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Penny and John Karagiorgis File Civil Lawsuit Against Joe Gorga, the Lauritas, Sirens, Bravo, NBC Universal, Moxie Salon and Others

October 7, 2013 380 comments

John (@JohnnyTheGrk) and Penny Drossos Karagiorgis (@PDKHair) filed a civil lawsuit on October 2, 2013, against Joe Gorga, the Lauritas, Sirens, Bravo, NBC Universal, Moxie Salon and others.

According to a source to RadarOnline on September 30, 2013, Karagiorgis has been complaining that the fight was pre-planned by people on the show, including the producers. “Johnny says they all knew the altercation is going to happen, the salon owners were telling clients Johnny was coming to the event and there was going to be an altercation, there is going to be action. He believes everything is a big conspiracy and this was planned and orchestrated weeks in advance.” The footage of the brawl never aired on Bravo, and the source said that doesn’t affect the case. “Johnny is going to go forward with civil cases against as many people as he can to fight this and make sure that the people involved all pay.”

The law firm Sekas and Abrahamsen represent the Karagiorgis’.

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An excerpt from an article by InTouch was posted on their website on October 7, 2013:

“Joe Gorga Chris Laurita, Jacqueline Laurita and Others Sued For Bloody RHONJ Brawl”

While criminal charges resulting from the infamous brawl at Moxie Salon were dismissed in September, In Touch has just learned that a civil lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Johnny “The Greek” Karagiorgis and his wife Penny Karagiorgis. In the suit Johnny claims he was physically attacked by Joe, Jacqueline and Chris. It reads:

“John Karagiorgis was unlawfully attacked without warning by Giuseppe (Joe) Gorga, Jacqueline Laurita, and Christopher Laurita. Giuseppe Gorga unlawfully attacked John Karagiorgis by punching him in the face and/or head with a closed fist. Christopher Laurita unlawfully attacked John Karagiorgis by punching him in face and/or head with a closed fist. Jacqueline Laurita then unlawfully attacked John Karagiorgis by striking him on the head and/or face with a stiletto-type shoe.”

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The violent physical altercation took place at Moxie Salon, where Kim DePaola’s designer dress shop, Posche 2, was holding an event back in March and was featured during a climactic showdown in the recent season finale of RHONJ.

In the lawsuit, filed in Hackensack, N.J., on Oct. 2, Karagiorgis claims that Bravo producers conspired with the Housewives and their husbands to confront him in order to increase the show’s ratings.

The confrontation ultimately led to punches being thrown and, according to the lawsuit, Karagiorgis suffered serious bodily injury at the hands of Melissa’s husband, Joe Gorga, as well as Jacqueline Laurita and her husband, Chris.

Court papers obtained exclusively by In Touch name a slew of defendants — many of them not named — in this case. Noticeably missing from the lawsuit is Joe and Teresa Giudice (who have enough legal headaches of their own to deal with).

The couple is looking for punitive damages plus the cost of attorneys’ fees. The complaint states that Johnny and Penny “have suffered but are not limited to bruising, scarring, disfigurement, fractured bones, facial lacerations, mental anguish, psychological health problems, physical discomfort, pain and suffering, economic losses, and shame and embarrassment.”

Hat Tip: Thank you, Jeannie5233!

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John Karagiorgis, Joe Gorga and the Lauritas Drop All Charges in Exchange for Waiver of Contract Terms to Allow Filing of Civil Suit

September 26, 2013 249 comments

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“Over the last week, a deal was brokered between lawyers for Jacqueline Laurita, her husband Christopher, and Joe Gorga — all of Franklin Lakes — and the attorney representing John Karagiorgis to have the charges dismissed.” – NorthJersey.com

John Karagiorgis ‏@JohnnyTheGrk
@PDKhair Going through texts & I forgot how pretty they were On air: Tweet Text: email & face2face #WhichIsIt
6:05 PM – 26 Sep 13

OldNJGirl ‏@OldNJlady
@JohnnyTheGrk she (jaclaurita) is too stupid to realize that her blog and her tweets are just going to hurt her more.
5:40 PM – 26 Sep 13

At a court hearing in Ridgewood, NJ on September 26, 2013, John Karagiorgis, Joe Gorga, Chris Laurita and Jacqueline Laurita agreed to drop all charges stemming from a bloody brawl on March 30, 2013 at a Ridgewood boutique (the event being featured in the season 5 finale of RHONJ).

