, and I heard him yelling, ‘I’ll [expletive] kill you.”
She said Karagiorgis “had a crazy look in his eyes, like he was on drugs or something,” and, in lunging at her, may have “bumped” her, causing her to fall to the ground.
But she acknowledged before Pfund that, amid all of the confusion, security guards who stepped in to usher Karagiorgis from the event could very well have knocked her over.
“I can’t be 100 percent sure he caused me to fall,” Laurita — dressed in a black pants suit and gold and black designer shoes — told Pfund.
Later in her testimony, Laurita claimed that after he was removed from the event, Karagiorgis returned, “looking for more.”
“He went right at me, and had this look on his face that was dazed and crazed,” Laurita alleged, adding she believes Karagiorgis was intent on harming her.
Laurita testified Karagiorgis, using Twitter, has been harassing her and other members of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast, posting malicious and derogatory comments about her, her husband, and the couple’s autistic son.
“Somehow, he was fixated on me and the other cast members, and would show up at events and run his mouth, saying things about me as a mother, telling me to stay off social media,” Laurita said.
She claims Karagiorgis has made other “sick comments” on social media, suggesting her son was not actually autistic, “and that we’re faking it for attention.”
She said she is afraid of Karagiorgis, “because I am not sure what he’s capable of.”
Laurita’s husband, Chris, and Gorga, also testified, both claiming that Karagiorgis had lunged at them and threatened their lives. They told Pfund they were forced to defend themselves and their wives during the fracas, and both claim Karagiorgis has been using Twitter to harass and slander them.
“He’s obsessed with us, and he’s stalked us for years,” Gorga said. “I get phone calls at night. It’s to the point where my wife has gotten depressed over it. This guy needs to be prosecuted. This is cyber bullying.”
Christopher Laurita, dressed in a pinstripe jacket and jeans, told the judge he feels Karagiorgis is hungry for publicity.
John Karagiorgis of Rutt’s Hutt, Clifton, NJ – Home of the Ripper – gives the Munch crew a little friendly Jersey attitude. The Munchers visited eight of the state’s best-known hot dog joints [Source]. Rutt’s Hut has been featured on the PBS special “A Hot Dog Program”, numerous Food Network shows, and the Travel Channel’s “Deep-Fried Paradise.”
Karagiorgis joked on Twitter the day after the Milania Hair Care launch party, and some bloggers and tweeters interpreted his tweets to mean that Mario was Penny’s bodyguard, which would explain why Jacqueline Laurita testified that JTG came with a bodyguard — she was implying he was expecting trouble. If JTG returned to the event (as Jacqueline testified), it was probably to pick up his wife, Penny Drossos, not because he was “looking for more.”
I have never seen JTG tweet about any of the other cast members and their families, only Melissa Gorga and perhaps her sisters. Jacqueline is lying about JTG when she says he used social media to suggest her son is not really autistic and that they are faking it for attention. People have commented on various blogs about Nicholas’ diagnosis and FW has done several stories about them exploiting autism to promote their products, but I have never seen John Karagiorgis tweet or give an interview on anything about the Lauritas.
A source told Fame-Whorgas that Caroline and Jacqueline called Penny from the cast trip to Arizona on March 16 -18, 2013, telling her that she was the major topic of conversation, so that would imply Jacqueline had no issues with Penny and, by association, her husband — these accusations out of the blue about JTG “saying things about her as a mother, telling her to stay off social media”; “posting malicious and derogatory comments about her, her husband, and the couple’s autistic son”; and “making other sick comments on social media, suggesting her son was not actually autistic, that they’re faking it for attention” are made up as a defense for her assault on him.
Chris and Jacqueline are grasping at straws in their cross complaint: they testified that JTG “came dressed in clothes like he was ready for a fight” and that he “had this look on his face that was dazed and crazed.” And based on what my source told me, Chris is delusional and desperate for testifying that they were “forced to defend themselves and their wives during the fracas” – he is lying, just like he and Jacqueline lied that JTG tweeted that their son is not actually autistic.