Adrienne Maloof is surviving divorce in a big way -- 5 months after hers she's dropped $12.75 million on a GINORMOUS 14,000-square-foot mansion in Beverly Hills ... TMZ has learned.
Adrienne's been renting a 10,000-square-foot casa ever since breaking things off with Paul Nassif -- but apparently that wasn't nearly enough house for her.
Instead, our real estate sources say Adrienne swooped up a bigger, better place last month in the same swanky gated BH community ... which means Charlie Sheen's still her neighbor.
Money can't buy everything -- but it did get Adrienne 14,025 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, a pool and epic views from her balcony.
Gloria Gaynor would be proud.
Paul Nassif Throws In The Towel
8/21/2013 2:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Adrienne Maloof just won a solid victory against her ex-hubby Paul Nassif ... after he essentially folded in family court.
Sources tell TMZ ... Adrienne and Paul were fighting bitterly over where their 11-year-old son Gavin should attend school. Adrienne wanted the boy, who has some learning and attention issues, to continue in regular school where he would get special attention. Paul wanted to send Gavin to a school which specialized in kids with serious disabilities.
We've learned today in court ... Paul DROPPED his claim and Gavin will continue in the school he's in ... which is what Adrienne wanted. Paul also dropped his request that she pay his attorney's fees.
And this is interesting ... we're told Paul also dropped his lawsuit against the former couple's chef, Bernie Guzman, who had plastered photos of a bruised Adrienne on his Facebook page, claiming Paul inflicted the injuries. Paul sued Bernie for making the claims, but today dropped the case.
Skin & Bones & Boobs
8/14/2013 10:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bev Hills Housewives
Secret New Castmember
Revealed at LAX
8/2/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The rumors have been swirling for months ... but TMZ finally has the video proof that former 2-time Miss Puerto Rico winner Joyce Giraud has joined the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."
Giraud -- along with Lisa & Ken Vanderpump, Kyle & Kim Richards, Brandi Glanville and Yolanda Foster were all at LAX this week ... waiting to board a flight to Puerto Rico.
Giraud tried to lay low ... in what appeared to be an effort to go unrecognized ... but our photog was quick to notice the beauty queen.
As for the other woman rumored to be joining the cast -- '90s actress Carlton Gebbia -- she wasn't at the airport, but sources tell TMZ she will appear on the show this season in a small role.
Taylor Armstrong was also M.I.A. at the airport -- we're told she's been spending a lot of time with her BF in Vail, CO -- but "Housewives" sources tell us she's also expected to make a small appearance on the show during the upcoming season.
'RHONJ' Star Danielle Staub
Way Better Than Indicted Co-Star
7/31/2013 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
While Teresa Giudice faces time behind bars for alleged bankruptcy fraud ... another 'Real Housewife' is making sure she doesn't suffer a similar fate ... by coughing up $35,000.
"Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Danielle Staub filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy back in June 2012, claiming she was knee deep in debt ... approx. $500,000 to $1,000,000.
As part of the bankruptcy process Danielle had to disclose all her assets ... that way when creditors came to clean her out they'd know how much loot is available.
FYI -- this is the part where some people get in trouble because they try to hide cash and valuables ... hoping Uncle Sam and creditors won't notice.
According to legal docs, filed last month, Danielle was accused of doing just that. Rather than keep up the charade, DS agreed to fork over $35k to her creditors to help settle her debts ... and avoid any nasty consequences.
If she didn't settle ... Danielle might be in a similar boat to co-stars Teresa and Joe Giudice -- who are being federally indicted on 39 counts of fraud (including hiding assets during bankruptcy). They face 30 years in prison.
Good choice, Danielle.
In the Face of Prison
7/30/2013 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice doesn't look fazed by the possibility of a massive looming prison sentence -- in fact, she was all smiles with her daughter on Tuesday ... and she looked damn good too.
As we reported, Giudice and her husband Joe each face up to 30 years in the big house for bank fraud, tax evasion, and more -- after officials say the couple defrauded the IRS and multiple banks from 2001-2008.
The couple surrendered to authorities just hours ago, and have each been released on $500,000 bond. They're due back in court August 14.
Released On $500k Bond Each
7/30/2013 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Teresa and Joe Giudice are each free on $500k bond ... after surrendering to federal authorities in their fraud case.
As part of the terms of their bail, both Teresa and Joe had to surrender their passports and are restricted to New York and New Jersey.
Joe, who is not a U.S. citizen, is subject to drug testing. Teresa will not have to subject herself to drug testing.
The "Real Housewives of New Jersey" couple is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in New Jersey on August 14.
As we previously reported, both Joe and Teresa are facing 30 years in prison after being hit with 39 counts of fraud.
Teresa's attorney has previously stated that she will plead not guilty to the charges.
Teresa & Joe Giudice
Back to Court
In Fraud Case
7/30/2013 6:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
With media surrounding the building, Teresa and Joe Giudice just strolled into a federal courthouse in New Jersey to deal with 39 counts of fraud ... counts that could land them in prison for 30 years.
