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TERESA ACCUSES JACQUELINE OF A 'LOW BLOW' DURING A FIGHT
Despite leaving things on rocky terms before Teresa Giudice fulfilled her prison sentence, the Turning Tables author and her former best friend, Jacqueline Laurita, attempted to make amends following Giudice's release. Laurita invited Giudice and her husband, Joe, over for dinner, but the night ended early after Giudice accused Laurita and the RHONJ cast of ganging up on her, and asked about old tabloid stories that claimed Giudice was in the midst of legal drama. "Don't play stupid," Giudice told Laurita, who, during the argument, called Giudice's brother, Joe, who allegedly warned his sister that Laurita was not to be trusted. "I would never ask you your personal business. You were going through legal issues I didn't ask you a question." Laurita fired in return: "I wasn't the one playing stupid. Mine wasn't a criminal case. I wouldn't file a fraudulent bankruptcy like you did. It's totally different." The incident, which Giudice referred to as a "low blow," led to the dinner's abrupt end.
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JACQUELINE SPARS WITH MELISSA OVER TERESA
Laurita and castmate Melissa Gorga (a.k.a. Teresa's sister-in-law) went head-to-head during a lunch with the rest of the RHONJ cast at which Gorga aired her frustration with Laurita after learning that she called her husband, Joe, during the aforementioned fight with Giuidice. "The words never came out of [Joe's] mouth that Jacqueline's not a good friend," Gorga revealed. "But listen to me — we're friends. Even if he said that about you, call me." The back-to-back eventually turned into a screaming match. "She's evil. She's the first person who hurt me since I've been home," Giudice told Gorga afterward. "She came here? I welcomed her with open arms. I went there? And boom — I got slapped."
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TERESA & JACQUELINE MOVE FORWARD WITH THEIR RELATIONSHIP
During a spa weekend with their friends, the pair promised they would remain polite and drama-free with each other. Giudice and Laurita ended up repairing their friendship on the trip, after Laurita opened up about her 7-year-old son Nick's autism diagnosis. "I believe in my heart that he will get better," Giudice said to Laurita. "If you're having a bad day, always feel free to call me. I will stop whatever I'm doing." The gesture gave Laurita the forum to apologize for her harsh words in the past. "I know I say s----- things when I'm angry," she admitted. "I'm really sorry. When I'm mad, I say ugly things and then I feel guilty later. And then I'm like 'Why did I say those things? I wish I didn't say those things.' "
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JACQUELINE GOES AFTER TERESA & MELISSA
But after weeks of simmering tensions between Laurita and her fellow Real Housewives of New Jersey stars, she reached her breaking point during an explosive new episode, calling Giudice "a f---ing criminal" and Gorga "a fake, phony bitch," appearing to end her relationship with the two for good. "She is a convicted felon, and that's not going to change," Laurita said of Giudice. "She's one of the toxic people in my life I gotta get out. I don't feel the hurt this time. I feel relief. They're pretty disgusting people. A bunch of con artists and a punch of phonies. I get it now. And you know what, they don't deserve me in their life."
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TERESA ENDS HER FRIENDSHIP WITH JACQUELINE
On the season 7 finale of RHONJ, Laurita made an attempt to get together with Giudice to discuss their issues one-on-one — which Giudice refused, saying instead that she'd prefer the other girls be there "to see how [Laurita] works." "Until she has the balls to talk to me one-on-one, then I'm done," Laurita said, accusing Giudice of being "too scared" and "needing backup" from "her army" before leaving the get-together. "She's done — she's dead to me," Giudice told the ladies. "I wanted to give her the kiss of death today but I can't even f------ look at her. She makes me sick — she makes me want to vomit. She's a disgrace. She’s a conniving, twisted, f------ bitch."
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TERESA CLAIMS JACQUELINE WAS A PART OF HER GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATION
Giudice and Laurita's friendship may be over, but that isn't stopping Giudice from accusing her former friend of prompting the government investigation into her finances — a case that led the Giudices to be charged with 41 counts of mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud. "You went to jail for lying," Laurita said during the Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion, calling Teresa out for her "41 counts of phony fraud." Giudice shot back: "No, it was you. You or you and Caroline set me up on the government."
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