Joe Gorga, Chris Laurita and Jacqueline Laurita Charged in Assault Case Against Johnny ‘The Greek’ Karagiorgis; Lauritas and Gorga File Counter-complaints Against Karagiorgis
Caption: ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ star Jacqueline Laurita, along with her husband Chris Laurita (center) and lawyer, walked out of the Ridgewood Police Department just before 3 PM, Thursday, April 4, 2013.
Caption: John Karagiorgis in a photo provided by his lawyers, Sekas & Abrahamsen, LLC (click image to enlarge photo).
Anyone who attacks someone while being held by 4 security makes you a coward. PERIOD!!! NOT OVER!!! – John Karagiorgis (@JohnnytheGreek), April 1, 2013, Twitter
The following is the latest account from NewJersey.com about the assault charges filed against Joe Gorga, Chris Laurita and Jacqueline Laurita:
John Karagiorgis “stated he was punched in the left eye and in the nose by Joe Gorga.” Gorga yelled, “I’ll [expletive] kill you,” as Karagiorgis was repeatedly punched in the head. Gorga then allegedly walked around the camera crew. That’s when Christopher Laurita punched Karagiorgis on the left side of the head with a closed fist. Laurita similarly threatened to kill Karagiorgis, the complaint alleged. “Mr. Gorga then emerged from behind the victim and again punched him with a closed fist… This time, he struck him in the back of the head.” Next, “Jacqueline Laurita then struck the victim in the forehead with the heel of a stiletto type shoe. Eventually, security for the television show was able to separate all parties involved without any further incidents.”
According to the Ridgewood-Glenrock Patch on April 3, 2013, Penny Drossos’ husband John Karagiorgis (@JohnnytheGrk in the photo above with Pete Giudice at the season 4 Posche Fashion Show) filed a citizen complaint against Joe Gorga and Chris Laurita, accusing them of assaulting him at the grand opening of Posche 2 in Ridgewood, NJ on March 30, 2013.
On April 5, 2013, NorthJersey.com reported that the municipal judge in the case determined there is sufficient probable cause to charge three cast mates — Joe Gorga, Chris Laurita and Jacqueline Laurita — with assault. An initial hearing for Joe Gorga and the Lauritas has been set for April 18.
Three cast members from “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” including star Jacqueline Laurita, will be charged with assault and terroristic threats following a ruling Thursday evening by municipal Judge David Pfund.
Pfund determined Thursday that sufficient probable cause existed for the charges — stemming from a bloody attack at a grand opening at a clothing boutique over the weekend — to proceed against Laurita, her husband Christopher, and Joe Gorga.
John Karagiorgis, an employee of Clifton’s popular Rutt’s Hut, claims the Lauritas and Gorga attacked him Saturday night during the event, which was being filmed for the popular Bravo show.
According to Ridgewood Municipal Court Administrator Maria Doerr, counter-complaints filed Thursday afternoon against Karagiorgis by the Lauritas and Gorga were not heard last night.
A probable cause hearing on both counter-claims will be held next week, Doerr said. Since the charges approved Thursday night are for indictable offenses, the case will be forwarded on to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.
Jacqueline Laurita allegedly hit John on the head with her high-heeled shoe. This is not the first physical altercation in which Jacqueline allegedly has been involved: she hit an ex boyfriend, she punched Caroline in the face, and (based on what Ashlee said on camera) she later laughed about Ashlee pulling Danielle’s hair and ripping out her weave.
“I am friends with Ashlee, Jacqueline’s daughter. Last season all the beef between them was because Ashlee knows about her mother’s past as a stripper, and Jacqueline had a lot of guilt due to that and was afraid Ashlee would hint at her past on the show. This is why Ashlee moved out to Cali on money she made from the show, even though her parents made it seem like a ploy on their part to get Ashlee out of the house. Jac became so paranoid, and was trying to use whatever excuse she could to get her daughter to move away due to the skeletons in her closet.
Also Ashley was told by her mom in Season 2? to threaten Danielle Staub, make fake facebook pages, and do other things to hurt Danielle in order to continue living in her home (she told me). Ashley was so tired of her mother acting like a goody-two shoes on TV when she hasn’t been the most perfect mother. She was also tired of the Manzo kids acting like they had their shit together, while making fun of her on TV when they were still getting money from their parents. It’s also why Ashley got the tattoo of the skull head on the back of her wrist as a reminder to always be honest to herself and to never keep any skeletons in her closet like her mom and other members of the family.”
The owner of Moxie Salon claims that John Karagiorgis said something at the grand opening about the Laurita’s son, which he has adamantly denied on Twitter:
Don’t believe it. I’ve never spoken negatively about any child. NEVER!!! – John Karagiorgis (@JohnnytheGreek), April 1, 2013, Twitter
Children are the only weakness I’m proud to have. I would protect all children as if they were my own. – John Karagiorgis (@JohnnytheGreek), April 1, 2013, Twitter
I’ve never disrespected any child. Period. – John Karagiorgis (@JohnnyTheGrk), April 1, 2013, Twitter
I never did!!! FACT!!! – John Karagiorgis (@JohnnyTheGrk), April 1, 2013, Twitter
I’ll say this and only this – I have never seen u Tweet any such or make a comment of Nicholas. – Retweeted by John Karagiorgis (@JohnnytheGreek), April 1, 2013, Twitter
A source told Fame-Whorgas that Karagiorgis (JTG) never said anything about Nicholas at the event or at any other time [perhaps the Gorgas or Bravo producers told the Lauritas that Karagiorgis said something and they took it as the truth]:
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 apparently 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 hit him in the forehead with her stiletto type shoe.
