“Melissa Gorga and Andy Cohen are being sued for $30 million by the ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ star’s ex-business partner at the clothing boutique Envy, Jackie Beard Robinson, who claims the Bravolebrities made her look like a ‘felon’ on TV,” The New York Post’s Page Six reports. “Robinson is accusing the stars of defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.”
The report cites documents filed Wednesday by Robinson in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The focus of the problem appears to be the Montclair, N.J., shop Envy by Melissa Gorga, which the women opened together in August 2015, with Robinson managing the shop.
Their business relationship was severed by Dec. 31, 2016, the report notes.
“In the suit, Robinson claims she went to Envy to remove her belongings in ‘broad daylight’ on Jan. 1, 2017 — after alleging that Gorga was ‘misappropriating over $37,000 from Envy without authorization’ — but says Gorga falsely claimed on TV that Robinson ‘snuck into Envy in the middle of the night and stole clothing,'” The Post reports. “The allegations were repeated on ‘Watch What Happens Live’ when Cohen asked Gorga: ‘Wow, so, that lady wound up kinda ripping you off?,’ per the suit. Gorga responded, ‘Yes.’”