Joe Gorga, Jacqueline Laurita and Christopher Laurita each faced felony assault charges against John Karagiorgis. Christopher Laurita and Joe Gorga faced one count each of making terroristic threats against John Karagiorgis. Karagiorgis faced three counts of harassment and three counts of felony assault. However, in August, the assault charges were downgraded from felonies to simple assault.

According to @FauxRealityE, who has been blogging on behalf of Penny Drossos-Karagiorgis, John’s wife, “criminal charges against all cast members were dropped in exchange for waiver of contract terms to allow filing of civil suit.”

“If Bravo wants to get out of this, they could give the Greeks a million dollars and say, ‘We will give Penny a spot as a housewife.’ That would put a stop to the lawsuit on Bravo and Sirens Media (B/S). But for the rest, B/S will let it go and allow it to continue because that could be the story for Penny and her husband for next season. And all of them won’t be able to talk about Bravo or the cameras. So next season, it will be about them and the fight.” – Buck Henry, September 26, 2013 at 11:48 pm, Faux

“That’s all nonsense, IMO. The criminal charges had already been reduced to misdemeanors. No way the Lauritas would agree to be sued civally to make lousy misdemeanor charges go away. Not to mention Johnny had the same charges pending against him. What happened to those? My guess is the ‘deal’ was both sides agreed to drop their charges. And for a civil suit he’d have to show damages, no? Nobody got hurt and this is all done. Over.” – kit9, September 27, 2013 at 3:21 pm, LynnFam

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Saddle_River_NJ submitted on 2013/09/26 at 8:43 PM:

The Greeks have a history with Missy. They are well aware of her background. Seasons 1-3 appear to have less ludicrous editing done. A lot of problems arose when they were filming season 4 as 3 was being broadcast. Penny probably was shocked when The Infectious Author got a place on the show and wanted a piece of it. She very well might have signed one of those contracts with sweet promises of air time. All of a sudden Slutella is playing the innocent victim and the Witch Sisters start trashing people like Bulldog, who knows the Greeks. Bravo/Sirens was probably getting everyone and their brother to sign one of those contracts *as insurance*. Get anyone and everyone with the ability to publicly expose the show as a fraud locked down. Production is now free to do what ever they damned please without recourse. Now production ratchets up the lies and deception and no one can stop them. Of course, B/S never realized that Janax is a complete loon, that the Whore of Gorgalon is as gross as she is, and that the Wakiles and Manzos are dishwater dull. Anyway – back to the Greeks. I think they came on early with better intentions but got lost in the insanity that the show had devolved to. FWIW – the Greeks actually have a very decent reputation around here and are pretty different from the characters you see on tv.

Saddle_River_NJ submitted on 2013/09/26 at 8:17 PM:

If in fact the Greeks have gotten a waiver of contract terms, that *might* mean that Bravo may actually not renew the franchise. If John and Penny were actually able to file suit, that would open up Sirens to a very messy and public accounting. And they (Greeks) could follow it up the corporate ladder. Remember Penny saying her phone was worth gold? If she saved voice mails and texts from Sirens production, that would be damning. The charges against the 3 Little Pigs were serious as individuals. But if the Greeks have saved text/voice between themselves, cast members and production, that can blow the whole franchise open if they are able to make it public. Princess Cohen would never want his image tarnished – nor would his superiors want to deal with it. Simplest solution in a scenario where the Greeks contract has been voided is to not renew the series.

