Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile Promote the ‘Other Poshe’; Richie Wakile Has Shady Business Dealings; Richie Gets New Teeth to Match Kathy’s New Nose and Lips
November 11, 2012 79 Comments
Richie Gets New Teefs to Match Kathy’s New Nose and Lips
Melissa Gorga and Kathy Wakile Promote the ‘Other Poshe’ Boutique
Kathy Wakile, Melissa Gorga, and Melissa’s sisters and mother spent 2012 actively promoting the ‘other Poshe’ boutique and even tried to get Bravo to film Fashion & Beauty Week instead of the Posche Fashion Show (PFS) of 2011 (the finale for season 4, which taped on September 27, 2011).
Kathy’s most recent effort to promote the ‘other Posche’ boutique over Kim D’s Posche was on October 24, 2012, when she tweeted about and attended the ‘Posh Boutique Masquerade Ball and Fashion Show’ (see photo and story below from Bergen.com):
“6pm tonite: Fashion Show with @KathyWakile at The Venetian in Garfield, and YOU’RE invited! https://www.facebook.com/events/276351692475721/276351695809054/ … @PoshBoutiqueNJ” – Retweeted by Kathy Wakile, October 24, 2012, Twitter
October 25, 2012
Posh Boutique held its Masquerade Ball and Fashion Show to benefit MarbleJam Kids at The Venetian last night in Garfield. The event was highlighted by host and “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Kathy Wakile.
The night featured a two-hour cocktail hour with open bar, a sit-down dinner, a fashion show, Red Carpet, vendor tables, raffles and a silent auction. It was broadcast live on the GFQ network with interviews by Chauuncey Haden and music by DJ Anthony D.
MarbleJam Kids of Tenafly is a NJ DDD authorized service provider of creative arts therapies and therapeutically supported after school enrichment programs for children through adults with autism spectrum disorders, related developmental disabilities, and special needs. The programs are social skills based and focus on providing an atmosphere of support and success. For more information about MarbleJam Kids, click here.
Kim D Is Aggravated That They Are Promoting the ‘Other Posche’ Boutique
Kim D is aggravated that Melissa is messing with her business by promoting the ‘other Posche’ boutique — as you can see, the store uses the same name as Kim D’s store, although it is spelled differently (Posh).
“Melissa started promoting this other store that keeps calling themselves the real Posh. I planned my fashion show last year for September 27th. Not five minutes later there was the other Posh fashion show — October 27th — with Melissa’s face promoting it. You want to go there and attack my business? There’s going to be problems. This is the way I make a living. I don’t have a rich husband. You want to go there? Then we’re gonna go there.” – Kim DePaola, RumorFix, September 18, 2012
Robyn Polay and Melissa Gorga Set Out on a Smear Campaign Against Kim D
On November 29, 2011, Will Love also said that Robyn Polay and Melissa set out on a smear campaign against Kim D:
“After Kim D simply expressed her loyalty and friendship to Teresa on multiple occasions, Melissa became furious with Kim. The fact that Kim simultaneously parted ways with Robyn [IlluminationPR, Melissa's PR person at the time] did not help matters either. In retaliation for Kim being a free thinker, Robyn and Melissa began a well thought out smear campaign. I witnessed, at least during half-a-dozen events, Robyn and her friends speak of Kim D as a ‘coke addict,’ ‘drug user,’ and claimed Kim would be out of business within six months.”
Just one week after the Posche Fashion Show on September 27, 2011 (the season 4 finale with the setup) the cast minus Teresa attended Fashion & Beauty Week (photo below). According to Will Love, Melissa and her PR agent, Robyn Polay of IlluminationPR (former agent to Teresa and now former agent to Melissa), “even went as far as to contact BRAVO weekly in hopes of persuading them to film the insignificant Fashion & Beauty Week as opposed to the annual Posche Fashion Show,” that “Robyn and Melissa were successful in blacklisting Kim D and Teresa from the supposed ‘charity’ fashion event,” and that their goal was to make it “appear as though Kim and Teresa were not wanted at an ‘esteemed’ fashion event.”
The Other Reason Kim D Setup Melissa Gorga
“The Gorgas owed Fabulous Foods $49,500 in Season 4. Joe Gorga never answered any form of communication from Fred, and initially paid Fred $500 then told him he would ‘take care of the rest’ via free construction work. Fred was taken back. He has one of the most beautiful homes in NJ – he needed the salary of a receipt he was owed, not $500 + pro-bono work. After months and months of getting nowhere, Fred got angry. He was about to go to the press regarding Joey G, but Kim D stopped him. Interestingly, it was at a house party of Kim D’s [which was filmed for season 4 but Bravo didn't air it] where the sh-t hit the fan. Bravo producers knew of what happened and asked Kim to bring it up at the party. Kim, knowing the show is half staged, assumed the other girls knew that this was going to happen and brought it up in front of Melissa. Missy went crazy and so did Joey G [this is the reason Melissa didn't want to go to the PFS and why Kim D called her to apologize and to encourage her to go, and why Melissa said on camera in season 4 that Kim D was spreading rumors about Joe Gorga's business dealings and that she didn't trust the Kims]. In Season 4 they deny it, even though initially Kim tried to help them by asking Fred to not go to the press. Remember when Joe Gorga said ‘hell no’ on the WWHL After Show when Andy asked Melissa if she got her dress at POSCHE. This is why – he was pissed that he got exposed.” – Insider Commenting at Reality Tea, September 17, 2011
Richie Wakile’s Shady Business Dealings
There was a 2009 story regarding Kathy Wakile’s husband Rich and his legal troubles for an unpaid gasoline bill from his supplier Exxon – some checks that bounced cash for insufficient funds (NSF) and some forged bank letters claiming the NSF checks were a bank error… all of this resulted in a money judgment against Rich and Adel Abouzid (most likely his business partner).
