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Teresa Giudice’s Mugshot and Release-Day Photo from Danbury Prison (Updated 1/6/2016)

January 12, 2015

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Teresa Giudice’s mugshot above was published on the internet in early January 2015, and I was able to save a copy before it was quickly scrubbed. It must have been leaked by prison staff because federal inmates’ mugshots are considered the property of the federal government and are not made available to the public.

UPDATE 2/9/2016: Teresa confirmed in her prison memoir that the mugshot above is real:

“After I got dressed, it was time for my prison photo shoot. For a moment this reminded me of the many photographs I had posed for in magazines and promos for the show. But here I was getting my mug shot. Me? Getting a mug shot? Oh my God… Someone did end up releasing it to the media later on, but I didn’t care because I thought it was a good picture.”

In the mugshot, Teresa isn’t wearing her usual false eyelashes and heavy makeup, and her hair is a shorter than normal. She has been wearing her hair long for the past few years with the help of extensions.

teresa's hair extensions

She was photographed at the 3KT concert at iPlay America in Freehold, New Jersey, on December 26, 2014 (image below), with her long hair, so she was still wearing the extensions a week before her prison surrender date.

Joe with beard Tre Gia

Also in the mugshot, Teresa appears to be wearing a necklace, which could be the “necklace with two medals” that her attorney, James L. Leonard, Jr., says he gave to her just before surrendering to prison:

Leonard told PEOPLE magazine that he presented Teresa with a set of rosary beads and a necklace with two medals – one for St. Christopher and one for St. Teresa. “They let her keep all of that,” he says. “She was very happy with that, and she told me she would keep them with her all the time.”

The photos below, published by TMZ, were taken of Teresa at a diner about a mile away from Danbury prison, where she ate before surrendering at 3 AM on January 5, 2015. She reportedly was wearing a black sweat suit. Her hair is these photos matches her hair in mugshot.

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UPDATE 1/6/2016: The photo below was taken at Danbury federal prison on December 23, 2015, the day of Teresa’s release. It is clear from the her mugshot, prison photo, and prison-release photo that Teresa wears hair extensions for the show and public appearances.

Tre coming home from prison

Teresa will finish out the rest of her sentence, until February 5, 2016, on house arrest. She will be permitted to leave her home for work, doctor’s appointments and court dates. According to a source for RadarOnline:

Teresa “is required to check in daily with the Federal Location Monitoring program that is overseeing her house arrest. The ankle bracelet Teresa must wear until February also gives officials her exact location. While under house arrest, Teresa must be home no later than 9 pm. If she has a work commitment later than that, she must get prior approval.”

UPDATE 4/1/2015: The photo below of Teresa Giudice with Joe and their daughters was taken in the visiting room of Danbury federal prison. The Giudices sold the story and the first photos of Teresa in prison to Us Weekly as an exclusive (daughters Gia and Gabriella were cropped from the tabloid magazine’s cover). If the Giudices didn’t sell photos, the paparazzi or someone else would have done so, and it would have been others making money off the Giudices without any of it going to the family, and it would have been outside of their control. The problem is not that they are selling stories and photos, but that the haven’t used any of their earnings over the past five years to pay off their debts other than the $414,588.90 in restitution that they were ordered to pay toward their Wells Fargo mortgage debt as part of their plea deal (the couple still owes more than $10 million to other creditors). It also rubs many people the wrong way when Joe and Teresa include their children in the photo spreads.

E! News reported on the story:

With her tan fading and her naturally curly hair flowing freely, Teresa puts on a happy face for the camera as her husband shares new details about her life in prison. Teresa puts on a smile for her family, too. “She comes out with her smile, with a little wave,” Joe says.

According to Joe, the girls make nightly phone calls to Teresa and drive 80 miles a week to visit her in Connecticut. “I cry more than the girls,” he says. “I pretty much cry every time I leave. Like a little baby.”

