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Cancun and the Real Story of How Joe and Melissa Gorga Met

October 12, 2012 231 comments

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There must be a lascivious story behind how Joe and Melissa Gorga met in Cancun in March 2003 because they’ve fabricated an unbelievable story about how Joe didn’t approach her in Cancun even though he said to his best friend, “that’s my wife”, when he first saw her there at the pool. She and Joe deny actually interacting in Cancun, which doesn’t ring true, and they both overacted during the season 4 reunion when the topic of how they met in Cancun was brought up. They are hiding something about what happened when they first met there. They both say they officially met later in the summer of 2003 at a Jersey Shore club and Joe said, “you’re the girl form the pool” in Cancun and “he remembered how my hair was.” I think the Greeks (Penny Drossos and Johnny Karagiorgis) and others know the real Cancun story (apparently with photos to back it up) and are waiting to expose it on camera in season 5, if given the chance.

“Melissa Gorga, Yea long lost fuck of joe gorga back in Cancun! Don’t make me break out the Picts….. Actually @frankabba has em on a cd.” – Pete Giudice, September 19, 2012, Twitter

During part 2 of the season 4 reunion, when discussing the gold-digger accusation, this was the exchange between Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga:

Teresa: This is what happened. She dated my brother’s best friend.

Melissa: What! Woe, woe, woe! Excuse me!

Teresa: She never wanted anything to do with him [Teresa's brother]. She knew him back in Cancun days.

Melissa puts her hand on Teresa’s upper arm and pushes her back while screaming: What are you talking about?! Say it to me! Say it to me.

Teresa: Get your hands off of me. Do not touch me. I’ll press charges right now.

More yelling from Melissa, which makes what everyone is saying inaudible.

Melissa: I never married him for money. Ever, ever, ever! We fell in love. Because that didn’t happen for you doesn’t mean it didn’t happen for me. You wish that my life was like your life and everyone can see it now, and you hate that. She’s sitting here talking about my husband, my marriage, how we met. It’s all bullshit. She’s lying! She’s lying! (Andy tries to interject and change the topic.) This is not fair. I don’t even want (Andy is still trying to interject). I’m not going to fight anymore because everything’s a lie!

During part 3 of the season 4 reunion, out of nowhere Joe Giudice asks Melissa Gorga:

Juicy: How did you really met Joe Gorga?

Joey, enraged, screams: Shut the f–k up about my f–king wife!

Penny Drossos ‏tweeted on September 19, 2012:

51 cards n 51 witness’s …

John Karagiorgis ‏tweeted on September 19, 2012:

Do you really want to get ugly @melissagorga @joegorga ? @PDKhair is holding cards & there’s 51 more cards in deck! Wanna play?

So the real story of how they met in Cancun is obviously a subject that the Gorgas don’t want discussed, especially on camera.

Note: Included in my blog, ‘Melissa Gorga: Lookers’ Dancer Wearing the Cross in 2003, Gold-digger and Cheater?‘, are comments I collected over the past year from people who allegedly knew Melissa before she married Joe. It’s an interesting read.

Club Deko (now Club Ikon) April 12, 2003

The photo above of Melissa Gorga from NJGuido.com was taken at Club Deko (Club Deko is now Ikon Lounge) in Sayreville, NJ, on April 12, 2003, and was sent to Fame-Whorgas by Dilettante (@AutumnLeaves61). Melissa’s bridesmaid Jan Marie DeDolce is the other woman in the photo.

The photo was taken a month after Joe Gorga first met Melissa Marco, if you believe Joe’s story of when they met, which would have been during Spring Break in Cancun March 2003 (and the same time MTV was taping ‘The Real Cancun’) when Melissa was 24; Melissa stated it was when she was 21, but she’s obviously lying.

Joe told Ryan Seacrest that he first saw Melissa during Spring Break in Cancun (when she was 24, which would have been March 2003), but he claims that he didn’t speak to her (even though he said to himself ‘that’s my wife). He said that he randomly ran into her six months later in a club at the Jersey shore, which would have been around October 2003.

In June 2011, Joe and Melissa told Ryan Seacrest:

“I was in Cancun. I was sitting in the pool and I had a girl on the right and a girl on the left. They were fighting over me. Kissing one, kissing the other one. As I was doing the turn, I saw this girl across the pool, curly hair, leopard bikini, sunglasses. I look over to my best friend while I’m holding these two girls and say ‘that’s my wife’.” However, they did not even speak while in Cancun. It wasn’t until they got back to New Jersey that they randomly met. “We were out, we were down at a beach club and he came up to me and said ‘you’re the girl form the pool,’ he was persistent. It took him a couple of times, I didn’t give him my number right a way,” Melissa says. “He freaked me out a bit, he told me what I had on, the hotel I was at, the sunglasses I had on, he remembered how my hair was.”

A year later, in July 2012, Melissa described their first encounter to Examiner.com. She stated that she first met Joe when she was 21, which would have been 2000 and not 2003; however, her timeline doesn’t make sense, so she has to be lying about her age at the time they met (she probably lied to cover up the fact that Joe Gorga was 28 and well beyond the age for partying with college kids during Spring Break). During the interview with Examiner.com, she also said they met again back in New Jersey in the summer:

“Originally we saw each other on Spring Break in Cancun, we were so young! I was there for my 21st birthday and he was 25 and everyone from New York and New Jersey would always go to Cancun for Spring Break. We were both there and he was there with his friends and he says that I went walking by with my girlfriends and my bikini, and he remembers everything that I was wearing like it was yesterday. He pointed to me and said, ‘That’s going to be my wife’. His best friend that was with him confirmed this story all the time, so that was kind of the first time we met unofficially. Then we were back in New Jersey in the summer at a Beach Club and he saw me and it just went from there.”

In May 2011, Melissa told a similar story to NorthJersey.com but didn’t give her age or the year they met:

Their paths first crossed during a spring break in Cancún. “He saw me … and he looked at his best friend and said, ‘That’s gonna be my wife’,” says Gorga, who adds that when they ran into each other back in Jersey, “he came over to me and said, ‘I saw you in your leopard bikini in Cancún.’ I said, ‘Well, why didn’t you talk to me?’ He said, ‘Well, you didn’t look like you wanted to talk.’ And it went from there.”

