A nasty confrontation between two stars of a reality television program resulted in assault charges against both of the key participants, “The Real Housewives of Potomac’s” Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard.
The New York Post’s Page Six reports that after Dillard, 32, pressed charges against Samuels in connection with the alleged altercation at an Oct. 16 dinner party, Samuels, 36, responded by filing “counter assault charges” against Dillard.
In a story about the incident published earlier this month, People reported: “A source tells People the two were at a dinner party alongside their ‘RHOP’ cast members when Samuels grabbed Dillard by the hair and pulled her down. Bravo cameras were said to be filming the incident the whole time, for the franchise’s upcoming fifth season.”
Dillard reportedly filed a complaint Nov. 7, resulting in a charge of second-degree assault against Samuels by the District Court of Montgomery County in Maryland.
The Post quotes A. Scott Bolden, an attorney for Samuels, saying Samuels acted in self-defense.
“My client was assaulted by someone known for her aggressive, threatening and belligerent conduct,” Bolden is quoted saying today. “On this regard, Mrs. Samuels had no choice but to fully defend herself and she did.”
Bolden adds: “Nevertheless, my client wants nothing more than to find peace with this situation but unfortunately the ability to do so through mediation has been denied. Therefore this summons is the proper next step for Mrs. Samuels and her right to self-defense.”
Both women are reportedly due in court Dec. 23.