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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Alex's Blog 5-27-10

Blog from Bravo RH website HERE.

RHONY reunion being filmed

The RHONY were filming the reunion show as of yesterday, hope Andy was tougher then last year.

Cast of RHOBH-Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Click on THIS link  for details about the RHOBH future cast at the Daily Truffle.

Danielle's ex responds to Danielle

Article from US magazine about Danielle's book and her ex.

Kevin Maher says that he's been accused by ex-wife Danielle Staub (Real Housewives of New Jersey) of "horrific" crimes: rape, assault, even killing her dog.

Maher -- whose own book Cop Without a Badge alleged involvement by Staub in kidnapping and drug use -- spoke exclusively to to refute his ex-wife's many claims against him. The pair wed in 1988 and split up about a year and a half later.

In October, Maher filed a $5 million lawsuit against the Bravo star, with her deposition scheduled for July. At issue in the lawsuit, Maher says, are disturbing accusations Staub made against him.

In his court filing, Maher claims that Staub has said "that I raped her on a bed of broken glass, inserted a handgun in her vagina and played Russian roulette....[that] I killed her dog...The list just goes on and on...The woman is insane."

Staub, 47, does not make these specific allegations in her new memoir The Naked Truth, but talks about domestic violence in her past. "I was severely abused," Staub told Us of her marriage to Maher. "He was very possessive...I was hospitalized several times."

To prove his innocence, Maher say that he passed a lie-detector test on March 22 with "an accredited polygraph examiner" from the LAPD.

Regarding the dog story, Maher tells Us that his ex has told "three different variations" to different people. "One was that I hung it...the other one was that I shot the dog. The other one was that I shot her, the bullet passed by her and killed the dog."

"This woman was never hospitalized by me," he adds.

"If you were to seek treatment after being beaten, which is a felony, that hospital would have to call the local police. There are no hospital records of me putting her in a hospital like she claims."

Maher does admit to hitting his wife "in self defense, pulling her off me...I never beat her. I did hit her -- it's true. Not something I'm proud to admit."

Why did he and Staub stay together? "At the time, we were both doing cocaine," Maher admits. "I was never in love with her, I was in lust with her. Our whole relationship was about sex. We had sex from the time we woke up in the morning to when we went to sleep, and even during sleeping. It was all about sex and cocaine."

Maher remarried on Valentine's Day 2009; he and his new wife welcomed daughter Kaley a year ago, he says. Staub's allegations jeopardized his new family and marriage, he charges. Maher had to convince his new father in-law that he wasn't a "rapist" or an "animal," and his 9-year-old stepdaughter "suffered" after Staub's accusations became public.

"She is without conscience," Maher tells Us of his ex. "She's calculating. I believe that Danielle Staub sold her soul to Satan for fame. Her children are suffering from it...her past is going to catch up to her very soon."

Alex tells the ugly truth about Kelly

Article about Alex's real thoughts of the RHONY.

In Celebs by Meieli Sawyer Detoni

I appreciate Alex McCord much more now that she's shown us her "real" side. In the first season and a half of the Real Housewives of New York, I thought that she was too preposterous for words... now she's the voice of reason! Alex McCord spilled about Kelly Bensimon's crazy reveal on the show, and she said that it was even worse in person.

Alex said that she believes Kelly actually came off "better" than she did in reality.

"It was much more [crazy] in real life," Alex told Us, adding "much more crazy!"

If you missed it, last week's Real Housewives of New York was epic. During a sophisticated sit-down dinner, model and intellectual giant (scoff) Kelly Bensimon went on an unprovoked rampage, accusing Bethanny of trying to murder her in a dream and calling Alex a "vampire."

"I remember the first time that Kelly mentioned that she thought I was channeling the devil. It was in the middle of the soup course!" McCord told Us. "That wasn't the first time that had happened. Throughout the trip, it just came out of the blue."

The newest member to the Real Housewife crew, Sonja Morgan, managed to get all the girls to treat Kelly with kid gloves after realizing that there were serious issues revealed in Kelly's outburst.

"There was definitely a moment when we all clicked into realizing we had to stop picking part all the insane things being said because there's a reason beyond anyone's control, beyond her control," Alex reflected.

The funniest part was when Alex admitted that she asked her husband, Simon, what he thought of the episode after it aired. Since he got a good look at her crazy outing with the wolf pack, he said that he now "understands."

What do you think is wrong with Kelly? Is it a mental imbalance, a weird reaction to stress, stupidity, or drugs?

Danielle's book is out

Here is an article from the Star-Ledger about Danielle's book The Naked Truth.

By Vicki Hyman/The Star-Ledger

Danielle Staub, the much-maligned (by her castmates, at least) star of "Real Housewives of New Jersey," finally opens up about her troubled past (well, if you don't take into account this story, or this one, or the reunion show, in which we heard talk about her childhood sexual abuse, or even our interview at a local hair salon, natch, in which she talked about her first husband's alleged abuse.)

So here's what we learned, $25 later: Staub, er Beverly Merrill, was born to an unmarried woman from Italy whose family may have actually killed the woman's lover. Staub was sexually abused from the ages of 7 to 9 (she doesn’t name names, only that they were relatives and family friends). She left home young, moved to Florida with one of her boyfriends, and spent her early 20s working at bars, modeling and doing speed.

She dated an Olympic athlete (no name), shared a "passionate" kiss with Don Johnson in his "Miami Vice" heyday and made out with Prince at a party: "All I am going to say is that he was the best kisser out of all the celebrities I have ever been with." (Which apparently includes WKTU DJ Goumba Johnny, whom she dated after her second marriage broke up. Who's next? The Situation? )

Staub eventually started working as a call girl and confirms that she slept with two of her clients. "I was not paid to go up to men’s hotel rooms," she clarifies. "I was paid to establish relationships." Cue Teresa Giuidce: Prostitution whore!

Of the drug-related kidnapping for which she was once arrested -- the centerpiece of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" season one drama -- she dismisses it as "wrong place/wrong time" deal in which she was only peripherally involved. In prison, she fell under the protection of meth dealer Sister Sue, who saved her from being raped by prison guards. While waiting to be sentenced for the plea bargain, she met Kevin Maher, later immortalized in "Cop Without a Badge," in which he claimed that Staub was a coke whore. Contrary to Maher’s memory, she says she was not wearing leather hot pants during their first meeting: "I was actually dressed quite tastefully in a long, fitted, ruffled Spanish dress."

They moved to New York, where she became an exotic dancer. They married, but their relationship became violent -- she says he beat and terrorized her, he tells he hit her once, and only in self-defense -- and eventually ended. She met her wealthy second husband while working at a Carlstadt strip club, married him and "quickly made the transition to socialite," though that marriage, too, ended in divorce.

How's the book doing? The hardcover is ranked 2,808 on as of this afternoon (88 spots above "Cop Without a Badge.") The Kindle version of Staub's memoir is doing better: 1,113, and it's the second best-selling book for memoirs of famous and notable people, right behind Kitty Kelley's unauthorized bio of Oprah Winfrey.

Meanwhile, fellow "Real Housewife" Teresa's cookbook, "Skinny Italian," which has been out for about three weeks, is selling briskly. It was ranked 96 in sales on this afternoon, and it's both the top-selling low-fat cookbook and Italian cookbook, topping recent releases by Mario Batali and Giada De Laurentiis.