We had the opportunity to meet Penny Drossos-Karagiorgis a couple of episodes back on Season 5 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey. Hers is a name you might not immediately recognize but she’s the woman who Melissa spoke to at Teresa’s Milania Launch Party regarding the infidelity rumors she was supposedly spreading about Melissa.
I didn’t immediately put two and two together but this is the same Penny who we know was involved in a huge brawl with Chris and Jacqueline Laurita at the Posche 2 grand opening. Don’t hold your breath on seeing that one, though; it sounds like Bravo has completely edited it out from the event due to subsequent litigation brought by Penny’s husband John.
But, anywhoo… Penny took to the blogosphere yesterday to set the record straight about her involvement thus far with the RHONJ season 5 drama. I found it interesting that she sheds some light on Bravo’s creative editing and on Melissa and Joe Gorga’s super-shady behavior. Here’s what she had to say:
This past Sunday’s episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey was a continuation of the “therapeutic trip to Miraval” that started on March 16, 2013. Unfortunately, it seems to have ended with an implosion.
There are bound to be flare ups when you mix a hot headed buffoon and his manipulative wife with an amateur therapist with a hidden agenda. Caroline Manzo is a master at using others to fight her self proclaimed enemies. She found the perfect little soldiers in Joe and Melissa Gorga since the Gorgas revel in blaming Teresa for every wrong ever done to anyone from the beginning of time.
If last night’s flare up seemed disjointed, it’s because once again the events leading up to the discussion were left on the editing floor.
On February 18, 2013 I attended the Milania Launch Party where Melissa and I discussed the cheating issues. Joe never said a word to me. Mario Petris told Joe that if he wanted to know about his wife, Joe should call Mario. Joe never said a word to him.
On February 28, 2013 I met Joe and Melissa at Chakra in Paramus to discuss the cheating issues at their request. We talked for hours. They tried to shut down any discussion about Melissa’s cheating and tried to focus on who asked me to reveal the cheating. I refused their demands to implicate Teresa. We ended the dinner by agreeing to disagree but on relatively good terms.
After my meeting with Joe and Melissa at Chakra, Joe and Rich Wakile showed up at my husband’s business to “talk man to man”. They tried to entice my husband into “giving me more air time in future seasons by filming with their wives” if I agreed to their demands. Thanks but no thanks. As I said before I was already soured by the experience and it was only getting worse. I would not and will not sell my soul for anything or anyone.
While the drama with Melissa’s cheating issues was unfolding there was another scandal that was rearing it’s head and it was directed at Caroline Manzo. Without getting into specifics, Caroline incorrectly linked the issue to me instead of those who were really responsible.
So with all these backdoor dealings I wasn’t surprised when Caroline, with the assistance of the Gorgas and editing, twisted the discussion into blaming Teresa by somehow claiming Teresa was pulling my strings. No one pulls my strings.
I still don’t understand what Teresa was being blamed for doing – not confronting me? Here’s the irony of that statement – Joe and Melissa were given far more opportunities to “confront me” and never got what they wanted (me to turn on Teresa). What more was Teresa supposed to do? How was Teresa supposed to stop Production from mandating that I attend events or speak the truth?
As far as the discussion at the Milania event being staged, that’s bologna. I never spoke to Teresa between our January 31, 2013 night out at Belissimo and the February 18, 2013 Milania Launch party. The only thing that seemed staged was the way Caroline (1) cranked up Joe to blame Teresa (2) started up a discussion where Caroline and her husband could call me names and (3) set a series of events in place that led to my husband being assaulted by that animal. As Caroline was soon to learn unlike her I don’t need anyone to be my mouthpiece.
I don’t understand why RHONJ has resorted to using tweets out of context to substantiate an unrelated story line that Production wants to address.
Next time Joe Gorga uses one of my tweets from a year ago (10/17/12), he should look at the discussion that prompted the tweet; tell his manipulative wife to stop with her flame throwing blogs; and tell his wife’s sisters to stop naming me. My tweet was in reply to Melissa and her sister. See the details of the tweet. Joe needs to take off the blinders and get it straight because the only person who doesn’t want to admit what his wife is, is Joe Gorga.
I don’t want to speculate on what was shown on the preview for next week other than to say:
- Neither my husband or I have ever made a negative comment about Laurita’s child. We believe God gives special children to special parents. The only tweet that I have seen regarding Jacqueline Laurita’s son came from a disgusting twitter account that Melissa Gorga and her sister encouraged.
- When I was asked who invited me to the Milania Launch party, I responded “your sister.” I was told that Joe and Melissa were calling me a stalker even though they knew that Production was controlling my appearances.
Give it a rest, it’s getting old.
The official Grand Opening of my new salon Le Chateau Allure will be on September 21, 2013. You are all invited to stop by for services or to say Hello.
Until next time, I remain