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Lisa Vanderpump Undecided on 'RHOBH' Future ... I Can't Let Them Win!!!

5/16/2019 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lisa Vanderpump's leaning toward bailing on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," but one thing's holding her back -- she refuses to give her castmates the satisfaction of seeing her go.

Sources close to Lisa tell TMZ ... she doesn't want to return to the show if it's renewed after what she's dealt with this season, but she absolutely feels like the other 'Housewives' have ganged up on her to push her out.

We're told LV thinks the reason she's raised the ire of her fellow 'RHOBH' stars this season is twofold -- they're jealous of her spin-off success with "Vanderpump Rules" ... and they're trying to distract attention away from their own family legal troubles.

For instance ... the husbands of Kyle Richards, Erika Jayne and Dorit Kemsley have all been hit with million-dollar lawsuits in the past year, but that's largely been avoided in season 9.

Our sources say Lisa thinks that's unfair, and she's grown tired of the negativity and BS directed at her. We're told she is uncertain she'll even attend the upcoming reunion show.

As for all of season 9's dog-drama -- aka PuppyGate -- Lisa's over that too, mostly because the pooch at the center of the controversy is in a happy home and living in the lap of luxury. We're told she feels like that's all been put to rest since taking a lie detector test to prove she didn't sell out Dorit ... so now she's moving on.

Our Vanderpump sources say she's now focusing her efforts on at-risk dogs in China where the annual Dog Meat Festival is approaching.

As for season 10 of 'RHOBH' -- Lisa's far from a lock to participate, when and IF Bravo greenlights it. 

'Real Housewives of Miami' Elsa Patton Dead at 84

5/12/2019 11:54 AM PDT

Elsa Patton -- the mother of 'Real Housewives of Miami' star Marysol Patton -- has died. 

Patton passed away over Mother's Day weekend surrounded by loved ones after battling a "long illness," according to a statement put out by her family. It's unclear what illness she was afflicted with -- her family didn't elaborate beyond that. 

They did, however, go on to thank the countless fans and friends who've asked about her condition as of late. The Patton family says private funeral services will take place in Miami.

"Mama" Elsa was a recurring star on the hit Bravo series when it ran from 2011 to 2013, having constant laugh out loud moments that made her a beloved character. Her one-liners and hilarious zingers were popular enough to get Elsa her own web series spinoff, "Havana Elsa" ... which covered her endeavors to start her own coffee chain. 

Elsa is survived by her two children, Marysol and Thomas Anthony Jones, her daughter-in-law and her grandson. Elsa's husband, Donald, died in 2018. 

She was 84.

RIP

Luann de Lesseps Nailed for 2 Mimosa Violation!!! Probation Dept. Blows Whistle

5/7/2019 12:34 PM PDT

Luann de Lesseps admitted to downing 2 mimosas ... and that's landed her a date in court with a judge.

The 'Real Housewives of New York' star told her probation officer last week she drank "2 glasses of mimosas after a performance" in Chicago ... according to docs obtained by TMZ. That, of course, is a HUGE no-no because she's supposed to lay off booze for a year under the plea deal in her 2017 Christmas Eve bust.

The probation officer presented Luann with 2 solutions -- immediately enroll in outpatient treatment for the failed sobriety test or submit to wearing an ankle monitor. According to the NY Post, Luann refused both ... saying her schedule's too busy for treatment, and the ankle monitor was too intrusive.

As a result, she's now due in court on May 23 for a probation violation hearing.

Not coincidentally, we think, Luann was accused back in February of not taking her probation seriously.

She tells us, "I am looking forward to my day in court to present evidence clarifying these allegations."

Dina Manzo Arrest Made in 2017 Home Invasion

5/3/2019 1:27 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Former 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Dina Manzo and her husband are finally close to getting justice -- a man's been arrested for their violent home invasion.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... James Mainello, a 51-year-old male from New Jersey is in police custody and is facing multiple charges for his role in the May 2017 incident. We're told DNA evidence was key in nailing the suspect ... who cops believe was one of the 2 alleged burglars.

As we reported ... Dina and David Cantin were attacked as soon as they walked in the front door of their home. The suspects struck Dina in the face and head and bludgeoned David with a baseball bat.

The couple was then zip-tied while the perps ransacked the house ... making off with cash and jewelry.

Mainello's been hit with multiple robbery charges, a burglary charge, multiple assault charges, a theft charge and several others. 

Dina and David's lawyer, Andrew Brettler, tells us everyone is extremely grateful to the New Jersey law enforcement authorities, "whose diligent investigation over the last two years culminated in today’s arrest."

The couple adds ... "Thank you to everyone who has expressed concern for our well-being. We’ve had such a great support system."

Tamra Judge Crotch-ing It Like It's Hot in Miami!!!

5/3/2019 12:30 AM PDT
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Tamra Judge wasn't wearing apple bottom jeans or boots with the fur ... but the club was most definitely looking at her, 'cause her crotch was exposed.

