Joe Gorga and the Lauritas Head to Court on September 26, 2013 – Charges Reduced from Felony Assault Charges to Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct (Updated 9/5/2013)
UPDATE 9/5/2013: According to NorthJersey.com on September 5, 2013, the assault and terroristic threat complaints against “Housewives” star Jacqueline Laurita of Franklin Lakes; her husband, Christopher; and Joe Gorga of Montville have been adjourned. The cases will now proceed in Ridgewood’s Municipal Court on September 26. The charges stem from a fracas at the grand opening of a salon in Ridgewood. The charges had been referred in April to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office for grand jury consideration, which returned the matter to Ridgewood for resolution last month. The case of John Karagiorgis of Paramus, who is charged with assault and making terroristic threats as well as three counts of harassment, was also adjourned until later this month. Karagiorgis claimed he was assaulted by the “Housewives” trio when cameras were rolling for the Bravo television series. He said he sustained several injuries, including a head abrasion, when Jacqueline Laurita allegedly clubbed him with a stiletto heel.
UPDATE 8/24/2013: According to Celebuzz on August 23, 2013, a NJ court has decided the charges against Joe Gorga and the Lauritas should be downgraded from felonies to much lower misdemeanor counts. John Karagiorgis claims in his complaint filed in April and obtained by CB! that Jacqueline hit him multiple times on the head with her stiletto heel, while Joe and Christopher apparently “threatened to f**king kill” him and hit him repeatedly with a “closed fist.” Although John wanted those charges to be felony third degree crimes, the court said not so fast and quickly gave them all disorderly conduct offenses (equivalent to a misdemeanor charge). The stars apparently want the charges dropped, while the alleged victim, John, is prepared to keep fighting. All are expected to duke it out (legally) in court on September 5, 2013.
UPDATE 8/9/2013: According to RadarOnline, John “Johnny the Greek” Karagiorgis is looking into filing additional charges against Jac, Joe, and Chris. A source close to Johnny said “Johnny has said that he wants to file additional charges. He is going to possibly try and go after aggravated assault and aggravated assault with a weapon.” Johnny claims Jac removed her stiletto and bashed him over the head with it, causing him to sustain injuries. But it doesn’t end there. It seems that Johnny also wants to press charges against the network that caught the whole thing on camera — Bravo. “This fight was premeditated and then while it was happening the producers and security didn’t step in to stop anything. They were promoting the violence,” the source said. As it stands, all four parties involved are facing charges of harassment, assault, and terroristic threats. [WetPaint]
UDPATE 7/24/2013: According to The Bergen Record, court officials confirmed Wednesday that the criminal cases against Jacqueline Laurita of Franklin Lakes, her husband, Christopher, and Joe Gorga of Montville would proceed in Ridgewood’s Municipal Court on Sept. 5, starting at 4:30 p.m. The assault and terroristic threat charges — stemming from a fracas at the grand opening of a salon in Ridgewood — had been referred in April to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office for grand jury consideration. But two weeks ago, the matter was returned to Ridgewood for resolution. Also due in court Sept. 5 is John Karagiorgis of Paramus, who is charged with assault and making terroristic threats as well as three counts of harassment. Karagiorgis claimed he was assaulted by the “Housewives” trio when cameras were rolling for the Bravo series. He claimed he sustained several injuries, including a head abrasion, when Jacqueline Laurita allegedly clubbed him with a stiletto heel. In April, Ridgewood’s municipal judge found there was enough probable cause for the charges against the four to proceed.
UPDATE 6/7/2013: A source tells Fame-Whorgas that Bravo only turned over one “tape” to the court although three cameras recorded the brawl. Apparently, Bravo is claiming that at least one cameraman was knocked over in the brawl and the recording was damaged and irretrievable.
According to The Bergen Record on April 24, 2013, charges against Joe Gorga and Chris and Jacqueline Laurita, and the counter complaint against John Karagiorgis, will be heading to grand jury; however, the hearings have not yet been scheduled for any of the defendants involved:
Criminal charges lodged against three cast members from “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” as well as the man they fought with [John Karagiorgis], have been referred to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, an official confirmed Tuesday.
The cases against “Housewives” star Jacqueline Laurita of Franklin Lakes; her husband, Christopher; and Joe Gorga of Montville are currently “being prepared,” according to Maureen Parenta, a spokeswoman for Prosecutor John L. Molinelli, and will be presented at some point to a grand jury for indictment.
Those charges — assault and terroristic threats — stem from a bloody attack at the grand opening of a Ridgewood clothing boutique in late March.
John Karagiorgis of Paramus claims he was ambushed by the trio during the event, where cameras were rolling for the popular Bravo series. Karagiorgis claims he sustained several injuries in the incident, including a head abrasion — the result of Laurita clubbing him with one of her stiletto heels, he claims.
The charges against Karagiorgis — three counts each of harassment and assault, and two counts of making terroristic threats — have similarly been referred to the prosecutor’s office for consideration.
Earlier this month, Ridgewood’s municipal judge found there was enough probable cause for the charges against the show regulars and Karagiorgis to proceed.
Parenta said grand jury hearings had not been scheduled yet for any of the defendants involved.