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.
The NY Post also reported on the story and said that when reached at home, Karagiorgis referred questions to his lawyer.
The following report from People magazine claims the Lauritas and Gorga have filed counter-complaints against Karagiorgis:
The Lauritas and Gorga filed counter-complaints against Karagiorgis. A probable cause hearing on the counter-claims will be held next week, according to the Record.
“It was a huge brawl,” Jennifer Dunn, a local salon owner who shares space with the new boutique told the Fairlawn-Saddlebrook Patch. “Three of Kim D’s clothes racks were destroyed and three of our custom sinks were broken. There was blood on the walls.”
Another report says Jacqueline took off her shoes and bashed Karagiorgis on the head.
A source close to the Lauritas denies the accusation and defends the reality stars.
“She never used her shoe against [Karagiorgis],” says the source. “And everyone felt as though he came in there confrontational, and instigated the fight.”
These latest charges come just days after Jacqueline told PEOPLE how well the family has been faring lately.
“We’ve all been through so much but we are in a really good place right now,” she said at the Bravo upfront event Thursday. “We’ve put a lot of the bad blood behind us and worked through our issues.”
As for their son Nicholas, Chris Laurita says,
“He keeps progressing, and then regressing, but he’s doing so well. We’re really happy with his progress. He’s a great little boy.”
An initial hearing for Gorga and the Lauritas has been set for April 18.
The following is the report from the Ridgewood-Glenrock Patch:
Two cast members of The Real Housewives of New Jersey are accused of assaulting a guest at the grand opening of a Ridgewood business on Saturday.
A Paramus man has filed charges against two cast members of the Real Housewives of New Jersey after a sink-throwing brawl left blood on the walls at the Saturday grand opening of a Ridgewood clothing boutique, Patch has learned. More than 100 guests were at the opening of Real Housewives regular Kim DePaola’s Posche 2, including the show’s cast and crew, when the drama broke out.
Moxie Salon co-owner Jennifer Dunn confirmed a fight broke out after a guest, identified as Johnny Karagiorgis, 38, of Paramus, allegedly made fun of the autistic son of cast member Jacqueline Laurita and her husband Christopher.
Posche 2 is in the same space that houses Moxie Salon’s yet-to-open second location.
Joe Gorga and Albie Manzo came to Christopher Laurita’s aid during the confrontation and it led to a brawl between the Housewives men and Karagioris, Dunn said.
“It was a huge brawl. Three of Kim D’s clothes racks were destroyed and three of our custom sinks were broken,” Dunn told Patch Wednesday. “There was blood on the walls.”
One of the fight participants threw one of the sinks during the fight, Dunn said. Bravo’s cameras were rolling and captured the tumult.
Ridgewood police confirmed a brawl took place Saturday night and said Karagiorgis filed a citizen’s complaint alleging that three men assaulted him.
Sources tell Patch two of the three men named in Karagiorgis’s complaint are cast members Gorga and Christopher Laurita. Manzo was not named in the complaint, sources said.
Police said the investigation into the brawl remains active. Ridgewood Municipal Court Judge David Pfund will conduct a probable cause hearing to determine if charges are filed against the alleged aggressors.
“There was a report of a dispute that led to an assault,” Ridgewood Police Chief John Ward said. “We cannot confirm or deny it involved any cast members.”
Ward declined further comment, but said he was unaware if any cross-complaints had been filed against Karagiorgis or other parties.
Dunn estimated the damage to the sinks and the wall to be more than $15,000. Kim D’s clothing damage was also said to have represented tens of thousands in losses.
The Housewives were remorseful the brawl broke out on Saturday night, Dunn said.
“They felt really awful about it. I want people to know they’re so much nicer than they’re made out to be.”
On April 5, 2013, RadarOnline published a story about Teresa’s involvement, according to a source:
While Teresa Giudice may have kept out of the physical brawl between with her fellow Real Housewives of New Jersey cast mates, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned that she was actually at the center of the whole storm!
Her brother Joe Gorga and Chris and Jacqueline Laurita came to bloody blows with Johnny Karagiorgis, and an eyewitness says that Teresa is the reason all of the fighting even started at Kim D’s Posche Boutique opening last Saturday night.
“Teresa has been talking sh*t about everyone on the show, and she roped Johnny and Penny Karagiorgis into doing her dirty work this season,” the source exclusively told RadarOnline.com.
“Melissa Gorga had had enough of the lies she says they’re spreading about her, so Teresa finally said she would confront Penny, which did not go well because she denied any of her involvement!”
Teresa tried to tell Melissa that she and Penny weren’t even friends, but Penny called her out! Penny started screaming that she and Teresa talk on the phone all the time, that they talk for hours each night and says that she even has phone records, which makes Teresa furious!
“Instead of arguing back or denying that she did ever talk to Penny, Teresa just kept screaming over and over again ‘Whatever, bitch!’ and then told her to ‘F*ck off!’”
That’s when the source said Melissa tried to end the bickering with the two women.
“She told Teresa and Penny that they needed to stop spreading lies about her.”
According to the source, Teresa and Penny have been friends for a while and she has been plotting to destroy her sister-in-law’s reputation, so now she is terrified that Penny is going spill the beans about their relationship and show her phone records that prove that they’ve been talking.
“Teresa is so scared about these phone records coming out! Even though she tries to play nice her hatred for Melissa will not stop. She’s brought in these other people to destroy Melissa and now it is finally backfiring!”