The "Real Housewives of Orange County" star hit up E11EVEN Miami earlier this week to celebrate Vicki Gunvalson's engagement and Shannon Beador's recent divorce. We're told the entire cast tore it up for the double celebration.

But, ya gotta check out the vid ... Tamra got on stage and twerked her ass off to Flo Rida's "Low," maybe a little too much 'cause Shannon had to step in and pull down her dress to avoid exposing her crotch.

Oops.

We've got pics too ... Vicki and Shannon wore "Bride to Be" and "Just Divorced" sashes to commemorate the occasion. We're told they all showed up late Tuesday night around midnight and left the club around 4 AM. They posted up at a VIP table and guzzled vodka and champagne.

BTW ... cameras were rolling for the show, so get ready to see this in an upcoming episode.

Camille Grammer Victory Over Ex-BF ... Jury Says He Assaulted Her

4/25/2019 8:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

It took almost 6 years, but Camille Grammer's secured a legal victory over her ex-boyfriend ... in a case involving assault and claims of defamation from both sides.

"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star came out on top in her civil suit against Dimitri Charalambopoulos Wednesday, after a jury ruled he attacked her in a Houston hotel in 2013 ... and she did NOT defame him by reporting it.

The jury also determined Charalambopoulos defamed Grammer when he went on "Access Hollywood" a month after the incident and claimed she fabricated the story. According to legal docs ... Grammer was awarded $36,000 in damages for the assault.

She was also awarded $25 for injury to her reputation from the defamation. Not a ton o' dough, but a win's a win.

We broke the story ... Kelsey Grammer's ex-wife claimed Dimitri, her boyfriend at the time, brutalized her in October 2013 after the 2 had an argument over a late-night text. A grand jury decided there was not enough evidence to charge him criminally, and he subsequently sued her for defamation.

Camille countersued, claiming her story was true and she has more than enough photos, witnesses and other evidence to establish it ... while tacking on her own claim of defamation.

In the end, the jury sided with her.

Ex-'RHOC' Star Lynne Curtin Re-Files for Divorce ... 2nd Time's a Charm??

4/18/2019 8:46 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

4/18, 8:46 AM PT -- According to the divorce docs, obtained by TMZ, Lynne is requesting spousal support. She lists their official date of separation as January 19, 2012. 

Former 'Real Housewife' Lynne Curtin is giving divorce a second chance ... refiling to break from her husband after snoozing on her first go-around.

Lynne -- a "Real Housewives of Orange County" vet from seasons 4 and 5 -- just filed new court docs to divorce her estranged husband, Frank Curtin. They've been married for nearly 30 years, but clearly hit a rough patch in 2012 ... when she tried this the first time.

That one didn't stick because both parties sat on the case and a judge dismissed the attempted divorce in late 2017. It's unclear why Lynne and Frank took no action in their divorce for 5 years -- it's possible they just ignored it while attempting to work things out, and fully reconciled the marriage.

What is clear with the new filing is that Lynn wants out now.

They have 2 kids together, but they're both adults now ... so there won't be any child support issues.

That's assuming they actually go through with the big D this time.

Originally published -- 4/17 4:24 PM PT

'RHONJ' Star Dolores Catania Rescues Baby Bat!!! TMZ Photog Plays Robin

4/16/2019 7:05 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Holy baby animals in trouble, Batman!   

That's what Dolores Catania was probably thinking when she found an apparently injured bat on an NYC street and stepped up to save the day ... with an assist from our paparazzo.

We got the 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star in NYC Monday, shortly after she launched Operation Bat Rescue. Dolores explained her doctor's visit was delayed after she stumbled on the baby bat. She was frantically trying to get someone to take the animal to the nearest bat cave ... AKA some experts to nurse it back to health.

That's where our guy, Jeremy, became her Johnny-on-the-spot. Dolores was in a bind due to a scheduled doctor's appointment (facials ain't gonna do themselves, after all) and begged Jeremy to save the day ... or, at least, the bat.

Dolores, a huge animal lover who always tweets about animal rescues, was outside her doctor's office when she convinced Jeremy to do her bidding. She asked him to take the BAT to a BIRD sanctuary ... which doesn't exactly add up, but beats leaving it for dead.

Watch the clip to see how he got the job done.

BTW, we got this update since the drop-off. Turns out it's a male Eastern red bat. 

This little guy was severely dehydrated, but much like your average town drunk ... after getting some fluids, we're told he's doing much better. And, don't worry, Eastern red bats aren't mini-Draculas. We checked ... they eat moths and insects.  

BTW, urgent care for bats? NYC really does have it all.

NeNe Leakes So Proud Of My Hubby He's Kicking Cancer's Ass!!!

4/3/2019 1:48 PM PDT

NeNe Leakes is celebrating an important milestone in her husband's battle with cancer ... he's made it through 6 months of chemo!!!