In her most recent rendition of their love story, in April 2012, Melissa said Joe Gorga used to come see her when she was a bartender at Lookers Gentleman’s Club while in college. According to a ‘pay register ’ that she released in December 2011, she worked at Lookers the entire 2003 calendar year.

Here’s how she describes the early stages of their relationship, when she was 24 years old:

“It was one of those things that we went out on a first date and we saw each other every day after. We both just knew, we were at the age when we were ready to settle down. I was graduating college and he was 28 and he was done partying, so it was a good time for us really. It was instant, we were engaged six months after we met and we were married four months later, so within a year we were married. It was one of the things where I think a lot of people wait because when you’re younger you don’t have the money for the house or the wedding, but we were fortunate in that regard and it just worked for us.”

Here’s an excerpt from Melissa’s Bravo blog, “Like a Prayer”, where she gives another story about how they met:

“I think a big misconception about me and Joe is that we got married and were just rich and had everything we could ever want. Not true. When I first met Joe and for the first few years we were married, he owned a landscaping company. We did well for two newlyweds in our 20s, but nothing like we are now. We worked for it together.

From the day we got engaged, Joe asked me to work in his office as his secretary and suggested not going into the school system to be a teacher. I had just graduated college and really wanted my own classroom. I did go to a teachers’ fair and got hired as a teacher, but after discussing it with Joe, I decided not to take the job and to work with him in his office. Joe felt like with me backing him up rather than have a stranger running things, we would make the business more successful.

Well Joe was right. I worked in that office 9 to 5 Monday through Friday and did it. Even when Antonia was born, I used to bring her and all her toys to the office and I would work all day with her there. It wasn’t always easy. There were times (like the one you heard me remind Joe of) that we couldn’t even buy diapers when Gino was first born. 2008 was definitely a hard year. We had invested in real estate and the market went sour. I’m sure everyone remembers that and is still feeling the effects of the economy.

Joe and I are gamblers, and I mean that in a good way. We take chances and sometimes we win and sometimes we lose, but as long as we have our two hands and each other, we can always get back on top, and that’s what we did.”

In season 3 episode 6, Joe tells the the story of how they met in Cancun, and he says she was working three jobs at the time and explains how he promised her he’d put her on a pedestal. Melissa had her boob job in the photo above, at age 24, as a college student, studying to be a teacher. In season 4 episode 20, Melissa says she was a second-grade teacher when she was bartending at Lookers in 2003. However, in her April 2012 she told Examiner.com that she was in college (she didn’t graduate from college until January 2004 — see photo below of her college diploma, which she tweeted on September 24, 2012) when Joe visited her while she was working at Lookers (which, according to her pay register, was in 2003). During part 3 of the season 4 reunion special, Joe Gorga said Melissa was a teacher when he met her and in the next breath says she was in college when her met her. So their story is falling apart because they can’t keep their lies straight.

“My college degree;.) #rhonj http://t.co/kFtzK3yc” – Melissa Gorga, September 24, 2012, Twitter

Why would a 24-year-old working her way through college to become a elementary school teacher need, or have the money to pay for, a boob job unless someone helped her out, like maybe her bosses at Lookers (and why would they pay for them unless there was something in it for them)?

I was blessed with a pretty sexy ass, so I wear short shorts to tease: ‘I know you want me, but stay over there’.” – Melissa Gorga, season 4 episode 6

Timeline from season 3 episode 6, etc.:

She moved to Florida with her mother and had a lesbian relationship as a 16-year-old in 1995, she was arrested for ‘retail theft’ at age 18 in Florida in 1997, she graduated from Boca Raton High School in 1998, she moved back to New Jersey sometime after 1998, she started dating Joe in October 2003, she moved in with him in December 2003, she graduated from New Jersey City University in January 2004, and she married Joe in August 2004.

TRANSCRIPT of Melissa Gorga admitting she LIED about being a teacher and was never a teacher PLUS VIDEO:

From the August 2011 MyFox video (when asked about what she was doing before being on RHONJ):

“I was a stay at home mom, I went to school to become a teacher, I never actually went and got the job, I graduated and got engaged all at the same time and my husband wanted me to run his business for him.”

From the season 4 finale at the Posche Fashion Show (taped on September 27, 2011):

Melissa: “First of all I was a school teacher, it’s very different from being a dancer. When your brother met me I was a school teacher do you understand that?”

Teresa: “No, you were going to college.”

Melissa: “And I was teaching second grade.”

LINK: http://www.realitytea.com/2012/04/12/exclusive-melissa-gorga-talks-family-drama-her-music-stripper-rumors-and-how-reality-television-has-affected-her-life/

Video of Fox Good Day New York (6 minutes into video — it is the LAST one posted on the blog link):
http://stoopidhousewives.com/2012/09/28/real-housewives-of-new-jersey-10-things-from-taping-the-rhonj-reunion-show

Source for Photo:

Photo: NJGuido.com

Website URL http://www.nlsociety.com

TheMoo, AMoussa, NLSociety.com Founder and Creator, Member Since 13 Jan 2003

The NLSociety.com has a forum where in 2003 members were discussing the Lookers’ dancer wearing the cross:

http://www.nlsociety.com/forum/index.php/topic/16869-lookers/
[Warning: some of the language is crude]

I copied some of that 2003 discussion about the “Lookers’ dancer wearing the cross” (which sounds like Melissa) here:

http://famewhorgas.wordpress.com/2012/09/09/melissa-gorga-lookers-dancer-wearing-the-cross-in-2003/

So let’s summarize: NJGuido.com has photos of Melissa partying in 2003, and that site also runs the NLSociety.com forum where in 2003 members were discussing the hot Catholic-girl dancers at Lookers and the dancer with fake boobs and wearing a cross.

For another photo of Melissa Marco at NJGuido.com, posted April 7, 2003, click on the link below (photo labeled, “This pinned topic is for you to share who or what picture is hot for the week. Hotties of the week”):

http://www.njguido.com/forum/index.php/topic/2833-hotties-of-the-week-weekly-pic-post/

To quote Melissa:

“I think there are far too many ‘kawinkydinks’ and the writing is on the wall.”

