Giudices – Crisis Management gone Awry by NMD
I am beginning to wonder if Teresa and Joe Giudice comprehend the seriousness of their situation. They have been in legal trouble for years now – first with the fraudulent bankruptcy case, and then Joe’s use of falsified documents case – so perhaps being charged on 39 41 federal counts doesn’t seem as daunting to them as it would the average person. Their behavior is just – unusual.
To backup – they are charged with multiple counts of providing fraudulent information to obtain bank loans. In specific, they filled out paperwork saying Teresa was employed and bringing in a salary when applying for a variety of real estate loans. She was a stay at home mom at the time. I’m unclear whether the loans were for their personal home or other ventures such as the rental units or pizza place, or if one loan was taken out to pay off another -but when the real estate bubble burst in 2006 they – like many others – presumably found themselves holding real estate that was worth less than they owed the bank. They attempted to discharge their debt through a bankruptcy filing. That didn’t work out so well for them – and seems to have been the catalyst that led to a deeper investigation. Joe also ran into trouble with a business partner – who likely had access to a whole lot of information that helped with the investigation. And somehow amidst all of this, Joe managed to get a DUI, lose his driver’s license, get charged with using his brother’s ID to obtain a fraudulent license and continued to film a reality show.
When the federal charges emerged this summer, I thought they’d keep a lower profile. Filming for Season Five had wrapped – with the exception of the reunion. It was the perfect time to “batten down the hatches” and concentrate on their legal problems. They didn’t. Instead they’ve done a number of questionable things, such as:
1) Agreeing to an interview on Andy Cohen’s talk show WWHL. For those of you that watched the interview, it was frustrating. A) Joe claimed that he was a citizen, before correcting himself and saying he held a green card. B) Teresa claimed to have little to no understanding of the charges. I fully understand her claiming innocence – but how what possible advantage is there in not admitting to understanding the charges?
2) The Crisis Manager, Wendy Feldman. This week Wendy has been very busy on twitter and talking to magazines about her client Teresa. I don’t understand it at all. I very much understand that Teresa would benefit from a crisis team – and Wendy Feldman having experience with the legal system and counseling people that are facing incarceration also makes sense. What doesn’t make sense to me is why this woman is talking to magazines about Teresa, or tweeting her love for Jill Zarin. “I love my girl @Jillzarin loyal and kind times a million” was tweeted a few days ago. Call me cynical, but it appears as though Wendy is using Teresa to promote her business – and quite frankly, I think Teresa made a huge mistake putting her trust in this woman. This – after all – was probably the crisis manager that Teresa hired last summer – and was guiding Teresa when she wrote the blog calling out Caroline Manzo – which led to Caroline branding Teresa a liar on national TV. This was also the crisis manager that allowed Teresa to appear on WWHL. This is not an opportunity to brand Teresa. She really needs help from professionals. Wendy going public has also given the strong impression that Teresa is preparing herself for time behind bars – as this is one of the services Wendy advertises on her website.
3) The Reality Show. All last season we had to hear Teresa’s ghost writer Heather MacLean whine about how Teresa was under contract with Bravo and forced to be on the show. Yet we also knew that Teresa signed up for Season 3 AFTER learning that Bravo had signed Melissa and Joey. Now it appears as though Teresa has cameras following her around as she heads to court. Having cameras on this couple can not be a good idea. What if they get drunk and say something incriminating? Can they trust the producers not to edit in something that didn’t happen?
It’s hard to imagine a happy ending for Teresa and Joe. It is easy to imagine Bravo, former reality stars looking for a little attention and Crisis Managers taking advantage of this couple. I hope that doesn’t happen, but I’m doubtful.