Thursday, June 25, 2009
Sex Tape 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Danielle Staub blocks sex tape
'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Danielle Staub blocks sex tape
Danielle Staub of Bravo's 'Real Housewives of New Jersey outside a Paterson, N.J. court on Wednesday after winning the right to halt the release of an X-rated tape of her and her ex-boyfriend
Danielle Staub of Bravo's 'Real Housewives of New Jersey outside a Paterson, N.J. court on Wednesday after winning the right to halt the release of an X-rated tape of her and her ex-boyfriend.
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"Housewives" star Danielle Staub blocked her ex-boyfriend from releasing an X-rated video of her Wednesday, even as another uproar over her unsavory past percolated.
A judge granted a temporary injunction against Stephen Zalewski after the New Jersey girl said she didn't know he taped their sexcapades until she read it in a magazine. "It sickened me," Staub told the judge during a hearing.
Staub, 46, the lightning rod on Bravo's "Real Housewives of New Jersey," claimed Zalewski, 27, was trying to get revenge because she dumped him.
"This is about my kids," the mother of two said of her suit against Zalewski. "I'm a big girl. Do what you want to me. But you broke bread with my children .... No adult should ever do this to a child."
Zalewski, who briefly appeared on the show, was not in court and did not return calls for comment.
Staub's courthouse victory may have been tempered by the latest revelations about her criminal record.
TheSmokingGun obtained documents that suggest Staub seriously downplayed her 1986 arrest - a major story line during the first season and a hot topic on tonight's 9 p.m. reunion show.
On the show's June 16 finale, Staub insisted there were only two true facts about her in the 1995 book "Cop Without a Badge," penned by her ex-husband: She changed her name and she was once arrested.
The court papers show Staub - whose name was Beverly Ann Merrill back then - and then-boyfriend Daniel Aguilar were arrested in June 1986 in a kidnapping plot stemming from a cocaine deal gone bad.
She and Aguilar, a dealer for a Colombian drug family, were nabbed for allegedly holding a man for $24,000 ransom.
Staub insisted on-air that she was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but the papers state she called the kidnapped man's father and "threatened injury or death" if she didn't get the money. When she was arrested in Miami, 6 kilos of cocaine and $16,000 in cash also were found.
The papers also say Merrill - who copped a plea to extortion charges and was sentenced to drug treatment - "worked for an escort service."
Staub's lawyer declined to comment on the documents.Bravo said it didn't know about her past when it cast her on the show.
"We did not know about her past - the book or the allegations - when we cast her," said Bravo spokeswoman Cameron Blanchard, senior vice president of Bravo communications.
"Things only started to come to light during the taping of the show. There are background checks, but they are less extensive for a docudrama, where the subjects don't live together, than for a competition show, where everyone is in one house."
"The Real Housewives of New Jersey" has been the most successful installment in the franchise and is likely to be picked up, leaving wide open the question of Staub's future on the show.