John Karagiorgis didn’t come to the event “dressed to fight,” as Jacqueline testified under oath in April 2013. However, Joe Gorga did. At the event on March 30, 2013, Joe wore all black and a stocking cap (like he wore when he came to fight Angelo and Kim D at the PFS in the season 4 finale) – he wore the the stocking cap so that it wouldn’t easily slip off (he wore a white shirt and baseball cap when Juicy Joe kicked his ass in Lake George, and when his cap fell off, his black spray-on hair got all over everyone.).

On September 23, 2013, Jacqueline went on Twitter to insult the viewers by calling them “delusional haters.” And then the next day she tweeted the “tweeple,” telling them they were “the best” for showing her “love and support”:

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Jacqueline also tweeted that “because it’s not in the footage,” she never hit John on the head with her shoe (she must be forgetting the fact that even if Bravo deleted or edited out the footage, there are witnesses, plus she might want to look up the word “perjury”).

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The following are more of Jacqueline’s tweets and the report of the court hearing from NorthJersey.com.

John and Penny Drossos-Karagiorgis Were Ambushed by RHONJ Production and Cast at Posche 2; JohnnyTheGrk Never Tweeted About the Lauritas’ Son Nicholas; Melissa Gorga Lip Syncs at XL106.7

September 21, 2013 293 comments

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“Finally, you get to meet my music manager Johnny Wright! I have to admit, my nerves got the better of me when I was singing ‘Never Let Me Go’ in my studio for Johnny and Justin Thorne, the songwriter and producer. Johnny is the real deal. He’s worked with Britney, ‘N Sync, Justin Timberlake, Akon, and The Jonas Brothers. I really wanted to impress him. The fact that he’s interested in me at all was so exciting — and terrifying. I had a lot riding on that recording session. It got better once I got over my nerves, trust me, or he would have walked out and never looked back. When Johnny suggested my going to Orlando for vocal coaching, I was all for it. I’d never had any formal training and have just used what I’ve got. I’ll take any expert advice I can get! My attitude is, I’m grateful for every minute of Johnny’s guidance. I’m happy to learn and ready to go! Thanks, Johnny and Justin, for your faith in me.” – Melissa Gorga, Penny’s Not a Reliable Source, September 16, 2013

Although FW will no longer be giving scoops or doing research on the Housewives, the blog is still a forum for you to discuss their shenanigans and the fakeness of the show and other things of interest. Once the season is over, FW will be covering new topics – I’m open to suggestions, so please don’t hesitate to let me know what you’re thinking! Until then, the following is a preview for episode 17 (the full episode should be comical since you get to hear Melissa sing a few notes live, with Joe admitting she doesn’t have the best voice)...

If you plan to amuse yourself by watching the remaining two episodes (and the season 5 reunion special, which premieres on October 6th – RumorFix reported that the 15-hour production was so boring that serious consideration is now underway as to who will return and who will NOT be invited back in season 6), remember that footage is shown out of sequence and most of it is fake (except the ambush on Penny Drossos-Karagiorgis and her husband John – everyone was in on that but them):

1. The Posche 2 grand opening at Moxie Salon was on March 30, 2013 (this is when Jacqueline and Caroline confront Penny, and then later Joe Gorga and the Lauritas assault Penny’s husband John).

2. Melissa and Joe went to Johnny Wright’s “compound” in Orlando, Florida on June 28, 2013, and this is also when Melissa sang live without autotune at XL106.7 (FW was the the first to report this on August 27, 2013) but all copies of her live performance have been removed from the internet since the video proves she can’t sing.

3. Melissa’s and Joe’s testimonials (THs) seen in the screen shots below were taped in July 2013, when Bravo decided they needed more scripted interviews for the revised ending to season 5.

UPDATE 11:00 PM EST: Commentary after watching season 5 episode 17.

Well, now we know why producers didn’t show the December 3, 2012 footage with Penny, Kim D and Teresa where she takes the phone call from Mike about Melissa cheating in the Sushi Lounge parking lot the summer of 2009.

