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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

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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?