Prosecutors on Thursday dropped charges of second-degree assault and improper sexual contact against Arlington real estate developer and restaurateur Michael Darby, who is married to cast member Ashley Darby on the Real Housewives Of Potomac.
The misdemeanor charges stemmed from a incident, which occurred on the 1st September in which Michael was accused of groping a cameraman shooting an episode of the reality show.
“The case was dismissed due to insufficient evidence. The complaining witness states there were no witnesses who actually saw the incident,” said Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office.
In Maryland, people can file for criminal charges for certain kinds of offenses, as was the case here, he added, and the State’s Attorney’s Office has a process by which the complaints are reviewed to see if prosecution is warranted. In this case, the office decided not to pursue the allegations.
“The charges were dropped. They were baseless. There were a number of alleged witnesses who said it did not happen. The peace order request by the alleged victim was also denied. There was simply nothing that happened, and nothing here,” said Mike Rowan, Michael’s attorney.
After Michael was charged, Bravo and the RHOP production company Truly Original had “suspended filming” with him.
“We take all allegations of sexual and other misconduct seriously, and have stringent policies, as well as training, in place to deal with all employee issues,” Truly Original said. “Immediately upon learning of these allegations, we commenced a thorough internal review and, per our protocol, took all appropriate steps to ensure the safe working environment and safe forum for communication for everyone associated with the production. The review is ongoing and we are not able to comment further,” the statement read.
Ramon Korionoff said though there were no witnesses, the alleged victim, “did inform his supervisors immediately after. He provided several contact numbers for his supervisors, however no one ever called us back. We called the complaining witness to update him, however he hasn’t returned our call.”
Source: Washington Post
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