The "Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars were locked hand-in-hand as they marched into the courtroom together ... Joe in a suit and tie and Teresa sporting a pantsuit.
The two are accused of greatly exaggerating their income while applying for loans back before RHONJ premiered in 2009.
They're also accused of submitting bogus mortgage and loan applications from 2001 to 2008.
The couple is currently waiting for their case to be called.
Bride's Guide to Avoid
7/29/2013 3:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
'Real Housewives' Stars
Facing 50+ Years in Prison
For Money Fraud
7/29/2013 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe have just been slapped with a laundry list of criminal charges -- ranging from bank fraud to tax evasion -- and now, they both face more than 50 years in prison if convicted.
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman just announced the 39-count indictment, claiming Teresa and her hubby massively defrauded the IRS as well as several banks between 2001-2008.
According to the U.S. Attorney, the Giudices conspired to illegally obtain mortgages and other loans from multiple banks by intentionally overestimating their incomes in order to get more money.
The Giudices also allegedly withheld vital information about their net worth from a U.S. bankruptcy trustee after filing for Chapter 7 in 2009 -- including Teresa's true income from the reality show.
As for tax evasion, Joe is accused of failing to file income tax returns for the years 2004-2008, during which he allegedly earned $1 million.
All told, the Giudices were hit with 39 charges -- including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, which carries a max prison sentence of 20 years, and bank fraud, which carries a max of 30 years. The remaining charges carry the possibility of even more prison time.
Neither Teresa nor Joe has been arrested, but they're both due in court Tuesday morning in Jersey.
A rep for Bravo had no comment.
Wedding Planner Is Full Of S**t
7/28/2013 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NeNe Leakes says the "celebrity wedding planner" suing her for MILLIONS in alleged unpaid wedding bills is straight up lying in a desperate attempt to grab 15 min of fame ... and she owes her squat.
TMZ broke the story ... Tiffany Cook filed a lawsuit in GA, claiming she planned NeNe's June wedding (which will be featured on Bravo) -- but claims the "Real Housewives" star never foot the massive bill. Tiff's asking for more than $2.5 MILLION!!!!!
We caught up to NeNe Saturday night in Beverly Hills to ask her about the nuptial-gate and she GOES OFF saying she NEVER hired the fame-hungry planner. She adds, "I don't owe her a f***ing dime."
In fact, NeNe's so confident, she's willing to bet her MOST precious asset on it ... it's hilarious.
Sued By Wedding Planner
You Weren't the Only One Stiffed On Wedding Day
7/26/2013 4:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star NeNe Leakes is being sued by her "celebrity wedding planner" -- who claims NeNe racked up a MILLION DOLLAR bill for her big day ... and never paid, TMZ has learned.
The woman going after Leakes is Tiffany Cook -- who claims NeNe hired Dream Design Weddings to coordinate the party for her marriage to Gregg Leakes on June 22, 2013 ... a wedding that will featured on a Bravo TV special in September.
In her suit, filed in Georgia, Cook claims Leakes promised to pay her 15% of the entire wedding budget PLUS fees design and execution of the wedding PLUS travel expenses to the event.
In total, Cook claims NeNe's budget for the wedding was $1.8 MILLION!!!!!!!!! And Cook claims she was due $270k (the 15%) PLUS another $889,900 (design fees) PLUS $1,750 (4 coach tickets from Florida to Georgia).
Cook claims NeNe did fork over the initial down payment ($18,750) ... but she hasn't seen a penny since -- and is suing for the remaining $1,142,900 balance ... PLUS damages.
In total, Cook -- who also put together Kordell Stewart's wedding to Porsha -- wants more than $2.5 MILLION for her troubles.
How's THAT for a wedding gift???
A rep for NeNe tells TMZ ... Cook was NOT the wedding planner, it was a man named Tony Conway, who made Nene's wedding spectacular.
The rep adds, "This lawsuit has no merit and it appears to be a baseless attempt to grab 15 min of fame."
'Real Housewives of OC' Star
By Real Tax Lien
7/14/2013 2:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former "Real Housewives of Orange County" star Lynne Curtin might not be on the show any more ... but Uncle Sam wants a piece of the green she made while she was, TMZ has learned.
According to docs ... the IRS filed a tax lien against Curtin claiming the former reality TV star needs to cough up some more tax dollars from the year 2009 ... to the tune of $32,006.24.
Lynne joined "Housewives" in 2008 (Season 4) and left in 2010 (after Season 5). Which means the money she allegedly failed to pony up in 2009 ... is partly "RHOOC" gold.
It's been a rough year for Lynne, as TMZ previously reported, she and her husband called it quits on their marriage after 22 years. He is NOT listed on the lien.
A rep for Lynne tells TMZ, she was unaware of the lien and her attorneys are looking into it.