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Are you a female resident of the Garden State whose taste for drama is matched only by her love of sequins and spray tans?
Then contact Andy Cohen ASAP, because you might have a future flipping tables on one of reality TV’s trashiest series!
Yes, The Real Housewives of New Jersey is looking for new cast members.
It’s exciting news for Jersey residents, as along with the E Street Band and Chris Christie’s gravy supplier, the show is one of the state’s most reliable sources of steady employment.
With Siggy Flicker departing the series and ratings at an all-time low, cast members and producers are reportedly desperate to pull RHONJ “out of the gutter.”
And in this case, that’s not just a euphemism for moving out of New Jersey.
“Network execs told the ladies that they had to get the show ‘out of the gutter’ or else it was going to be canceled,” a production source tells Radar Online.
Insiders say the show is finding trouble finding affluent women who are willing to blow up their personal lives on national television for 15 minutes of fame.
“The women were told to find a way to make the show better and to help find a new lady to join the show that wouldn’t be so divisive. Bravo wants fun and this season was not fun,” says the insider.
Wait … there was a fun season of RHONJ?!
Would that be the one where Teresa Giudice went to prison, or the one where her husband went to prison?
We kid. In its early days, the show really did have a sense of fun and frivolity.
Of course, it’s hard to hold onto that when you have cast members serving hard time.
Anyway, the effort to land a new Jersey Housewife has reportedly gone in some bizarre directions.
According to one report, Melissa Gorga attempted to convince Chrissy Teigen to join the cast.
It didn’t pan out for the obvious reasons that Teigen is 1. not from New Jersey, 2. not a housewife, and 3. far too famous to ever seriously consider such a move.
But we can’t blame Gorga for trying something desperate, as sources say if the show doesn’t land a new lady soon, it won’t be returning for another season.
Watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey online to get caught up in time for what could be the show’s final episodes.
Even though Dr. Larry Nassar has been convicted of child porn and is accused of molesting over 140 girls, the fact remains that Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney is not exactly free to testify about his alleged crimes against her.
If she does, the non-disclosure agreement that she signed years ago would reportedly subject her to a $ 100,000 fine.
But one famous and beloved celebrity, Chrissy Teigen, is offering to foot the bill.
Back in October, McKayla Maroney courageously revealed that her team doctor had molested her when she was a minor.
All of those famous moments of her in the Olympics? Those were when she was under the power of Dr. Larry Nassar.
Nassar would allegedly give his young female patients “treatments,” using the pretense of medical care to molest them.
The abuse went on for years.
All told, the number of women who accuse Larry Nassar of sexual abuse number over 140.
Early Tuesday morning, The Daily Mail published that McKayla Maroney is effectively barred from testifying at Dr. Larry Nassar’s sentencing.
To be clear, though he has confessed to a “small” number of sex abuse charges …
(Small only in contrast to the volume of his accusers)
… Dr. Nassar’s sentence of 60 years in prison came from his possession of a truly alarming volume of child pornography.
Dozens of women are scheduled to speak at Nassar’s sentencing, but McKayla Maroney may be barred from giving her own victim impact statement.
We know that this is strange, since McKayla shared her story in a very public manner, months ago.
McKayla is currently suing USA Gymnastics, accusing them of knowing about Dr. Nassar and covering up his crimes (presumably to protect themselves from sharing in the blame).
Oh boy, has that not gone well.
What led to McKayla signing the NDA in the first place was desperation. She was suffering psychological problems as a result of years of trauma from sexual abuse. Unfortunately, receiving her much-needed treatment costs money.
But there are multiple legal challenges to NDAs, particularly when such an agreement appears to exist in order to cover up a crime. We’ll see how that goes.
In the mean time, McKayla is a successful Olympian, but probably not in a position where she could just pay $ 100,000 like it’s a parking ticket.
In the mean time, however, there’s a much more direct and simple solution to McKayla Maroney’s dilemma.
Chrissy Teigen shared the article about how she might be fined, and tweeted:
“The entire principle of this should be fought – an NDA to stay quiet about this serial monster with over 140 accusers, but I would be absolutely honored to pay this fine for you, McKayla.”
That’s such a good move and a very generous offer.
$ 100,000 is a lot of money, but Chrissy Teigen can definitely make good on it, even if you don’t factor in that her husband is John Legend.
But hopefully she won’t have to.
There’s bad press, and then there’s millionaire celebrities had to step in because of our NDA that protects a serial sexual predator bad press.
USA Gymnastics would be smart to wave the NDA. It would make them look better. (Remember how celebrities spoke out, with some like Taylor Swift writing checks, in defense of Kesha? Even Sony was feeling the pressure. That can happen for USA Gymnastics, too)
As of yet, we haven’t seen a public response from McKayla, who seems to no longer be on Twitter and Instagram. (Which we absolutely understand)
After her baby daddy Adam Lind’s latest arrest, Chelsea Houska wisely moved to limit his visitation with their daughter.
And that makes even more sense when you here the details of the charges that he’s facing for his domestic assault.
All four of them.
As we mentioned, Adam Lind was arrested … again … and has some serious legal struggles ahead of him.
This time, it’s wasn’t for yet again testing positive for meth right before having a visitation for one of his kids.
It wasn’t even for another domestic assault, though it’s definitely related to his recent bout of alleged violence against a woman.
This last arrest was for violating a protective order.
How did he get a protective order — forbidding him from coming near or contacting baby mama Stasia Huber — in the first place?
Well, hear it in Stasia’s own words:
“While under the influence of drugs, alcohol, and steroids,” Stasia reveals in court documents. “he fractured my forearm.”
That alone would be a nightmare and, quite frankly, enough for us to be just fine with the idea of Lind spending a solid chunk of time in prison, but Stasia Huber continues:
“… Locked me in the house saying I couldn’t leave, smashed my phone …”
Terrifying. She’s describing being imprisoned and cut off, unable to flee his alleged violence and also unable to call for help.
“And once he realized what he had done, he broke down crying and took me to the ER.”
A lot of abusers display remorse; it doesn’t mean that they’re going to change. And it doesn’t undo their unforgivable actions.
So, what do those horrible deeds look like in official, legal terms?
RadarOnline got a hold of some court documents. After Adam Lind was arrested on November 2nd, he was charged with:
For the first count: “He did attempt to cause bodily injury to another and had the actual ability to cause the injury.”
For the second count: “Did recklessly cause bodily injury to another.”
For the third count: “Attempting by physical menace or credible threat to put another in fear of imminent bodily harm, with or without the actual ability to harm the other person.”
And for the fourth count, he was charged with intentionally causing bodily harm to another.
Quite frankly, we’re surprised that none of those charges includes kidnapping or false imprisonment or something along those lines.
(It’s always possible that the charges could be amended, we’re sure)
Considering the allegations against Lind, the charges, the fact that he apparently violated Stasia’s protective order, and the timeline — that he got busted for meth as recently as April … well, he’s in a whole heap of trouble.
Adam Lind was released from jail. Maybe this time, he’ll pay attention to Stasia Huber’s protective order.
All of this is fodder to reduce or outright end visitations. Quite frankly, a man who does the things of which Adam Lind is accused does not need to be around children, no matter how much he may love them in his moments of sobriety.
Chelsea Houska is really one of the better mothers in the Teen Mom franchise. By all appearances, Aubree would be better served by spending zero time with a ‘roided out meth-head.
Honestly, Adam Lind’s arrest record isn’t colorful — it’s chilling. Visitation and custody topics could be moot, depending upon what the court thinks of his behavior.
He has a plea hearing on Thursday, and his jury trial begins on January 18th. We’ll keep you updated.
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