The “Real Housewives of New Jersey” OG stated in the first installment of the Season 13 reunion that she believes sister-in-law Melissa Gorga is partly responsible for putting her “in jail” — not Caroline Manzo.
“I take that back,” Giudice, 51, told Gorga, 44, during a heated back and forth in Wednesday night’s episode. “I think you did.”
The “On Display” singer vehemently denied any involvement in Giudice’s 2013 fraud indictment and subsequent prison sentence, which concluded in December 2015 after 11 months.
Her now-ex-husband, Joe Giudice, was also convicted on mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud charges and completed 41 months behind bars in March 2016. He was later deported to his native Italy and now resides in the Bahamas.
During the reunion, Teresa accused Gorga and her husband, Joe Gorga — Teresa’s younger brother — of having friendly relations with a former business associate of Joe Giudice’s, an unidentified man she believes was instrumental in facilitating the duo’s time in the slammer.
“Do you want to go back, Andy [Cohen]?” Teresa asked the “Housewives” honcho before elaborating, “I want everybody to hear this because we’re bringing this all out because this is over after today.”
The “Turning the Tables” author then claimed that former “RHONJ” star Jacqueline Laurita told her “so much s—t” that the Gorgas were allegedly doing behind her back.
“Andy, Jacqueline told me, you know Joe’s ex-partner? He didn’t go to jail because he outed me and they were hanging out with him and they were speaking to him,” she said.
“I don’t even know Joe Giudice’s ex-partner … No I don’t, doll,” Melissa replied, calling Teresa the “queen of deflection” as the latter previously pinned blame on Manzo, 61.
“This is [when you were] like, Caroline Manzo put you in jail.”
The “Food, Love and Chaos with Caroline Manzo” host recently told Page Six that she did not call the FBI on the Giudices — but teased that she knows who did.
RHONJ’ recap: Teresa now believes Melissa put her ‘in jail,’ not Caroline Manzo. RHONJ’ recap: Teresa now believes Melissa put her ‘in jail,’ not Caroline Manzo