Some of Chris Laurita’s 10 brothers and sisters, like Dina Manzo and Jaime Laurita, accepted Chris’ surprising choice. He was, after all, engaged to someone else. Other family members, like older sister Caroline Manzo, did not. Jacqueline Laurita gives birth to CJ.
Caroline Manzo , who can never mind her own business, gets involved when Jacqueline needs a little “me” time shortly after the baby’s birth, and leaves the child with his father to go off by herself for a while. Chris Laurita is overwhelmed and calls Caroline. Caroline attacks Jacqueline so viciously that Jacqueline slaps the shit out of her, and Caroline presses charges. This incident is discussed on the Season 1 reunion episode.
A few years later, Bravo TV comes calling, seeking cast members for a new RH series, The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Dina Manzo, friend Teresa Giudice, sister in law Jacqueline Laurita, Caroline Manzo and a virtual stranger, Danielle Staub, are recruited.
Fast forward to Season 4. Jacqueline Laurita learns her youngest child, Nicholas, born during Season 2, has autism. But, in the midst of this discovery Jacqueline was not able to cope with the stress of celebrity and other family problems, and takes to twitter with a vengeance:
This is only the beginning of an apparent breakdown. Keep in mind these tweets were sent out last year, October 1, 2011, three days after the explosive Posche Fashion Show.
Notice Jac in the finale episode: the camera pans to her often, she is staring ahead, ignoring the arguments all around her, in an apparent drug and alcohol daze.
This was posted two days ago on a blog:
In the wake of mounting allegations against the Laurita family and the manner in which the Laurita Family raided the corporate assets of Signature Apparel to the tune of $55 million, it appears that the Laurita Family are attempting to limit Jacqueline’s liability by showing “diminished capacity”
This is an excerpt from the original story:
Chris and his brother Joseph Laurita founded Signature Apparel together in 2005, and according to court documents, drained the company and improperly used funds and assets to support their luxurious lifestyle — to the tune of $7,804,227.
But in November of 2009 the company filed bankruptcy prompting the debtor to come forward with the complaint and here are some examples of how they claim monies were misused:
* Nearly $2 million in credit card payments for the Laurita Family, including payments to more than 40 bank accounts.
* At least $331,637 for payments on no less than eleven leased cars, including a Bentley and a Maserati.
* At least $284,793 in airline travel expenses for the Laurita Family.
* At least $145,894 for private airplane rentals for the Laurita Family.
* At least $7,280 for travel agent expenses for the Laurita Family.
* At least $755,184 to defendant Christopher Laurita for undocumented or insufficiently documented reasons.
* At least $784,160 of disbursements directed by the Laurita Director Defendants (Chris and Joseph) to unknown recipients, without any documentation whatsoever.
“Jacqueline and Anthony Laurita each knew of the Laurita Director Defendant’s wrongful conduct, and each substantially assisted the Laurita Director Defendants in breaching their fiduciary duties by, among other conduct, accepting funds they each knew belonged to Signature and for which they each knew they had performed no services and/or provided no value,” the claim continued.
“Funds that should have been used to grow Signature’s business and to pay Signature’s vendors and creditors, instead were diverted to the Laurita Family Defendants.”
On March 14, 2011 Jacqueline and her husband Chris filed an amended answer to the complaint, wherein Jacqueline states she “lacks knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief as to the truth of the allegations of the First Amended Complaint.”
Jacqueline’s husband denied nearly all of the 155 allegations made in the claim and states that the complaint should be dismissed “because of a failure to state facts sufficient to constitute a cause of action and a failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.”
Does Chris Laurita plan to declare Jacqueline incompetent in order to relieve some of their debt?
It’s a slippery slope for Jacqueline, to say the least. Perhaps this is why Chris, who joined twitter only about a month ago, hasn’t stopped Jacqueline, with her insane tweets and messages.
Caroline would love to raise two boys again………just saying.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey Reunion Part 3 airs Sunday, October 14, on Bravo TV.