“It’s troubling,” Ashley Darby said about the sexual assault allegations, against her husband Michael Darby, which were made in September but later dismissed by court.
The allegation brought against the Real Housewives of Potomac star Ashley Darby‘s husband Michael came up on the recent episode of the reality show.
In September, Michael, 59, was accused of “grabbing and groping” the butt of a cameraman while filming an episode of RHOP. The charges of felony assault and misdemeanor improper sexual conduct were dismissed on the 4th Oct in a Montgomery County court due to insufficient evidence.
On Sunday’s episode the housewives initial reactions were captured to the initial media report. Ashley tried to kept it cool on the surface. “We had a preliminary case, and the judge threw it out. That isn’t new. I’m not worried about it. We’re actually stronger than ever,” she told costar Gizelle Bryant on the phone.
Ashley and Michael welcomed their first child together, a son who they’ve named Dean Michael Darby, on the 7th July .
During her confessional, Ashley admitted to being anxious when the news broke.
“To be completely candid, when I first got the notice, I had a little breakdown. I get very apprehensive talking about this, because it’s not my case. I don’t know all of the details of what happened, but it’s troubling,” she said.
The other Housewives tried to get to the bottom of what allegedly happened.
According to initial reports, Orville Palmer the housewives cameraman who alleged the assault claimed Michael gave him “a flirtatious look” after the grope. Orville said he instructed Michael to stop, then told his supervisor.
Monique Samuels who claimed the alleged incident occurred at her rainbow baby shower earlier in the season: “I remember that cameraman and I was wondering about that man. How humiliating is that, to have another grown man, old enough to probably be his grandfather, grope your butt, and you have to probably go tell your supervisor? This point, the only thing I can do is what I would want for me, which is for my close friends and my circle to encourage me. So I’m going to just encourage her. I really, truly feel bad for her. Whatever move she needs to make. I’m here I’m just at a loss for words.”
Karen Huger: “Consent is everything,” who said Orville was, “a very nice man” and said, “I don’t wish any ill.”
Robyn Dixon: “I really pray everything works out in their favor, but I pray it’s a lesson learned.”
Candiace Dillard: “I do feel bad for her. Like, damn, this cannot be easy for her.”
But later when they met up with Ashley at a Katie Rost’s Hoedown, later on in the episode, they argued about previous disagreements.
“Karma is a bitch, honey. The bar of soap? You might want to help your husband,” Karen said,
Ashley responded, “As people who are close to me, I would love to tell you what is going on, but unfortunately, I cannot share it with you. I just encourage you to wait for the truth and wait for this to play out, because it shall.”
The Real Housewives of Potomac airs Sundays (8 p.m. ET) on Bravo.
Source: People Magazine