‘Real Housewives,’ Bravo Slapped With Lawsuit Over New Jersey Brawl: Real or Staged?

'Real Housewives,' Bravo Slapped With Lawsuit Over New Jersey Brawl: Real or Staged?

“Johnny the Greek” claims he was held back while castmates pummeled him

“Real Housewives of New Jersey” staging a fight for the sake of ratings? Someone pass the smelling salts, please…

“RHoNJ” personality John Karagiorgis — a/k/a Johnny the Greek — and his wife, Penny Karagiorgis, are suing stars Giuseppe “Joe” Gorga, Christopher Laurita and Jacqueline Laurita, along with Bravo, “Real Housewives” production company Sirens Media and NBCUniversal, claiming that the melee depicted at the end of Season 5 was a set-up.

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The suit claims that, under the direction of Sirens, Bravo and NBC, various members of the cast and crew “prepared a plan by which Cast members were going to verbally confront, physically assault and/or unlawfully attack John  Karagiorgis.”

The March 31 melee went down at Moxie Salon, also named as a defendant in the suit obtained by TheWrap.

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While the fight may have been staged, the blows were real, the lawsuit says. According to the suit, Gorga and Christopher Laurita “unlawfully attacked John Karagiorgis by punching [him] on the head and/or face with a closed fist.”

Jacquelin Laurita, meanwhile, allegedly struck him “in the head and/or face with a stiletto-type shoe.”

According to the suit, “Real Housewives” crew members restrained Karagiorgis so that he was unable to defend himself during the throw-down, and failed to notify public safety and emergency officials of the fight, or of Karagiorgis’ injuries.

Alleging battery and assault, conspiracy, negligence, vicarious liability and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, among other charges, the pair are seeking unspecified damages.

A Bravo spokesman had no comment for TheWrap.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

  • Shelley Duvall

    Shelley Duvall

  • Shelley Duvall

    The best and most accurate Housewives site is StoopidHousewives and they say it's all another PR fake lawsuit. I'm going with SH… it's a fake.

    • Shelley Duvall

      Forgot this: StoopidHousewives is the smartest HWs site. SH documents all of their information and they just put up the long list of JohnnyTheGreek's lawsuits. Not that the list makes any difference, but their source told SH that the whole Ridgewood brawl was just like the PuntaCana bar brawl. Nothing will happen in the courtroom.

  • The Stiletto Bandit

    JTG talked smack about the cast of NJ for 2 years hoping to weasel his way onto the show. It backfired and Johnny ended up with a shoe print to the head. Sorry to say I feel 0 sympathy for this bigmouth slob. He deserved everything he got and more.
    Johnny-Go back to Rutts Hutt slinging hot dogs where you belong. You lose.