During their six-hour reunions, Teresa, 42, helps her daughters with their homework while the younger ones take turns sitting on her lap. “It’s not a horrible place,” Joe explains. “She never says anything bad.”

While Gia, Gabriella and Milania realize Teresa is in prison, Joe says Audriana “thinks she’s working.”

Incarcerated since Jan. 5, Teresa—AKA Inmate No. 65703-050—begins each day with a 6 a.m. wakeup call. After putting on her khaki uniform, she reports to the cafeteria for breakfast and then hits the gym for the first of three workouts. “She exercises after every meal. It’s like a low-budget spa. They do spin classes, ab classes. She’s getting pretty ripped up,” Joe says, adding that other inmates “give her space.”

“Everyone I encounter—from the inmates to the staff—tell me the Teresa they have come to know is nothing like the Teresa they’ve seen on television,” her attorney, James. J. Leonard Jr., tells Us Weekly.

Teresa has made a “little group of friends,” and they watch TV shows like Empire and Scandal.

“I miss Joe and my girls terribly, but we are going to get through this as a family one day at a time,” Teresa says (through her lawyer). “We will be stronger because of this. Nothing can break us apart.”

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  1. April 3, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    On January 5, 2015, Yahoo Celebrity reported on how much Teresa could profit from her prison sentence, estimating that once she gets out “she’s easily looking at seven figures worth of earnings.”

    1. Paid Interviews

    Let’s start with paid interviews. The couple already has sat down with Bravo’s Andy Cohen to discuss their sentencing — a chat that may have earned them five, even six, figures. But even if that interview was unpaid, there will likely be a second sit-down once Giudice goes free. And that payday will likely bring in quite a lot.

    “That alone is going to be a six-figure deal,” predicts Ariel Stepp, whose firm, Lucey Stepp, matches high-end companies with celebrity influencers. “I’m thinking $100,000 to $200,000. I would hope a news outlet would not pay more than that.”

    2. Spin-off Reality Show and Tell-all Book Deal

    Then there’s the possibility of a spin-off reality series, and a tell-all book deal — you know, recalling her harrowing experience in the same dungeon that once terrorized Martha Stewart. Giudice has sold plenty of cookbooks, so she already has relationships with publishers and knows how to promote a book.

    “And that’ll be another six-figure deal,” Stepp predicts. Stepp has heard whispers of a $3 million advance, but suspects that the initial payday will likely come closer to “$500,000 or a million. It depends on whether she owes her current publisher any books under her current contract.”

    3. Personal Appearances

    Plus, there are still people who actually want to be in the same room with Giudice. And those folks will pay thousands for the chance. Rita Tateel of the booking agency The Celebrity Source says she wouldn’t be surprised to see Giudice command “somewhere in the low- to mid-five-figures.”

    “I bet you she is going to be making bundles with personal appearances,” Tateel says.

    Corporations are the ones who usually pay the biggest fees to wrangle celebs for their employee gatherings. But another talent booker, Bruce Merrin, who has a self-named firm in Las Vegas, says that in Giudice’s case, it’ll more likely be “private clubs — country clubs have a lot of money. And they like to meet celebrities.”

    (If it makes you feel any better, Merrin doesn’t think that Giudice will get as much as the mid-five-figures for appearances — more like $10,000 to $15,000. And another talent booker, Robert Tuchman of Goviva, says he would likely pay Guidice closer to $5,000 to $15,000 for a two-hour event. Bethenny Frankel, in comparison, commands closer to $50,000.)

    4. Endorsements

    Giudice could even score an endorsement deal or two… if she affiliates with a charity after her release.

    “If she were affiliated with the right charity, a company could offer her $100,000, or less if she takes equity in the company,” Stepp suggests.

    Whatever Giudice earns, she’ll probably get to keep it; she has already paid back her share of the more than $400,000 that she and her husband, Joe, owe in restitution. As for where that money came from, a family attorney has said most of it came from — where else? — an advance on a contract.


