Kevin Maher, the ex-husband of Danielle Staub and father of her two children, is suing Staub for defamation of character, and his legal team deposed Caroline Manzo, who gave testimony recently as to claims that Danielle made in her presence about Maher. Manzo, the arch rival of Staub, was probably more than happy to talk to the court about Danielle, who she recently swore she’d never forgive or absolve for her actions toward her at the Bravo RHONJ reunion special. Those actions include pressing charges and refusing to drop the charges against Caroline’s niece Ashley for pulling out one of Danielle’s hair extensions in an altercation at a New Jersey charity event.
The fiery Manzo, one of the matriarchs of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” was called to give a deposition in the $5 million defamation suit filed in New Jersey against Staub by her ex-husband, Kevin Maher.
Manzo was asked to recount stories that Staub allegedly divulged during a “Housewives” taping about Maher.
Manzo testified that Staub told her that Maher “beat her daily,” pushed her into prostitution, raped her on a bed of broken glass, shot — or hanged — her dog and “inserted a pistol up her vagina and played like a Russian roulette.”
Maher had this to say after Manzo’s testimony:
“I really can’t think of which is worse . . . being accused of being a rapist or being [accused of] being a dog killer,” Maher said in his own deposition. “And I’ve been accused of both, a dog-killing rapist.”
The best claim Manzo made by far was that Staub told her that Maher had Danielle so terrified and terrorized by him that she took to hiding up in a tree. No joke.
She claimed to have been hiding in a tree at some point, afraid that when he came home he would find her and beat her. She claimed to be the victim of prostitution due to his demands, that he put her into that world, again depicting him as an absolute monster. And the only reason she stayed with him, because she feared for her life if she left.
Maher, in addition to being Danielle’s ex, also penned the tome Cop Without A Badge, which detailed Staub’s sordid past and life of crime.
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I wonder as to what Caroline’s testimony would have sounded like had Danielle agreed to drop the charges against Ashley when Danielle urged her to do so in their big pow wow during the season finale, at which Caroline offered to let all other matters between her family and Danielle go in exchange for dropping the charges against Manzo’s niece.