A Chicago-area police officer says that the reality show cast infamous for brawls, hair-pulling and table-toppling beat him so severely that he was left with a broken arm, among other injuries, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Adolfo Arreola, a University of Illinois at Chicago police officer, filed a lawsuit against cast members of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” and the Bravo channel after he and his cousin were allegedly beaten severely in a brawl at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana.
Sources tell NBC Philadelphia that the cast was filming on vacation in the Dominican Republic city when, on the last scheduled night of their stay – Feb. 23 – some cast members were hanging out at the resort’s bar.
Arreola and his family were in Punta Cana on a family trip, according to the report.
The production company that films the cast is Sirens Media.
Arreola says in the lawsuit that “housewife” Teresa Giudice sprayed Arreola’s mother-in-law with champagne and then “mocked” the 53-year-old woman, reports the Tribune.
Arreola allegedly confronted Guidice, and in response some of the cast members, including Guidice’s husband Joe Guidice, Albie and Christopher Manzo – son’s of “housewife” Caroline Manzo – “savagely beat, kicked, punched, scratched, [and] jumped” on Arreola, reports the Tribune.
Arreola’s cousin, Jason A. Gomez, went to defend his cousin and the cast members beat him to the point of breaking his leg and tearing his MCL, the lawsuit states.
The cousins signed a non-disclosure agreement, stating that they would not sue or discuss the incident and received $25,000 each. About $8,000 went to the Dominican lawyer police provided them and they did not cash the check with the remaining money, reports the Tribune.
Arreola and Gomez say that they were forced to sign the papers stating they would not sue. They said that Dominican authorities withheld their passports until they agreed to sign the papers, reports the Tribune.
The “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast members are infamous for their constant fighting. The May 16 season premiere about a family brawl at a christening brought 2.8 million viewers – the biggest in Bravo’s history.