    ‘Real Housewives’ sentencing: Do ‘Son of Sam’ laws apply to Joe and Teresa Giudice?
    Vicki Hyman, NJ.com
    January 08, 2015

    As reality television stars, Joe and Teresa Giudice have certainly profited off their notoriety. But now that they’re both headed to prison for fraudulently obtaining millions in loans and for hiding income and assets in their 2009 bankruptcy filing, could their profits from the “Housewives” franchise or from future books be subject to so-called “Son of Sam” laws?

    Could their profits from the “Housewives” franchise or from future books be subject to so-called “Son of Sam” laws?

    These laws, designed to stop convicts from profiting off their misdeeds, have largely been applied to violent criminals in the past.

    That would exempt white collars criminals such as the Giudices, according to Stuart Green, a law professor at Rutgers School of Law in Newark, who specializes in white collar crime.

    The first “Son of Sam” law was passed in 1977 in New York to prevent killer David Berkowitz from selling the media rights to his story, but over the years, courts have whittled away at such laws because of concerns they were too broad and violated the First Amendment.

    In 1991, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the law unconstitutional after Simon & Schuster appealed a court decision to suspend payment to Henry Hill, the mobster whose life story became the cinema classic “Goodfellas,” and to redirect the money to an escrow fund for crime victims.

    In that decision, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor suggested that the law could be made to apply to say, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” or even “The Confessions of St. Augustine” because it describes crimes they committed.

    The current incarnation of the New Jersey “Son of Sam” law, enacted in 2003, targets income generated “as a result of having committed the crime, including any assets obtained through the use of unique knowledge obtained during the commission of, or in preparation for the commission of a crime.”

    So, in the Giudice case, the couple would have to specifically spill the details about how they committed the fraud, in, say, a memoir or television special, in order for their profits to be seized under the law. If they were to speak or write more generally about the disruption to their family life, or their experiences in prison, Green says, the the “Son of Sam” law wouldn’t apply.

    And as far as continuing to star in and draw a salary from “Real Housewives” Green said they could argue they’re not benefiting directly from the crime: “They’re just celebrities,” he says.

    One other reason the Giudices likely won’t have to contend with “Son of Sam” laws: These laws, which aren’t invoked very often, are intended to compensate victims of crime. So while the Giudice fraud certainly had its victims — Wells Fargo, for example, is waiting for the couple to repay $414,588.90 from one of their fraudulent loans — they’re not individuals.

    Green says the language of the law is broad enough that if the bank wanted to go after the couple under the law, they could — though there don’t seem to be many precedents of a corporation invoking the law.


  2. January 7, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    EXCLUSIVE: Teresa Giudice’s Cellmate Tells All — “She Cried A Lot”
    Jan 7, 2016 9:47AM
    By Life & Style Magazine

    In an exclusive interview with Life & Style, Deseree Bradshaw, a former cellmate of Teresa Giudice’s at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn., spills all about the reality star’s prison stay.

    “The guards sucked up to her,” Deseree tells Life & Style. “She got special treatment from them.”

    One of the perks, Deseree says, was that Teresa got access to her commissary money the day she arrived, while other inmates wait a week.

    Her cellmate tells the mag that Teresa was also allowed in the dining hall’s “short line,” a small group of inmates — usually sick or older women plus kitchen staff — who get to eat before everyone else.

    “They gave her a kitchen uniform and she was supposed to clean off the tables and sweep the floors,” says Deseree. “She never did that, but she had her uniform so she could go to the short line.”

    Although Teresa received some perks from the guards, she did not have an easy 11 months behind bars.

    “She really cried a lot,” Deseree tells Life & Style, adding that at one point, Teresa was struggling to record her name for the prison’s phone system and “she broke down and cried about that. A lot of times at night she would cry in her cell about how much she missed tucking her kids in.”

    For more from Teresa’s cellmate, pick up the latest issue of Life & Style Weekly, on newsstands now!


    According to the BOP, Ms. Bradshaw, prisoner 71360-066, age 31, was released on 9/25/2015.

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