Related:

  • ‘Tommy the Greek’ from Marlboro, NJ, is the Man That Melissa Gorga Wanted
    “You have pulled Teresa and Joe away from each other by manipulating his own thinking. When is enough enough? You were nothing more then a simple girl who wore imitation clothing to try to fit in or always wore the pink fuzzy sweater everywhere you went. You targeted only men with money and did anything for them to gain their acceptance. You ‘stalked’ Tommy the Greek from Marlboro, NJ, and did whatever he wished even though you knew he was using you. You even went to the extreme of following him in nightclub bathrooms. His family didn’t except (sic) you and you ‘settled’ for Joe because of the home he lived in. Joe comes from a proud Italian, old fashioned family with morals and values. But you managed to manipulate his mind and because his family is supportive, you were excepted (sic).”

    “You were nothing more then a handoff from Joe’s friends, wasn’t he third in line? Love at first sight my ass. Yea he saw you in Cancun while his and your friends had ‘fun’ from the very first day, but you wanted nothing to do with him until he caught up with you at Lookers with one of his friends you were actually going out with. Another joke. F*cking hand me down. Then you found out he had money and you went on the prawl. Shall I continue? Nah, I’ll save it for when Penny gets on the show and one at a time we’ll be getting our hair done by Penny and Robert and exposing everything. Oh, you remember Robert don’t you? Lol, Season 5 will be interesting.”
  • Melissa Gorga “Settled” for Joe
    “Yes you met him on spring break, but you didn’t give him the time of day and said he was too short and not your type. Joe was persistent though, I’ll give him that. Once you saw he was a hard working man with money in his pocket, nice home, and can easily manipulate him, you locked him in.”
  • Real Housewives of New Jersey Melissa Gorga’s Ex Was a Girl Who Reveals Melissa’s Lesbian Past!
  • Is Joe Gorga Gay, Does He ‘Swim in the Man Pond?’; Is Melissa Gorga a Closet Lesbian?
  • Melissa Marco was arrested on July 16, 1997 for “retail theft” in Palm Beach County, Florida

Was Melissa Gorga an Exotic Dancer or Stripper?

September 9, 2012 35 comments

“Angelo Vrohidis was at the Posche fashion show on September 27, 2011, with a table of people from the salon [Salon La Chateau Allure]. He is friends with the salon owners [Penny Drossos and John Karagiorgis] and was formerly a manager at Lookers, the gentleman’s club where Melissa worked in 2003, the year she met Joe Gorga. So ALLEGEDLY, the morning of the fashion show while Teresa is getting her hair done, Angelo comes up to her and asks about Melissa …Teresa tells him she doesn’t want to hear/talk about it. That night at the fashion show, Angelo confronts Melissa, who jumps up and runs to the bathroom all the while saying to the other housewives that Teresa set her up. This was when Jacqueline went nuts, saying Teresa DID this to poor Melissa! And the next day Jacqueline doesn’t show up for the reunion. ALLEGEDLY the people from the salon [the owners] and Lookers had a bone of their own to pick with Melissa. Right after this happened, Melissa started sending out information that she never danced … she just bartended. But the people calling her out all tell a different story; and Penny, along with several others, has been contracted by Bravo to NOT mention anything until this show airs.” [pjkacper, June 22, 2012, Bravo's Message Board]

Penny Drossos and John Karagiorgis claim that Bravo had nothing to do with Angelo being at their salon just before the PFS, that it was not planned for Angelo to confront Melissa at the PFS, and that Bravo did not setup Melissa. But it seems unlikely that the events leading up to the confrontation could be a total coincidence—in the least, it appears Penny and Johnny invited Angelo (and Kim D) to the salon (and later the PFS), and he was the one who informed Bravo of Melissa’s past working at Lookers. Bravo took advantage of the opportunity to capture on camera the reunion between Angelo and Melissa during filming at the PFS at the end of season 4 by (1) encouraging Angelo to approach Melissa on camera at the PFS, and (2) getting Melissa to confront Teresa on camera and have her admit to what Angelo told her at the salon — that Melissa used to work for him as a dancer.

Melissa has threatened to sue people for calling her a stripper, but she has not made the same threat for calling her a dancer. Lookers’ girls don’t strip: they dance around in thongs and bras or other outfits while selling cocktails. There was a discussion on the NLS Society forum in November 2003 about the dancer wearing a ‘cross around her neck’ with a ‘fake chest.’ According to her pay register, she was working there at the time. So it’s really just semantics, and she is telling the truth when she says she wasn’t a stripper… If they don’t take their clothes off and wear lingerie the whole time, then they’re not truly stripping, they’re ‘dancing.’

On September 30, 2011, Melissa said on her website:

Even if I had been a dancer, I do not know why anyone would care 10 years later.”

Video from Posche Fashion Show September 27, 2011 — The One Where Melissa Accuses Teresa of Outing Her as a Stripper/Dancer from Lookers (Taken by an Innocent Bystander) — Everyone is Ignoring Teresa

Click Image to Play Video:
http://www.twitvid.com/JBKKT

If Melissa was never a stripper/dancer at Lookers as she claims, then how could anyone set her up?

“Melissa, if you don’t want everyone to know you stripped for any man who would toss a dollar bill at you, well, you shouldn’t have agreed to do this show.” – Rosalie Marie, Penny Drossos Says Melissa Gorga Is Lying About Her Past And Was A Stripper!, April 22, 2012, AllAboutTRH.com

StoopidHousewives Uncovered a Lead Producer at RHONJ Who Was Biased Against Teresa Giudice

Why do viewers get the feeling that the show is a Teresa Giudice bashfest? Let lead RHONJ producer, “Cat” Rodriguez’ tweets tell the story!

Using the twitter name @YourFriendKitty, Co-Executive Producer “Cat” has communicated frequently with the New Jersey crew… except for Teresa Giudice! “Cat” also stepped in at the Posche Fashion Show… something that is a no-no for a “reality” producer … to assist in defending Melissa Gorga when things got a bit rocky after Melissa’s ex-boss from Lookers showed up!

