Joe Giudice may have been on his best behavior inside the courtroom on Tuesday, July 30, but apparently not outside. The 43-year-old Real Housewives of New Jersey star lashed out at a photographer while making his way into the United States District Court in Newark, New Jersey with wife Teresa Giudice.
NBC News obtained video footage of Joe smacking a photographer’s camera. “Whoa, easy!” the photog said. “You don’t have to stick the camera in my face,” Joe argued.
The Giudices — parents to daughters Gia, 12, Gabriella, 10, Milania, 7, and Audriana, 3 — were charged in a 39-count indictment on Monday with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statement on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud. In court Tuesday, Joe and Teresa, 41, were each released on $500,000 unsecured bail bonds. An onlooker told Us the couple was “very solemn” and “very professional.”
If convicted, the spouses could face more than 50 years in prison. During the hearing, it was also revealed that Joe is not a U.S. citizen, and could face deportation to Italy if he’s found guilty.
“Today is a most difficult day for our family. I support Joe and, as a wonderful husband and father, I know he wants only the best for our lovely daughters and me,” Teresa said in a statement to Us onMonday. “I am committed to my family and intend to maintain our lives in the best way possible, which includes continuing my career. As a result, I am hopeful that we will resolve this matter with the government as quickly as possible.”
The Giudices’ next hearing is set for Aug. 14.
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