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'NJ Housewife' -- Reality Show Good, Sex Tape Bad

6/24/2009 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Danielle Staub"Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Danielle Staub has no problem putting the most intimate moments of her life on display for the world to see -- except for when she's getting intimate.

Staub is trying to block the release of a sex tape her former boyfriend is trying to sell. Her lawyer filed a complaint today in Passaic County Superior Court alleging Stephen Zalewski, who also appeared on the reality show, invaded her privacy and has caused her and her young daughters emotional distress.

Also causing Staub's young children emotional distress -- seeing their mother on "Real Housewives of New Jersey."

Zalewski told Star magazine, "I'm definitely weighing my options as far as selling [the tapes] and getting them out there ... She cost me so much money, why shouldn't I make a few dollars?"

UPDATE -- Staub won round one. A judge granted a temporary injunction against the tape. The order could become permanent at a hearing next month.

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61.

kelly    

i didn't like this lady from day one.. and i watched all the shows.. but in the end i really felt for her.. but something is off with her.. the one i can't stand is the mom.. the red headed bitch.. can't stand her.. you can tell she would do wrong, break the law, kill to make her family "look'" good.. screams mafia like she denies

1884 days ago
62.

Abby    

Who cares about the woman's past. Why can't you all leave her alone. If not for her sake, at least for the girls.

1884 days ago
63.

ali    

I FEEL BAD FOR HER, THAT GUY JUST USED HER ALL TOGETHER AND NOW HE WANTS TO MAKE MONEY OFF A SEX TAPE...WHAT A PERV!!! ANYWAY HER PAST IS JUST THAT A PAST.....IT IS NOT FOR ALL THOSE STUCK UP BITCHES IN NJ TO JUDGE HER!!! TRUST ME I HOPE THAT DINA CHOKES ON SOME ITALIAN BREAD THAT HER SISTER COOKS!!!

1884 days ago
64.

Toni    

She is a disgusting horse face whore. She already put it all out there so wtf is her problem.? shes nothing but a drama queen, liar, whore and trailer trash. It's only a matter of time before shes out of that big house and on the street where she belongs. She's a disgrace as a mother.

1884 days ago
65.

Jinx    

Can you even IMAGINE the torment these kids are getting from their classmates?!!? Oh my God! Like school years aren't difficult enough without your Mom being on a reality show that portrays her in a not very flattering light. I feel so bad for those girls!

1884 days ago
66.

Mags131    

It was Danielle, not her boyfriend, who caused her own children emotional distress when she agreed to make a sex tape. And, she is not taking personal responsibility for her own bad, selfish decision. Who cares about her sex tape. The Father of those children should file a restraining order to keep her children from their pyscho, immoral Mother.

1884 days ago
67.

lorraine    

I feel sorry for her. I had read that she was sexually abused (repeatedly) as a young child. I work with women who have experienced such trauma, and it is not uncommon for them to be very sexually active. This is the only thing that they think they are good for. I am guessing that this is the case with her. On top of this, she is faced with a very tight knit family which is protective of one another. Let's see.....she was not protected when she should have been, and this family is "tight as thieves". Let's be compassionate, folks, and show some compassion. This had to be extremely difficult for her. Take off your judges robes, and put the gavels down!

1883 days ago
68.

Dawn    

People keep saying to take the kids away from Danielle, but he used to beat her up. So you want the kids to go to someone who abused people? Do you realize how foolish that sounds?

1883 days ago
69.

A MOMMY    

SHE IS A POOR EXCUSE FOR A MOTHER

1862 days ago
70.

Gina    

These women came off like the wives in "Goodfellas". Tacky, airheads, and way too much make up and dated hairstyles. I am not surprised that a couple of them had mafia ties in their past. I don't blame people from New Jersey for being embarassed.

1883 days ago
71.

Randiba    

I think that if this so called "classy" lady talks about her phone sex on national television what hurt is it to her that a sex tape comes out? She says all this crap about hurting her children? What HAVEN'T they been hurt by, but hey if thats the way you roll then roll on away! I hope she doesn't still try the innocent act anymore after this! TMZ if there is a bar fight where she gets a beat down, you all better be there to film it! Because THAT woulde be some great television!!!

1883 days ago
72.

real jersy gurl    

Ok. What idiot goes through the hassel of changing her name, and relocating to escape her past, only to go on national tv, and air all of her personal details ? She needs to stop worrying about lawyers and spend that money on psychologists for her and her poor emotionally abused daughters. She represents the absolute worst qualities of greedy, fake, psycho, desperate people. A hot mess!

1861 days ago
73.

vette    

Oh pleeeeeeze this woman is not s victim!!!!!!! She is creator of all her misery, and drama. Who wants to to see Count Chocula's Sister nude....Seeing her in a bikini was disgusting enough!!!!! She needs to get right with herself and take care of her kids enough is enough!!!!

1883 days ago
74.

MEC1140    

Who the hell wants to look at those two appearance challenged people bumping uglies? I wouldn't watch this if HE paid ME! He's fat and fugly!!

1837 days ago
75.

kay    

Hey, Danielle. Here's a novel idea. If you don't want to be seen in a sex tape, don't make a sex tape.

1835 days ago
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