Ms. Rodriguez is no longer Co-Executive Producer of the RHONJ. Don’t know the REAL reason she was let go from her duties at the RHONJ… can only surmise that either ratings dropped or that Bravo caught on to her obvious bias toward everyone but Tree! Ms. Rodriguez is also NOT listed on IMDB in any producer capacity

http://stoopidhousewives.com/2012/08/11/real-housewives-of-new-jersey-who-killed-seasons-three-and-four-of-rhonj-a-little-kitty-did/

In October and November of 2011, Melissa Pointed a Finger at Teresa, Accusing Her of Setting Her Up

At the Posche fashion show on September 27, 2011 (filmed the evening before the reunion for season 3 was filmed), Melissa pointed a finger at Teresa Giudice, accusing her of masterminding the plot to bring Melissa’s old boss from Lookers to the show to expose on camera Melissa’s past as a dancer for the Gentlemen’s club.

“Someone desperately wants to knock me down and prove that I have something to hide, but then tries to cover it up by putting the blame on production,” Melissa told Celebuzz on October 1, 2011.

“Someone takes a chance when they shouldn’t have,” Melissa told TheInsider.com on October 12, 2011. “When you do something, you simply need to own up to it. If you’re gonna throw it out there, own it, say, ‘Yes I said it and I did it.’ It’s very difficult for me to deal with someone who’ll poke you and then say, ‘That wasn’t me, I didn’t poke you’… If you throw it out there and do it, you need to own it.”

After all the kissing and making up seen at the end of last season, Melissa’s husband Joe Gorga is ‘disgusted’ with his table tipping sibling once again.”

“Teresa ‘tried to set me up’ and is back to her old tricks, Melissa told Media Bistro on November 30, 2011, without giving anything away.

Melissa Later Has Since Changed Her Story But She Is Still Pointing the Finger, Just in a More Subtle Way

Reality Tea interviewed her on April 12, 2012, and this is her newest claim:

“I’m almost sure the stripper thing is the finale,” Melissa hinted. “I was a little upset at the time. I felt so set-up. And the other girls saw it and they were getting so upset over it. We just didn’t know who to look at; we didn’t know who to blame. And you know certain signs point to certain things and there’s little clues here and there. But until I watch it play out on TV… I’m sure there’s things that I don’t know yet, that I haven’t seen, that other people have shot. Until I really see it play out I’m not going to point my finger at anyone. In the long run, it doesn’t hurt me.”

According to Reality Tea, Melissa admits that the guy (Angelo) who confronted her during the Posche fashion show (PFS) actually spoke to Teresa.

“He didn’t even say it to my face,” Melissa reveals. “And supposedly [this conversation], it went on behind my back with my sister-in-law and it didn’t happen in front of my face. I wish he would have said it to me so I could have been able to defend myself. I wasn’t even able to say ‘that’s not true!’”

Reality Tea asked Melissa: “Why do you think he confronted Teresa with these allegations? ” Melissa answered:

“Well, that’s the tricky part. That’s the part that we’re trying to figure out. How it was all so conveniently Teresa had met him earlier in the day and Teresa had went to a salon and got her hair done and he just happened to be there and he just happened to come to the Posche Fashion Show… I’m not pointing finger at anyone, because I don’t have facts and that’s not fair. But it just doesn’t feel right. I just don’t wanna believe that anyone would do that to me, especially someone who is part of my family.”

Melissa (along with her husband and all the other housewives) did point her finger at Teresa:

“She says she doesn’t want to point fingers, yet mentions that it’s ‘convenient’ that Teresa had her hair done at the salon (Salon La Chateau Allure) that day (the same salon she always uses) and that he was there (Angelo Vrohidis is friends with the owners, Penny and Johnny Karagiorgis). She’s absolutely pointing fingers, just in a sneaky way; and she’s still doing it even after Angelo specifically said Teresa was not involved.” [Hannavas, April 13, 2012, AllAboutTRH.com]

Since She Doesn’t Know How Bravo Will Spin It, Melissa Has Setup a Scenario Where She Can Blame Editing for Making Teresa Look Innocent

According to Reality Tea on April 12, 2012, “Melissa is waiting to see how it plays out on TV to get answers”:

“Bravo has magic,” Melissa hints. “We’ll see which way they play it.”

When interviewed by RHWGossip on January 14, 2012, Jacqueline said Bravo will make Teresa appear innocent:

“Jacqueline did say Teresa will appear INNOCENT of any wrongdoing in regards to the set up!”

Mimi on AllAboutTRH summed it up perfectly on April 17, 2012:

“Melissa is plainly delusional and is in damage control mode, just like Caroline with her interview yesterday. The way they are behaving leads me to believe that they know Bravo is no longer on the hate Teresa train — they got off a few stops ago. So now that Bravo will show what really happened, they are trying to control the damage. Just last week, in that horrible Realty Tea article, Mel said something to the effect of ‘you never know which way Bravo is going to spin it’. They are already gearing up to blame editing on how they will come across. Since her little story about Teresa setting her up at the fashion show has blown up in her face, Mel is now trying to say all kinds of other things.”

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According to Reality Tea, Melissa believes the entire thing started with a group of people [including Penny and her husband Johnny] who want to get on the show and want to be Housewives, so they were starting drama to catch Bravo’s attention. This is the same excuse Melissa used when she was put on blast by Sherri Shepherd for the altercation with her stylist at a Heather Robinson’s VIP birthday party — it got Bravo’s attention and Melissa was cast the next season.

Melissa is blaming the setup on a group of people ‘starting drama to catch Bravo’s attention’ — Melissa would know because that is exactly what she did — she fed rumors about Teresa to Danielle Staub — and it worked because she got Bravo’s attention. Then she sealed the deal with an audition tape for Bravo where she promised to expose and destroy Teresa if Bravo cast her.

