Chicago men suing 'Real Housewives' cast members
June 13, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Two Chicago men are suing some of the cast members from the reality show "The Real Housewives of New Jersey."
The show's stars are accused of attacking the men during a trip to the Caribbean.
Adolfo Arreola says on the first day of a family vacation in the Dominican Republic back in February he was attacked during a chance encounter at a nightclub with Joe Giudice, Albert Manzo and Christopher Manzo, who were there taping season three of their show. Arreola says when his mother-in-law was sprayed with champagne by another cast member, Teresa Guidice, he tried to stop it.
"They stepped on my face a couple times. And while I was trying to cover my face, they broke my wrist by all the kicks, they were kicking me all over my face brutally," he said.
Arreola's cousin, Jason Gomez, was also allegedly beaten and suffered a broken leg.
The cousins have filed lawsuits in New York and Miami against Joe Giudice, Albert Manzo and Christopher Manzo for the attacks. They are also suing the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana, the Bravo Network and Sirens Production Company.
"These people know that confrontation, physical, verbal, increases ratings, makes the show more dramatic," said William Gibbs, attorney.
Gibbs says that while his clients were in the Dominican Republic, they were further victimized by hotel security, Bravo attorneys who flew down there and island police who pressured them to sign an agreement not to sue. He says they did so under duress which nullifies the document.
"This has really changed our lives drastically. For something that turned out to be a family gathering to enjoy, happiness, an anniversary turned out to be a nightmare," said Connie Gomez, Jason's wife.
The attorney for the men says he believes there is video of the attack and is trying to obtain it. He says people behind the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" are trying to sweep the incident under the rug and that this lawsuit will expose how reality TV isn't always so real.
ABC 7 contacted Bravo about the lawsuit, but they did not respond.
Arreola planned the trip for his aunt and uncle who were going to renew their vows. But after the incident, that ceremony never happened.
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