The 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star just shared a video update on Gregg's health, and he's looking good. NeNe's bae was banging a gong in a hospital to mark his milestone. He also got a well-deserved round of applause and tons of hugs.

Gregg was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer last May, and in October he started his chemo treatments. NeNe says it has been a long emotional ride for her entire family, and she says she's so happy for her man and the strength he's showing. 

Gregg's diagnosis has been a storyline throughout the current season of 'RHOA' ... and NeNe is thanking all their family, friends, fans, doctors and nurses for the support, prayers and gifts ... including some recipes.

Just a real good feel good moment here for Gregg and NeNe. 

Teresa Giudice Smiles Painfully Hours After Joe's Taken Into ICE Custody

3/15/2019 6:40 AM PDT

Teresa Giudice put on a brave face for her brother's book release party ... hard to do just hours after her husband, Joe, was taken into ICE custody.

The 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star dressed to the nines Thursday night in NYC for a shindig honoring her brother, Joe Gorga. He released his book, "The Gorga Guide to Success" ... in which he talks about succeeding in business, marriage and life.

We got Teresa walking into the party locked arm-in-arm with her pops, Giacinto. She was mum about Joe's predicament. As we reported ... Joe was officially released Thursday from a Pennsylvania prison but was immediately taken into ICE custody.

Joe -- who served 36 months for conspiracy to commit wire and bankruptcy fraud -- remains at an undisclosed location while he's appealing his deportation case.

Tons is on the line ... Teresa said she'll divorce Joe if he ends up getting deported back to Italy.

Joe Giudice Released from Federal Prison ... Now the Property of ICE

3/14/2019 5:25 AM PDT

3/14 5:25 AM PT -- ICE officials tell us Joe is now officially out of federal prison and, as expected, he is in ICE custody -- at an unknown location. He will remain there at least until he gets his day in court to appeal deportation.

Teresa Giudice's husband, Joe Giudice, won't have one second of freedom to enjoy when he's released from prison this week ... 'cause ICE will be right there to pick him up.

An ICE spokesperson tells TMZ ... their office is fully expecting Allenwood Low Federal Correctional Institution in PA to hand over Joe Thursday when he's released. 

It's unclear exactly where ICE will take him, but Joe could be in one of the agency's detention centers for a while. He's appealing his deportation, and with the case still pending ... who knows when he'll actually get his day in court.

Until then, he'll remain in ICE's custody.  

Teresa has said she'll divorce Joe if he ends up getting deported back to Italy -- so a lot on the line here. 

Originally Published -- 3/13 12:46 PM PT

'RHOA' Star Peter Thomas Set to be Freed from Jail ... Settles Bad Check Case

3/6/2019 1:10 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star Peter Thomas is THIS close to getting sprung from a Florida jail ... following his arrest for allegedly writing a bad check in Louisiana.

TMZ broke the story ... Peter was busted Friday after getting off a plane at Miami Intl. Airport. The arrest stemmed from an outstanding warrant in Louisiana, where he was wanted for allegedly writing a $4k check that bounced.

But now, the St. John the Baptist Parish District Attorney's Office tells TMZ ... Peter's resolved the matter after his attorney paid the guy $4k. Because he squared away the debt, the D.A.'s Office will not move forward with the case.

We're told Peter is still in custody in Miami but the D.A.'s in the process of notifying the Sheriff's Office, and Peter will soon be set free. Peter's attorney, Keith A. Doley, tells TMZ, "This appears to have been a very big misunderstanding on several people's part and It was not a malicious intent on Mr. Thomas’ end."

Peter -- who infamously pulled a knife on Kenya Moore's ex, Matt Jordan, back in 2017 -- told us the allegations were false and he had no doubt he'll be acquitted from any wrongdoing.

Looks like he was right. 

Danielle Staub Wedding Postponed ... My Daughters Aren't Having It!!!

3/2/2019 5:10 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Danielle Staub's wedding looks like it's going to have to wait ... because her daughters are putting up a fight.

"The Real Housewives of New Jersey" star was heading into her NYC hotel Saturday when she revealed she might not marry her fiance, Oliver Maier, on Monday as planned. Danielle claims her 2 daughters are "pushing back" ... but it's unclear what their issue is.

Danielle and Oliver were spotted heading into Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry store earlier Saturday to pick out her wedding ring, which she says will be ready Monday ... even if they don't tie the knot. 

Looks like they took a close look at a variety of styles, too ... while enjoying a drink.

As for whether or not Danielle's having second thoughts about getting married (for the fourth time) ... she says no way -- Maier's the one.

We broke the story ... Danielle's ex-husband, Marty Caffrey, thinks her getting remarried so quickly might be less about true love and more about money. Remember, they were just officially divorced 9 days ago, and part of their agreement includes her buying their $2 million house.

Either way, the 'RHONJ' star is engaged for the 21st time, and if her daughters get their wish ... it'll stay that way for awhile longer.

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