Back on September 30, 2011, Just After the PFS (Which Was Held on September 27, 2011) Melissa Stated on Her Website That Teresa Staged This Whole Thing to ‘Expose’ Her for Being Something She Wasn’t

There have been a lot of rumors floating around over the last few days that I want to clear up. As everyone knows we are filming season 4 so there is not too much I can confirm, but there is one thing that I would like to clarify…the accusation that I was once a dancer at a strip club. This is 100% NOT TRUE. I did bartend for a few weeks at a bikini bar while I was in college. My outfit was a tank top, shorts and sneakers. SORRY, no bubbies there. You will have a better chance at seeing some nudity on the episode this Sunday. Thanks to the always shy Joe Gorga!

The reason I am so adamant about clearing this up is because people are making false accusations solely to hurt me and my family. Someone desperately wants to knock me down and prove that I have something to hide, but then tries to cover it up by putting the blame on production. I have been happily married to my husband for 7 years and we have 3 beautiful children.

Even if I had been a dancer, I do not know why anyone would care 10 years later.

So here is a FACT for you: New Jersey State Law states that no Go Go bar can have any sort of nudity and serve alcohol. *State of New Jersey Department of Law & PublicSafety, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Alcoholic Beverage Control Handbook; page 34 (”Go-Go Dancers”).

Thank you so much for all of your support. I love you guys!

Xoxo

Melissa

Prior to Releasing These ‘Paystubs’ in December 2011, Gorga said on Her Website on September 30, 2011

“I did bartend for a few weeks at a bikini bar while I was in college. My outfit was a tank top, shorts and sneakers. Even if I had been a dancer, I do not know why anyone would care 10 years later.”

In her Bravo blog on April 30, 2012, she changed her story to fit with the time frame of the pay register she released:

“I put myself through college with the help of my godfather and worked three jobs doing it. I was substitute teaching, working in a tanning salon, and bar tending one night a week.” [Melissa Gorga, Like a Prayer, April 30, 2012]

A few weeks earlier, on April 12, 2012, Melissa was interviewed by one of her favorite blogs, Reality Tea. She said Joe Gorga used to come see her when she was a bartender at Lookers Gentleman’s Club while in college. She also said she couldn’t remember when she graduated college [she graduated college in 2004, the same year she married Joe, so of course she remembers... she avoided answering the question because she was caught off guard and feared she might contradict one of her lies].

Reality Tea: So, the infamous ‘stripper rumors…’ How did Joe and your family handle hearing those things about you? Was it stressful?

Melissa Gorga: Lookers’ Dancer Wearing the Cross in 2003, Gold-digger and Cheater?; How Did Melissa and Joe Gorga Meet? (Updated 9/30/2012)

September 9, 2012 10 comments

“Danielle was NOT at the reunion but Kim D was! Kim D owns a boutique, and the season 4 finale will feature her glamorous Posche Fashion Show where Melissa gets called a stripper from her former manager [Angelo from Lookers]. That episode will show Joe Gorga swearing and disrespecting Kim D. My insider reveals that when the two are face to face at the reunion taping, Joe Gorga apologizes for the things he says to Kim D, but she isn’t having it! My insider reveals that Kim D also says she was later aware that Angelo was going to call Melissa a stripper; and she says she has an agenda with Melissa because, in the past, Melissa purposely promoted other boutiques and has bashed Kim D. Kim D says Teresa had nothing to do with Melissa’s former manager [at Lookers] calling Melissa out on being a dancer! Melissa’s former manager [at Lookers] Angelo Vrohidis has also denied Teresa had anything to do with it.” [AllAboutTRH EXCLUSIVE Details On What Went On At The Season 4 RHONJ Reunion!, September 9, 2012]

“Watching the episode brought back so many emotions. I was sick. It makes me want to stand in front of Teresa and scream at her. It makes my skin crawl… I was a bartender. Lookers [where she knew Angelo] was not even a strip club. There was no nudity. It was girls wearing bikinis. There were no lap dances, no back room. I wore black shorts, a white tank top and sneakers.” – Melissa Gorga, September 19, 2012, Us Weekly

By the way Melissa, you and I and many know that at Lookers even the bartenders dance. I should know! It’s called Bartender’s Royal…I have pay stubs. But I may of danced! Isn’t that where you really met Joe G who lol was a regular at Lookers & many others gogo bars in Linden…or as you say lol bikini bars. NO SUCH THING AS A BIKINI BAR. It’s called GOGO bar…Joe was a great tipper & loved the girls! Of course this is my opinion…“wink wink.” Right Joey G. Thanks for the shower. Meaning throwing money at the dancer. – Hailey, January 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm, AllAboutTRH

Was Melissa Gorga the ‘Dancer’ Wearing the Cross at Lookers in 2003?

The following forum discussion in 2003 by patrons of Lookers mentions a dancer with a “fake chest” who “wears a cross around her neck.” This dancer could be Melissa Marco Gorga and, if so, then she definitely danced off the clock at Lookers in addition to bartending on the clock.

From NLSociety Forum [Warning - some of the language is crude]:

Started by GuidoMASTER, Nov 17 2003 11:41 PM

GuidoMASTER
Posted 17 November 2003 – 11:41 PM
in there wear a cross around there neck while playing with themselves in front of me, makes me feel shaddy stuffing 5 bucks down your fake chest with Jesus right there watching. Anyone else feel weird when this happens? That place had some of the hottest, most sexiest dancers I have seen in years. Where do they come from? Why don’t the girls I hang out with look like that? HOLYSHIT. Its amazing what cosmetic surgery could do. Place is full of Catholic girls. Place is GREAT.

Bryce_Paradyce
Posted 18 November 2003 – 12:56 AM
I agree…Lookers does have some of the best talent in the area. The cross necklace is kinda weird, but no where near as bad as a wedding ring. Why the *beep* would I wanna give a married chick $$$ when she’s only bringing it home to her family????? Then I realize I’m only there to have fun w/ my buddies…who gives a *beep* if she looks good and entertains you?

TheLegendKiller
Posted 17 November 2003 – 11:52 PM
That has to be one of the hottest strip clubs in NJ. No doubt they have the hottest girls in there. The only problem with that place is, the girls don’t ever *beep* stop coming around looking for money. It is like a conveyer belt, it just never stops. I like the more shady strip clubs……

QTwitaBUTI
Posted 18 November 2003 – 12:42 AM
are they completely nude?? or just topless???