Rich owns a business called Wakile & Sons. His business partner Adel Abouzid wrote four NSF checks totaling over $113,450 to pay for gasoline from Exxon-Mobile for the gas station Rich owned/managed.
After the NSF checks were written, Exxon-Mobile received four letters from Wakile & Sons’ “bank” stating that all four checks were bank errors and not the fault of Wakile & Sons. Exxon Mobile were able to easily confirm that the bank never sent those letters and Adel Abouzid ended up admitting to forging the letters.
Rich’s company Wakile & Sons and Adel Abouzid were sued in March 2009 by Exxon Mobile.
Here is an excerpt from the legal document:
“On November 15, 2007, Exxon Mobile entered into a franchise agreement with Wakile & Sons to operate a gasoline station for a term commencing May 1, 2008 and ending April 30, 2011. Abouzid signed the agreement as the designed ‘key individual’ on behalf of Wakile. In July of 2008, Exxon alleges that defendants ‘began a pattern of having insufficient funds in its account… to pay for gasoline product deliveries.’ Wakile allegedly missed four payments returned as NSF (insufficient funds). Plaintiff purports to have received four letters addressed from the Wakile’s bank stating that the NSFs were due to ‘bank error’. Exxon claims that the Wakile’s bank advised Exxon that none of the letters were authentic and that Abouzid subsequently admitted to forging the four letters. According to Exxon, Wakile’s franchise was unable to pay for gasoline shipments and thus did not sell any gasoline from August 26, 2008 through September 3, 2008, or any time after September 16, 2008. Both parties executed a mutual termination agreement as to the franchise agreement of October 7, 2008. Exxon alleges that defendants have breached this agreement. Exxon alleges that while vacating the premises of the gasoline station, Abouzid ‘unlawfully removed and converted to [his] own use and possession’ equipment and property with an estimated replacement cost of $85,000.”
By Radar Online
September 26, 2012
Richard Wakile was taken to small claims court in Passaic County, NJ by Natural Paradise Landscaping over a $2,000 unpaid bill, and the judge ruled against him in court on Monday.
Louie Khalil, the owner of the landscaping company, exclusively told RadarOnline.com about the settlement the judge ordered Richard to pay.
“I don’t care about the money; I’m just glad the judge saw the truth,” Khalil said.
According to Louie, he was hired by the Wakiles to do the landscaping at their house and performed the services for a full year and was never paid, so he cut their service off in October 2011.
[Note that the Wakiles joined the cast of RHONJ in September 2010 and were part of the cast through season 4; season 4 taping wrapped in early October 2011]
“I saw him and told him to pay the bills, we kept asking him to pay, we sent him the bill and when we would call him he would just say ‘f**king sue me’ and hang up on me,” he claimed.
“He would say to me ‘Who the f**k do you think you are? I’ll smash your face if I ever hear you say ask me for money again.’”
Louie said Richard was harassing him while he was working on other jobs in the neighborhood, and on June 8, 2012:
“[He] came to my truck while I was working, invading my private space. He took pictures of my license plate so I called the cops. They went to his house and told him not to take pictures of my license plate.”
He told RadarOnline.com it was after this incident that he decided to file the lawsuit and it worked out in his favor.
The judge ruled on September 24 that Richard was responsible for part of the bill and ordered him to pay $792.34 plus $22 in court fees. Louie said Richard cut them a check for an even $815 right after the judge ordered him to pay.
When Richard was spotted in the courthouse for the first hearing on September 19 by Tom Murro, he was evasive on Twitter about the reason he was there, writing:
“I’m so afraid that you’ve exposed me!!! Shaking in my boots, or in my beach wear!!!”
Richard actually filed a counter lawsuit against Louie Khalil and the company, which the judge threw out in court on Monday.
Louie told RadarOnline.com that he’s sure he’ll see Richard again in the neighborhood and he’s ready for when he does.
“If I see him I’m just going to smile at him when I see him. I don’t care. He can walk away,” he said.
This is an article from July 2011, written at the same time the In Touch cover story, “I’m Terrified of Being Poor”, was discussed extensively on camera by the cast (Teresa was quoted in the magazine saying that the Wakiles accused her of being a shopaholic).