It’s because they couldn’t ambush the Greeks if they had shown that, especially when it actually occurred, at the very beginning of season 5. It would explain that Teresa does indeed know Penny.

Teresa is an idiot for denying that she knows the Greeks. JohnnyTheGrk gave her a donation when she was raising money during her stint on the Celebrity Apprentice and he got her a gig at a family member’s business, which explains text messages between them.

And, MOST IMPORTANTLY, the Greeks and Teresa all met at the season 4 Posche Fashion Show on September 27, 2011 (the season finale), if not earlier.


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All of this is really no big deal, since producers are the ones behind it all, but it becomes a big deal because Teresa denies any involvement.

It’s all so ridiculous and a repeat of the season 4 finale, but this time it’s about cheating vs. stripping, and this time Bravo made sure the entire cast set out to takedown the Greeks.

This is the MO of RHONJ – the cast always has to be ganging up on somebody (seasons 1 & 2 it was Danielle, seasons 3 & 4 it was Teresa; and season 5 it’s the Greeks)! And this is why I hate this show – nothing but lies and deception and always a target for their fury when it should be directed at themselves for being low-down, dirty, rotten famewhores! Have some integrity people!

Caroline isn’t enraged because the Greeks “came between a family,” and she knows the Greeks didn’t say anything about the Lauritas or Manzos (at that time) – she’s trying to discredit the Greeks because she knows they can spill the tea on Al Manzo’s long-term affair with Jill (which Penny mentioned when Caroline got in her face at the Posche 2 grand opening in the Moxie Salon, but Caroline ranted and raved until the producers agreed to edit it out). And they all think the Greeks are behind Fame-Whorgas, but nobody other than me is behind this blog!

They are blaming the Greeks for the blogs about the Lauritas exploiting autism – NEWSFLASH! – they had nothing to do with it! And Chris and Jacqueline know the Greeks never said anything about Nicholas not being autistic, which is why Jacqueline had to get drunk before approaching Penny with that big ole lie (fed to her by production and reinforced by Caroline because she needs to shutup Penny to keep her secrets hidden).

If JohnnyTheGrk had tweeted about Nicholas, Bravo would have shown the tweet.

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They all are pretending they don’t know Penny (notice how Penny was smiling when Jacqueline approached and that Penny addressed her by name). Caroline and Jacqueline called Penny when they were in Arizona a week before the Posche 2 event, trying their hardest to upset Penny by telling her that Teresa was saying hurtful things about her. And the week before that, Joe Gorga and Rich Wakile met with Penny’s husband John to convince him that if Penny agreed to say Teresa put her up to revealing Melissa as a cheater, she could be on RHONJ next season. Just a few weeks before all of this, the Gorgas met with Penny at Chakra (a meeting arranged and filmed by production) to tell her that Teresa was calling her a stalker and telling everyone that she didn’t like her at all.

But psychological manipulation didn’t work on Penny, so they had to come up with a new plan.

The new plan was to convince Penny that they had all made up. The Wakiles were put in charge of hoodwinking the Greeks into believing this new plan, so they called Penny the night before the Posche 2 event, telling her that because Teresa told her to squash the rumors, they had all made up, and the cast wanted the Greeks to celebrate with them by coming to the event. Producers also called the Greeks numerous times to make sure they were coming.

When the Greeks got to the event, producers made Penny go into the party right away, but told her husband John that he had to wait outside with their friends until Penny was done (without further explanation). Of course, the reason he was made to wait outside was because the cast was inside ambushing Penny. When they were done with Penny, production brought in John, who was immediately confronted by Joe Gorga. Joe charged at John and started throwing punches, and Chris Laurita jumped in, throwing punches as well, all while John was being held back by security. Then Jacqueline stood on a chair, took off her stiletto-heeled shoe, and began to hit John in the head with it.

And that, my friends, is premeditated assault.