TheLegendKiller
Posted 18 November 2003 – 12:48 AM
Neither……..They sell alcohol…

QTwitaBUTI
Posted 18 November 2003 – 12:49 AM
so then what do they do….???

TheLegendKiller
Posted 18 November 2003 – 12:51 AM
They have thongs and bras or other outfits…….

QTwitaBUTI
Posted 18 November 2003 – 12:53 AM
but they play with themselves in front of guys??? i thought girls only did that at strip clubs…and why do u give them money if they have clothes on??

QTwitaBUTI
Posted 18 November 2003 – 01:00 AM
so basically they just dance in underwear for you at this place and make a lot of money….sh*t i could do that!!

TheLegendKiller
Posted 18 November 2003 – 12:56 AM
I never saw that at Lookers…Some girl playing with herself.

freeyayo
Posted 18 November 2003 – 02:51 AM
It happens….

TheLegendKiller
Posted 18 November 2003 – 01:09 AM
and if you wanna dance, I’m sure something can be worked out when we get there with the Mgr.

http://www.nlsociety.com/forum/index.php/topic/16869-lookers/

Photos from Lookers’ Facebook Page:

Melissa has threatened to sue people for calling her a stripper, but she has not made the same threat for calling her a dancer. Lookers’ girls don’t strip: they dance around in thongs and bras or other outfits while selling cocktails. So it’s really just semantics, and she is telling the truth when she says she wasn’t a stripper… If they don’t take their clothes off and wear lingerie the whole time, then they’re not truly stripping, they’re ‘dancing.’

How Did Joe and Melissa Gorga Meet?

Here’s what Teresa knows (from RHONJ season 3 episode 6): Melissa started dating Joe in October 2003, moved in with him in December 2003, and married him in August 2004. In RHONJ season 3 episode 6, Joe tells the the story of how they met in Cancun, and he says she was working three jobs at the time. Melissa was working at Lookers in 2003 (she worked there the entire year, according to her ‘pay register’, even though she said that she was “a bartender for a couple of months years ago, it was such a short time”), so she was working at Lookers when Joe met and dated her.

Prior to releasing her Lookers’ ‘pay register’ in December 2011 (which showed she worked at Lookers the full 2003 calendar year) to prove she was only a bartender not a dancer, Gorga said on her website on September 30, 2011:

“I did bartend for a few weeks at a bikini bar while I was in college. My outfit was a tank top, shorts and sneakers… Even if I had been a dancer, I do not know why anyone would care 10 years later.” [Melissa Gorga, Her Website, September 30, 2011]

In her Bravo blog on April 30, 2012, she changed her story to fit with the time frame of the pay register she released, which show that she worked at Lookers for the full 2003 calendar year:

“I put myself through college with the help of my godfather and worked three jobs doing it. I was substitute teaching, working in a tanning salon, and bar tending one night a week.” [Melissa Gorga, Like a Prayer, April 30, 2012]

A few weeks earlier, on April 12, 2012, Melissa was interviewed by one of her favorite blogs, Reality Tea. She said Joe Gorga used to come see her when she was a bartender at Lookers Gentleman’s Club while in college.

In season 4 episode 20, filmed on September 27, 2011, she said on camera that she worked at Lookers less than a week, and hated it.

In an interview with Ryan Seacrest in June 2011, Joe claims to have first seen her in a leopard bikini in Cancun (a source said this was during Spring Break, which would have been in March 2003 – see below, “Melissa Gorga ‘Settled’ For Joe”) but that he didn’t even speak to her (even though he said to himself ‘that’s my wife). He claims that he randomly ran into her six months later in a club at the Jersey shore (which would have been October 2003). If he said to himself in Cancun, ‘that’s my wife’, why didn’t he approach her then; it doesn’t make sense at all to say that but not try to actually meet her (how did he expect to make her his wife if he didn’t even introduce himself to her… how would he know that he’d ever run into her again… supposedly he didn’t even know who she was, where she was from or what was her name). It seems more likely that he introduced himself to her in Cancun and they hung out but she blew him off because he was “too short and not her type.” And it wasn’t until six months later, back in New Jersey, that she finally gave in to his persistence after seeing “he was a hard working man with money in his pocket, a nice home, and she could easily manipulate him.”

“I was in Cancun. I was sitting in the pool and I had a girl on the right and a girl on the left. They were fighting over me. Kissing one, kissing the other one. As I was doing the turn, I saw this girl across the pool, curly hair, leopard bikini, sunglasses. I look over to my best friend while I’m holding these two girls and say ‘that’s my wife’.” However, they did not even speak while in Cancun. It wasn’t until they got back to New Jersey that they randomly met. “We were out, we were down at a beach club and he came up to me and said ‘you’re the girl form the pool,’ he was persistent. It took him a couple of times, I didn’t give him my number right a way,” Melissa says. “He freaked me out a bit, he told me what I had on, the hotel I was at, the sunglasses I had on, he remembered how my hair was.”

http://ryanseacrest.com/2011/06/24/real-housewives-star-melissa-gorga- says-critics-will-be-surprised-by-debut-single-audio/

In May 2011, Melissa told a similar story to NorthJersey.com. Here’s an excerpt:

Their paths first crossed during a spring break in Cancún. “He saw me … and he looked at his best friend and said, ‘That’s gonna be my wife,’ ” says Gorga, who adds that when they ran into each other back in Jersey, “he came over to me and said, ‘I saw you in your leopard bikini in Cancún.’ I said, ‘Well, why didn’t you talk to me?’ He said, ‘Well, you didn’t look like you wanted to talk.’ And it went from there.”

http://www.northjersey.com/arts_entertainment/121849684_Two_new_families_bring_more_humor_to__Real_Housewives_of_New_Jersey_.html

In July 2012, Melissa told the story again, but claimed she was 21 when they first met at Spring Break in Cancun, which would have been March 2000, but this is obviously is a lie since she then goes on to say they met again back in New Jersey in the summer, which both she and Joe claim was in 2003:

“Originally we saw each other on Spring Break in Cancun, we were so young! I was there for my 21st birthday and he was 25 and everyone from New York and New Jersey would always go to Cancun for Spring Break. We were both there and he was there with his friends and he says that I went walking by with my girlfriends and my bikini, and he remembers everything that I was wearing like it was yesterday. He pointed to me and said, ‘That’s going to be my wife’. His best friend that was with him confirmed this story all the time, so that was kind of the first time we met unofficially. Then we were back in New Jersey in the summer at a Beach Club and he saw me and it just went from there.”

