LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Joe Giudice is battling mistress allegations, claims of an affair, and possibilities of prison after a recent jail stint. But tonight, he is facing off against a new challenge: Chris Laurita. While Chris Laurita tells Giudice tonight that he likes Joe, that relationship will change dramatically later in the season.
In 2011, Jacqueline Laurita released shocking text messages between her and Teresa. In them, Laurita’s wife claimed that Joe Giudice was threatening Chris. It remains unclear when that will come up during the current RHONJ season.
But in 2011, during filming this season, Jacqueline told news “Teresa puts out an article that I text her an and threaten to release those [alleged cheating] pictures [of Joe] and I didnât. I want to prove that Teresa is s…”.
Jacqueline told Teresa at the time “Tell your husband I am not getting into your business and not to threaten my husband. I didnât take or release those pictures about your husband [ Joe]. I didnât take or release those pictures and Iâm also not the one in them.”
The pictures at issue dominated news in fall 2011. The pictures accompanied a report in which Giudice was accused of socializing with another woman, a claim Teresa denied. Jacqueline also wrote to Teresa “I tried to stop them [from being released]. I thought I was helping you. Donât shoot the messenger. You were going to see them anyway. I just want to give you both a heads up to be prepared before it went public. “
But tonight, the situation is far more tame between the Lauritas and the Giudices. Chris tells Joe “I like you and Teresa. I do. But when I hear you talking s- about me. … you told some bottling guy that I was shady.”
Chris then tells news that “I heard that Joe was saying things to discredit myself as a businessman.” He adds “to use the word shady when we are suppose to be friends is not acceptable to me. “