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Bryan ‏@bulldog_nj
@JohnnyTheGrk in the end truth will prevail n apologies will be given. 🙂 just know its always messy when fighting with the devil.
Retweeted by John Karagiorgis
9:43 PM – 22 Sep 13

Tracie Marie ‏@TracieMariBella
@Bravotv you were showing all of @JohnnyTheGrk other tweets where we’re the alleged ones of him attacking Nicks “fake autism” shame on you!
Retweeted by John Karagiorgis
9:28 PM – 22 Sep 13

Ex-Best Friend ‏@exxbestfriend
Where are @JohnnyTheGrk’s tweets about Nicholas @Bravotv? You had no problem showing other tweets on camera. #RHONJ #DidntHappen
Retweeted by John Karagiorgis

Nik ‏@IsleofJen
@JohnnyTheGrk never saw any tweet from you about kids or the Lauritas…
Retweeted by John Karagiorgis
8:55 PM – 22 Sep 13

CheyLuvsRosie ‏@CheyNOnlyChey
Never saw @JohnnyTheGrk say Lauritas were faking Autism But IMO it looks sketchy that Autism connection has helped promote BLK
Retweeted by John Karagiorgis

Faux Reality Ent ‏@FauxRealityE
So why did @RichardWakile & @KathyWakile spend an hour and half on phone with @JohnnyTheGrk & @PDKhair night before this party #RHONJ
Retweeted by John Karagiorgis

Krystle Sonia ‏@Krystle_Light
@Bravotv @Andy RT @FauxRealityE: So why did Siren make @JohnnyTheGrk wait outside for over an hour? #RHONJ
Retweeted by John Karagiorgis

TamaraTattles ‏@TamaraTattles
These people testified @JohnnyTheGrk was asked not to come? But they all talked about him coming on their way there?
9:09 PM – 22 Sep 13

John Karagiorgis ‏@JohnnyTheGrk
I will not lose my temper on Bullshit Lies!!! But you will all answer for these Bullshit accusations
8:40 PM – 22 Sep 13

PDK Fan ‏@KaragiorgisFan
@JohnnyTheGrk @PDKhair funny how those who accuse you of hiding behind a computer are the ones who hide behind bravo. Love ya guys!!
Retweeted by John Karagiorgis

Bryan ‏@bulldog_nj
@JohnnyTheGrk this guy would never make fun of an autism child but the Marcos make fun of me having a brain tumor. Where’s that?????

OldNJGirl ‏@OldNJlady
@kitbrown @AArater @melissagorga @Teresa_Giudice it is hard for anyone to watch this piece of crap show of lies and scripted nonsense
10:11 PM – 22 Sep 13

Arater & Melissa

Anthony Arater ‏@AArater
@AArater just a quick picture of @melissagorga N I… The Ex BF she Dsnt want u to know about, she is tryin so hard but it’s comin out soon
9:52 PM – 22 Sep 13

Vicky Soltero ‏@vickysoltero
@AArater – when are we going to hear your story ??
9:53 PM – 22 Sep 13

Anthony Arater ‏@AArater
@vickysoltero I already signed the contract, it’s on them fighting with @melissagorgas lawyers tryin to stop it
9:54 PM – 22 Sep 13

Anthony Arater ‏@AArater
@jeannie165V I have so many more!! Lol.. That’s me her n her cousin!! Lol… Wait til u read the letters!!!

Anthony Arater ‏@AArater
@JenGotClassNass hahahaha… She did a lot more then kiss!!!

Anthony Arater ‏@AArater
@kitbrown @melissagorga I wish I Cld write it to ppl right now!!!! I watch that show N just laugh!! She is so fake!

Anthony Arater ‏@AArater
@ar51305 theses ppl r so corny like I give a shit about 15 mins! She did what she did N that’s it!!
10:35 PM – 22 Sep 13

Anthony Arater ‏@AArater
@kitbrown @melissagorga that’s why I respect Theresa so much!! She see’s thru her!! Jus protecting her bro frm a pig
9:58 PM – 22 Sep 13