They married in 2004, less than a year after meeting in 2003 when she was 24, so her timeline doesn’t add up because three years didn’t lapsed between the time he first saw her in Cancun and the time he ran into her again in the summer at the Jersey shore.

“It was one of those things that we went out on a first date and we saw each other every day after. We both just knew, we were at the age when we were ready to settle down. I was graduating college and he was 28 and he was done partying, so it was a good time for us really. It was instant, we were engaged six months after we met and we were married four months later, so within a year we were married. It was one of the things where I think a lot of people wait because when you’re younger you don’t have the money for the house or the wedding, but we were fortunate in that regard and it just worked for us.”

http://www.examiner.com/article/real-housewife-of-new-jersey-melissa-gorga-exclusive-interview?cid=rss

She said she ‘was graduating’ college when they married in 2004, so she didn’t graduate until she was 24. Just a couple months prior to this interview, she told Reality Tea (April 12, 2012 article above), that she couldn’t remember the year she graduated college, which was the year she married, according to this July 2012 interview. She was lying to Reality Tea (of course she remembers—it was the same year she got married!) because she knew her timeline didn’t add up.

From AllAboutTRH’s post, “Melissa Gorga ‘Settled’ for Joe:”

“Yes you met him on spring break, but you didn’t give him the time of day and said he was too short and not your type. Joe was persistent though, I’ll give him that. Once you saw he was a hard working man with money in his pocket, nice home, and can easily manipulate him, you locked him in.”

http://www.allabouttrh.com/melissagorgasettles/

From a source at AllAboutTRH:

“You have pulled Teresa and Joe away from each other by manipulating his own thinking. When is enough enough? You were nothing more then a simple girl who wore imitation clothing to try to fit in or always wore the pink fuzzy sweater everywhere you went. You targeted only men with money and did anything for them to gain their acceptance. You ‘stalked’ Tommy the Greek from Marlboro, NJ, and did whatever he wished even though you knew he was using you. You even went to the extreme of following him in nightclub bathrooms. His family didn’t except you and you ‘settled’ for Joe because of the home he lived in. Joe comes from a proud Italian, old fashioned family with morals and values. But you managed to manipulate his mind and because his family is supportive, you were excepted.”

http://www.allabouttrh.com/melissagorgasettles/

This goes back to Teresa at the reunion insisting that Melissa told her:

“I wasn’t stupid like my sisters; of course when I saw his house I was going to jump on that shit.”

http://www.aoltv.com/2011/10/17/teresa-melissa-gold-digger-real-housew ives-nj-video

Melissa and Kathy attacked Teresa: Kathy claiming she said something other than that (but not actually denying that she said that as well) and Melissa denying it ever happened. Teresa then said: “The truth comes out when you’re drinking.”

Above is a photo of the home in Franklin Lakes where Joe was living when he met Melissa in October 2003 (he bought the lot in 2001 and built the home in 2002-2003). He sold it to LaVar Arrington (formerly of the Washington Red Skins and NY Giants) for $2.45 million in 2006 (for a profit well over $1 million, which is how he was able to buy the lot and build the mansion in Montville); LaVar resold it at a significant loss for $1.75 million in 2008.

On April 30, 2012, in her Bravo blog, The Teresa Apology Tour, Teresa Giudice addressed the rumors she heard about Melissa and explained in more detail her concerns that Melissa Gorga is a gold-digger:

“As for the whole ‘gold digger’ thing with Melissa, I’m very protective of my only brother. He was engaged two times before Melissa, and I hated seeing his heart broken every time things didn’t work out. After that, he did date a lot of women who were interested in him for all the wrong reasons. So when he and Melissa were dating, she was at dinner with my family and she made a comment about how when she saw my brother’s house and how well he was doing, she wasn’t stupid, that she wasn’t going to let him go. From our family’s history with actual gold diggers, you can imagine it wasn’t a great thing to hear. She probably said it from nerves and trying to be funny, but it rubbed me the wrong way.

“We live in a small town. I heard things about the type of guys Melissa dated before my brother, and I hear things I don’t like now. I pray they aren’t true. I hope my brother and Melissa stay married forever! I never should have brought it up on the show last season though, and I’m sorry. And I’ve learned not to bring up my concerns to my brother publicly or privately! It was a hard lesson, but I’ve learned it.”

‘Melissa’s Former Friend’ on March 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm said on AllAboutTRH.com:

Melissa,

You’re such a lying sack of sh*t. You were bragging to all how you want to take Teresa down way before you begged your way on the show. Top of everything else, Penny [Drossos Karagiorgis] now owns the same salon you went to and had your whole bridal party done at. Oh, you don’t remember or you’re just good at playing stupid? You are good at playing stupid!

Save your sh*t you pink sweater wearing, fake name brand wearing, Tommy Stalking, lap dancing, blow for blow bitch. We all know your lying pathetic ass. How was the Sushi Lounge 3 years ago? Who did you meet there? Did you tell Joe you were serving the Sushi? Lol.

You’re a joke and we are all lining up when Penny gets on to really put your bullsh*t ass On Display and on blast.

You were nothing more then a handoff from Joe’s friends, wasn’t he third in line? Love at first sight my ass. Yea he saw you in Cancun while his and your friends had “fun” from the very first day, but you wanted nothing to do with him until he caught up with you at Lookers with one of his friends you were actually going out with. Another joke. F*cking hand me down.