Note: The Wakiles’ demands were made during their first season, less than three months (July 2011) after season 3 premiered (May 16, 2011), when no one really knew who they were.
July 20, 2011
(Update: I originally put this story up Tuesday but hid it from public view while I debated running it in the first place. The next day, RadarOnline posted the same story as “Exclusive”. Now that it’s fully public, I decided to go ahead and “unhide” the story and make it public.)
Kim G’s PR guy Tom Morro (www.celebritymagnet.com) forwarded this email sent by Leslie Mota (the Personal Assistant to Kathie and Rich Wakile) to store owner Ed Bergen.
Basically here’s what happened. A local men’s clothing store in Franklin Lakes, NJ, called Something Sophisticated, agreed to give Richard and son Joseph some free clothing. You know, the boys get their photo taken in the clothing, they keep the clothes, and the clothing store gets a photo of the “celebrities” wearing their shirts. It happens all the time.
Call me naive, but I thought when a big A Lister bought a shirt, they just took a photo with the store owner to be nice. You think Penelope Cruz can’t afford a shirt and needs freebies? That’s how Ed Hardy built up their clothing store. One A Lister at a time. And keep in mind, we’re talking about A Listers from Hollywood. Not the Real Housewives of NJ. Type in “Richard and Kathy Wakile” into Google and see which story is listed first. This one! Thousands of dollars in free publicity for everyone!
So Leslie sent this email (below) to local store owner Ed Bergen explaining that the Camp Wakile demands had not been met. You’re on a Bravo TV show for a few weeks and suddenly they’re making demands like they’re Madonna. If the Wakiles are letting people use their photos, they want thousands of dollars in free clothing or it’s just not worth their time! (You know how much they love helping out the local merchants.)
Now I would be fair and ask Kathy and Richard for their side of the story. But this IS their side of the story.
When you own a small business, it’s not the same as running Macy’s. You can’t just give away an all-you-can-wear buffet of clothing.
I actually like this family and thought they were a refreshing change of pace for the show. Now I’m rethinking everything. Who makes the kind of demands listed in the letter below to a local business? Are they starting to believe their own hype now?
Here is the letter from the ‘Personal Assistant to Mr.and Mrs. Wakile’:
When we agreed to do the photo shoot with you at your shop we did so first and foremost because Heather spoke highly of you as a person. She told us your story and how you walked away from your corporate job to follow a passion and dream of yours to create your own clothes line and men’s boutique in Franklin Lakes.
The Wakile family believes in helping out the local merchants and establishments within their neighborhood and local surroundings. They are very much pro-grass roots establishments. Since Something Sophisticated is a start up local business immediately we said no problem Richard and his son Joseph would love to help them out. We understand that your catalog would been distributed to homes within the Franklin Lakes area and featured in Patch.com as well as your website. Any kind of “free” press and more exposure is greatly appreciated.
However, Richard and Joseph lending themselves to your shop for a photo shoot is definitively much more of a benefit to you than it is to them. Richard and his family as you know are cast members on The Real Housewives of NJ which is aired on Bravo TV every Sunday night. Over 1 million viewers tune in weekly to watch the show. Between Richard and Kathy on both their private and public Facebook pages they have over 7000 fans. Amongst Richard, his wife Kathy and both of their teenage kids they have over 15,000 followers on Twitter.
Needless to say any mention from any of them regarding any item from your shop and/or your shop is guaranteed to reach an audience and quantity of people that even paying your Public Relations representative would not reach. Not to mention the publicity would have been free of charge to you. Kathy is styled free of charge by high end boutiques all the time.
Kathy in exchange for the clothes does promote them and give them free press on her social media sites and on the show. Please note that Kathy is allowed to keep the clothes if she so wishes to do so. Normally, these outfits are over the $2000 price point.
I feel it is totally of bad taste and disrespectful not only to give both Richard and Joseph a limit of two items that they could take from your shop but also not allowed them to take clothes other than your in house brand. When we spoke your words to me were at you would, “hook them up and take care of them”. Two shirts at a price point of a total for maybe $100 in exchange for all that associated your shop with both Richard and Joseph is not at all being thankful nor grateful for whom they are.
Richard and his family are already established brands. As you well know publicity is expensive and is the heart of any business. If they worn your own brand and/or one of the designers you carry either which way your shop would have benefited from the free publicity they would have given you.
Therefore, I must regretfully inform you that we are not allowing the pictures to be used by you, your shop and/or photographer in anyway. We are not authorizing you to use them for the purpose of promoting your business and/or clothes line. So we greatly would appreciate you respect our decision and not place the pictures of Richard and/or Joseph on your website and in any connection on any of your social media sites, catalogs, look books etc. Please also refrain from using them for personal purposes either. I do not want the Wakile family used in any way with anything that has to do with Something Sophisticated, ConquerStyle.com or your Twitter account.
Please be advised that I saw you have already placed a picture on your Facebook page and I am requesting that you remove it immediately.
Thanks so much in advance for your cooperation and understanding in this matter.
Personal Assistant to Mr.and Mrs. Wakile