"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast member Kandi Burruss had an on-again-off-again engagement to Ashley "A.J." Jewell, who died Oct. 2, 2009 after sustaining massive head injuries in a fight outside an Atlanta strip club where he worked.
Police charged Frederick Richardson, who was hospitalized after the deadly brawl, with voluntary manslaughter in the death of Ashley "A.J." Jewell, left, shown here with fianc
Ashley "A.J." Jewell had six children; two twin 12-year-old daughters and four other children. Kandi Burruss, a cast member of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" who was in a relationship with Jewell wrote on her Twitter account following his death, "I could never in a million years imagine this happening. please pray for AJ's children."
Ashley "A.J." Jewell, who was killed in a fight on Oct. 2, 2009, carries Riley, the daughter of his on-again-off-again fianc
According to an April 2009 Atlanta police incident report obtained by Entertainment Tonight Online, Atlanta "Housewife" Kim Zolciak, right, called 911 after fellow cast-mate Nene Leaks, far left, grabbed her neck and "tried to choke her out."
The argument between Nene Leakes, shown here in a screen grab from "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," started when Leaks "started to point her fingers in [Kim Zociak's] face," according to an April 2009 Atlanta police incident report obtained by Entertainment Tonight Online.
Kim Zociak, shown here in a MySpace photo with actress Demi Moore, called 911 from "the Target shopping center" on April 15, 2009 to report that she was "just choked by [her] little cast-member," Nene Leakes, according to the recording which was posted on TMZ.com.
Kelly Killoren Bensimon, a former model and cast member of "The Real Housewives of New York City," was arrested in Manhattan March 5, 2009 on a misdemeanor assault charge, according to the New York Daily News. Her ex-boyfriend, Nicholas Stefanov, told police that he suffered a gash below his eye.
Danielle Staub, the most notorious "Housewife" from New Jersey, was romantically involved with a cocaine dealer in Florida and was arrested in 1986 for kidnapping, extortion and cocaine possession in connection with a drug deal gone wrong, according to court documents obtained by TheSmokingGun.com. On the Bravo show, Staub admitted the arrest and the romance, but would not go into detail.
A 1995 book, "A Cop Without a Badge," by Charles Kipps, who says he worked as an undercover informant for the FBI, features this photo of a Beverly Ann Merrill, one of the names Staub used in the past, according to records obtained by TheSmokingGun.com. Merrill was arrested with 6 kilograms of cocaine and $16,000 in cash, according to the docs.
"Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast member Danielle Staub refused to discuss kidnapping, extortion and drug allegations put forth by Charles Kipp in the 1995 book, "Cop Without a Badge." Despite repeated questioning from fellow "Housewives," during taping Staub would only say that she had been arrested and changed her name.
Josh Waring, the son of Lauri Waring from "The Real Housewives of Orange County," has had several run-ins with the law. He was arrested on July 16, 2009 on suspicion of drug and paraphernalia possession and violating his probation, according to the Orange County Register. He was on probation after serving 240 days in Sept. 2008 for possession of heroin and Ecstasy with intent to sell, according to the paper.
Lauri Waring, seen here on her wedding site, was a member of the original cast of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," however she had to leave the show during taping of the fourth season because of what she says on the show were personal reasons. She specifically noted that her son Josh's spiraling heroin addiction demanded her full attention.
Gretchen Rossi, one of the newest stars of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," obtained a temporary restraining order against a man claiming to be her boyfriend, Jay Photoglou, according to the Orange County Register.
According to a March 2009 order request obtained by the Orange County Register, Jay Photoglou threatened to kill "Real Housewives of Orange County" cast member Gretchen Rossi and her dogs and burn down her home.
Vicki Gunvalson, one of the original "Real Housewives of Orange County," received two death threats, the Orange County Sheriff's Department Spokesman Jim Armormino told TMZ.com. According to the Web site, Gunvalson was threatened once over the phone and a second time through an email sent to a cast mate, Jenna Keough.
Former major league pitcher and husband of former playboy model and "Real Housewives of Orange County" star Jenna Keough, was arrested on April 16, 2009 for driving under the influence. Orange County Sheriff's deputies say they saw him make a "rolling stop" at a stop sign on his gated community property and tried to pull him over, but he ran into his home.
Jenna Keough, whose husband was arrested for a DUI in April 2009, was once a playboy model, according to the Bravo reality show "The Real Housewives of Orange County." Her husband Matt Keough's blood-alcohol content was nearly four times the legal limit of .08, according to Orange County Sheriff's Dept. spokesman Jim Armomino.
Slade Smiley, the ex-fianc
Slade Smiley, who was engaged to singer Jo De La Rosa, seen here on her album cover, said that he had fallen behind on child support payments and was not knowingly avoiding a warrant. He was arrested by Costa Mesa police on Feb. 21, 2009. Smiley, who was featured on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Orange County" said in a statement "This is an unfortunate situation that has occurred."