Then you found out he had money and you went on the prawl. Shall I continue? Nah, I’ll save it for when Penny gets on the show and one at a time we’ll be getting our hair done by Penny and Robert and exposing everything. Oh, you remember Robert don’t you? Lol, Season 5 will be interesting.

http://www.allabouttrh.com/melissa-gorga-plays-nice-while-joe-gorga-refuses

NM said on June 17, 2012, The Truth About Melissa Gorga and Her Bravo Audition Tape, at The Fame-Whorgas:

This was fantastic! I knew many of these facts but could not talk about them. The police report on Joe Gorga is the truth. Kathy also has 2 siblings with police records. I wish they would come to light. Heather Robinson is dying to get on the HWs. That’s why they brought her in for the hot-tub scene with Kathy’s sister. Melissa is very jealous of Heather. Joe Gorga called Kim D a Coke whore. Look at your own wife’s family JoeG & your cousins’ PD reports about drugs. We all live near each other. Albie & Greggy ARE VERY close! Caroline’s family is a complete mess. More needs to be exposed. This was a fantastic read. Thank you! Search hard and you will find the other police records. There is so much more that is hidden. #Fact – YOU’RE an open target when you become a public figure on The Telly! Teresa, you are a class act my dear. See you at your book signing. Melissa, I have had many a lunch dates with your sisters…Stop all the lies!…You never know how people talk when catching a buzz. Rich, you’re a slumlord…How’s the gas station doing? Caroline, I’m very glad Lauren got a lap-band. She’s very beautiful. Sad you trashed her on national TV. Wonder who I am? Don’t bother to send your investigators, I talk to you every week. Hmmmm…

Hailey says on April 25, 2012 at 8:38 am said on AllAboutTRH.com:

I said it before. Kathy has many family skeletons in her closet about her family! It will come out! Mel’s family has many also. All will come to light soon enough! Let’s all hear about the siblings of Kathy that she hides. Mel, your sisters and their husbands are pure drunks!

How Do Penny Drossos and Melissa Gorga Know Each Other?

Radio Interview with Penny Drossos of Bravo’s ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ on WTBQ-FM, April 11, 2012:

“Penny has a long history with Melissa, and knew Melissa long before her housewife days. In fact, when Melissa was casted for RHONJ, she actually called Penny [who she was not on good terms with her at the time] to boast.” [author unknown, anonymous e-mail published at StoopidHousewives.com]

“[Penny Drossos Karagiorgis], a well-educated former teacher turned businesswoman, was never a fan of Melissa ever since the self-proclaimed ‘Christian’ worked as a stripper at her family-owned strip club [Lookers Gentlemen’s Club]. Melissa must have never took a moment to think about her own skeletons when she made it her mission to …destroy Teresa Giudice… Joe did not meet Melissa in the romantic way of which they self-promote. Moreover, Joe Gorga was not even the man who Melissa was truly out for. In fact, the man who Melissa obsessed over [Tommy the Greek from Marlboro, NJ] was a very good friend of Penny’s, who Melissa tried to strategically use to receive the approval of the man and his family… Any educated human being would think Melissa has some sort of psychological disorder for passive aggressively going after the one woman who knows more about her than she probably knows about herself… The narcissistic Melissa and Joe Gorga may be coming after the Karagiorgis family in hopes that their bullying tactics will shut them up like it did Tre. However, this family is not stupid, nor desperate, and they know everything about Melissa from the manager who purchased her breast implants down to the hardcore d***s ‘Missy’ and Joe Gorga used in the same party environment that their children were present in [multiple times].”

The family’s twitter handles [where one can view the side of the tweet war which was not deleted] are as follows: @PDKHair, @JohnnyTheGrk, @WillLoveInc.

NOTE: There is much more to this email. The email contained “facts” which, if true, would certainly explain WHY Melissa and Tree’s relationship is so fractured. And… if these “facts” are true, it would only confirm what Tree has been saying all along about WHY Miss Andy/Bravo/NJ Producers EVER pursued Melissa as a Housewife.

http://stoopidhousewives.com/2011/12/02/let-it-fly-friday-that-damn-melissa-email-who-sent-the-email/

According to StoopidHousewives:

“The sender of the email included Will Love, Penny Drossos and Johnny Karagiorgio’s twitter accounts… read the original Melissa-bashing email sent to SH…HERE. StoopidHousewives called Penny’s salon in November 2011, as the salon name was included in the email. SH spoke briefly with a stunned Penny… obviously, she never expected a phone call! SH was told by Penny that she could not talk about anything! Penny did not confirm nor deny that she was the author of the email; Penny neither confirmed nor denied knowing the author of the email.”

Because of her Bravo contract for her part in season 4, Penny Drossos Karagiorgis cannot disclose all she knows about filming at her hair salon (Salon La Chateau Allure) and at the Posche Fashion Show on September 27, 2011. Here are her tweets prior to the above radio interview:

Penny Drossos ‏ @PDKHAIR
@oldnjlady yes unless it’s things pertaining to this season I can’t get into detail to do the contract I signed
In reply to Meagan Paige
Monday, April 9, 2012

Penny Drossos ‏ @PDKHAIR
@OldNJlady I promise this week I will answer anything u guys ask me !! Give me till Wednesday when I’m off ..promise
In reply to OldNJLady
Monday, April 9, 2012

Ilana Angel of the Jewish Journal interviewed Penny Drossos in early June 2012. Click here for the interview.

‘What a Joke’ on March 8, 2012 at 2:38 pm said at AllAboutTRH.com:

You know what’s funny about this whole Melissa bullsh*t, she’s still screwing around with a few of my boys from Bayonne, and Johnny The Greek knows everyone. My wife got me hooked on this HW crap, and now that Johnny and his wife Penny are gonna get on season 5, sh*t’s gonna hit the fan. Johnny knows all the boys: those still hitting it, those that are “away” that hit it, and those she gave it up for special items. Melissa is a ho & Joe is a clown. They’re screwed once Johnny & Penny get on.

http://www.allabouttrh.com/allabouttrh-exclusive-gorgas-are-having-money-trouble

‘The Source’ on April 9, 2012 at 9:33 pm said at AllAboutTRH.com:

Are you f*cking kidding me Melissa? Does this advice [include] meeting your ex at Sushi Lounge 2 years ago? Or your other ex’s in Bayonne or Lyndhurst?