While some Real Housewives stars are keeping their mouths shut regarding Teresa and Joe Giudice's fraud scandal, Kim Granatell apparently has no problem sharing her opinion. The Bravo guest star, who makes occasional appearances on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, slammed the couple in an Aug. 2 interview with Patch.
"Flashing all that cash, I tried to tell people from day one they were criminals," Granatell said.
"She needs a reality check," she added about Teresa. "Where are her feelings of remorse for ruining people's lives and businesses? A normal person with feelings for others would feel terrible and do everything to make things right."
On July 29, Teresa, 41, and Joe, 43, were charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud. After appearing in court on July 30 in Newark, N.J., they were released on $500,000 bond. Their next hearing is scheduled for Aug. 14, and, if convicted, they could face up to 50 years in prison.
The reality stars are parents to daughters Gia, 13, Gabriella, 10, Milania, 7, and Audriana, 3. Granatell said told Patch that she'd only feel sorry for their girls "if they have to stay with Teresa and Joe."
In a recent interview with Us Weekly, Granatell also said that the local community feels sorry for the Giudices' children. "My reaction to that is, okay, one or two counts? Okay, I can feel sorry for the kids," she explained. "But 39?! You didn't know what you were doing? You didn't think of the consequences? Come on! Come on!"
"It really didn't surprise me because it was just time and it was about when it was going to happen," Granatell told Us of the couples' charges. "I knew it was going to happen, it was just when was it going to happen."
Teresa's fellow Real Housewives of New Jersey star and "frenemy," Jacqueline Laurita, came to her defense on Twitter over Granatell's recent comments. Laurita tweeted on July 31, "Hey Kim Granatell, I haven't seen you in 2 years, U have been MIA, until now. U r very vocal. I know you never cared for T & J but . . . " She then posted a photo of Proverbs 24:17, which states, "Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice."