by Vicki Hyman/The Star-Ledger
What exactly happened between “Real Housewives of New Jersey” co-stars Dina Manzo and Danielle Staub? Clearly there was some bad blood between the two even before the appearance of the infamous “Cop Without a Badge” and the resulting tsunamis. But the clash is only alluded to on-camera when Dina Manzo dead-pans in the season premiere: “We kind of had a misunderstanding. I maybe told her I was going to kick her ass.”
Cornered in a makeup chair at Salon Luba in Hackensack on Monday, Manzo kindly decides to spill to us. Here’s her story:
“ Bravo didn’t plan on paying the housewives, but sister Caroline Manzo and Chris Laurita , her brother and Jacqueline Laurita’s husband, consulted with an entertainment lawyer, who managed to negotiate salaries — “a few thousand dollars” — for each of them.
Staub didn’t want to pay a portion of the lawyer’s fees, and was nasty about it, Manzo says. But what really made Manzo want to “kick her ass” was when Staub repeatedly called Jacqueline Laurita about the blow-up, even though Laurita was then recovering from the latest in a series of miscarriages.”
But Staub claims she negotiated her contract on her own, so she didn’t feel she needed to chip in. She also says that Laurita had been calling her, not the other way around, and that she hooked Laurita up with the doctor who helped her and Chris get pregnant and carry their new baby to term — Nicholas was born last week — “so yeah, that’s about all I’m gonna say about that.”