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Bloody Real Housewives Brawl Leads To Assault Claims Against Cast Members

Two cast members of the Real Housewives of New Jersey are accused of assaulting a guest at the grand opening of a Ridgewood business.

A Paramus man has filed charges against two cast members of the Real Housewives of New Jersey after a sink-throwing brawl left blood on the walls at the Saturday grand opening of a Ridgewood clothing boutique.

More than 100 guests were at the opening of Real Housewives regular Kim DePaola's Posche 2, including the show's cast and crew, when the drama broke out.

Moxie Salon co-owner Jennifer Dunn, a Saddle Brook native, confirmed a fight broke out at Porsche 2 — which is in the same space as Moxie Salon's yet-to-open second location — after a guest, identified as Johnny Karagiorgis, 38, of Paramus, allegedly made fun of the autistic son of cast member Jacqueline Laurita and her husband, Christopher.

Joe Gorga and Albie Manzo came to Christopher Laurita's aid during the confrontation and it led to a brawl between the Housewives men and Karagioris, Dunn said.

"It was a huge brawl. Three of Kim D's clothes racks were destroyed and three of our custom sinks were broken," Dunn told Patch Wednesday. "There was blood on the walls."

One of the fight participants threw one of the sinks during the fight, Dunn said. Bravo's cameras were rolling and captured the tumult.

Ridgewood police confirmed a brawl took place Saturday night and said Karagiorgis filed a citizen's complaint alleging that three men assaulted him.

Sources tell Patch two of the three men named in Karagiorgis's complaint are cast members Gorga and Christopher Laurita. Manzo was not named in the complaint, sources said.

Police said the investigation into the brawl remains active. Ridgewood Municipal Court Judge David Pfund will conduct a probable cause hearing to determine if charges are filed against the alleged aggressors.

"There was a report of a dispute that led to an assault," Ridgewood Police Chief John Ward said. "We cannot confirm or deny it involved any cast members."

Ward declined further comment, but said he was unaware if any cross-complaints had been filed against Karagiorgis or other parties.

Dunn estimated the damage to the sinks and the wall to be more than $15,000. Kim D's clothing damage was also said to have represented tens of thousands in losses. 

The Housewives were remorseful the brawl broke out on Saturday night, Dunn said.

"They felt really awful about it. I want people to know they're so much nicer than they're made out to be."

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CJandMMom April 04, 2013 at 04:55 PM
As much as I find the show appalling and really not an accurate or even realistic portrait of the true NJ...good for Albie and Joe. What makes a grown man verbally assault a child is beyond comprehension...even more so if the child is autistic. Mr. Karagiorgis thinks that a store's grand opening is a venue (not that there's ANY such venue for that sort of disgusting behavior) to mock a child?
Christine Souza April 05, 2013 at 01:14 AM
Why would a grown man make fun of a small boy with Autism? A beating is exactly what he deserved!
gessie April 09, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Why would you believe that he did, is the bigger question. Sounds like a very politically correct excuse and or defense to garner sympathy.
Jennifer April 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM
John K would NEVER levy an insult against a child, let alone an autistic child- his wife was a Special Needs teacher for years. Something else went down, and/or they made a mistake. John's a funny as hell kind of guy, not one that anyone would ever have anything bad to say about him. He is a well known character in our town.

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