LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Was Jacqueline Laurita a stripper and how did Jacqueline Laurita meet Chris Laurita? Last week, RHONJ asked if Melissa Gorga was a stripper on the reunion telecast. Now Bravo has ready a new reunion show and another cast member to defend baseless stripper allegations: Jacqueline.
Jacqueline Laurita and Melissa Gorga weren’t strippers. But as RHONJ reaches the bottom of the barrel this season, if it hasn’t already, Bravo this week brings out all the husbands and housewives to put another cast member on “stripper trial”. The allegations are clearly baseless and used to drum up television ratings. Viewers have not reacted well to utterly false teasers used to drive ratings. But who is to blame for the latest round of allegations?
Teresa Giudice recently told news “And for the record, I don’t believe Melissa Gorga was a stripper. But I would care anyway. I have lots of ex-stripper friends, ahem.” Laurita has told news that Teresa needs to stop her allegations. In her own jab, Laurita wrote “I’m bracing myself 4more joy, I hear Teresa put out 1more article in in touch which should be the end of her 7cover contract.Can’t wait.”
Teresa is not the only person claiming that Laurita was a stripper. In Touch claims that Laurita skipped last year’s reunion telecast because Andy Cohen allegedly was going to ask her about the stripper allegations and feature a video appearance by Danielle Staub. “She feared that Danielle Staub would make a surprise appearance and tell all about Jacqueline’s stripping past” claimed the magazine. “She didn’t want to face the truth!”
Staub confirmed the same at the time. Staub told news that she was contacted by Bravo to tape a segment at the time. Moreover, when asked by a fan “Would u mind responding to the rumors that [Jacqueline was] an exotic dancer years ago in LV?”, Staub responded “She was and then some.”
But along with Teresa and Danielle, the print source is In Touch Weekly. In October 2011, the magazine claimed that Chris Laurita met Jacqueline when she was stripper in Las Vegas. “She has confirmed her stripper past to multiple friends who are covering up for her,” a source told the mag. “She is telling everyone to deny it!…. At the time, she was a single mom who needed to dance at a club in order to pay her bills”. And who is the “source”?
Laurita denied the allegations on October 28 last year. “I was not a stripper as said by shady people four money.” She claims that she didn’t even meet Chris in Las Vegas, but in Chicago. “Chris was a jobber in the wholesale apparel business and was building a new company. He was returning from vacation when he and his brothers decided last minute to go to the convention in Chicago,” Jacqueline told news. “Chris and his brothers happened to come by our booth and his brother just happened to know one of the girls I was working with through her sister. Chris and I were introduced. I thought nothing of it, besides the fact that he was a handsome guy with pretty blue eyes and dimples who was very quiet and seemed shy, but sexy at the same time.”
She later told news “From that day on it was nonstop visiting and ridiculously long and frequent phone calls –That went on for about five years,” she notes. “There was a year break between us after three years … I was so in love with him and I wasn’t dating other people, but I was scared to make the move. After our year apart, we both realized we were just meant to be together and it wasn’t worth fighting it anymore.”