Real Housewives Of Potomac star Monique Samuels has been charged with assault after she allegedly got into a physical fight with her RHOP costar Candiace Dillard.
Candiace, 32, filed a complaint directly with the court’s commissioner on Thursday 7th November. The commissioner found probable cause in Dillard’s complaint, issuing a summons for Monique to appear in court on the 23rd December.
If a judge agrees there’s probable cause, Monique can be arrested on the spot. A second-degree assault conviction would come with potential jail time.
The charge stems back from an alleged incident between Monique and Candiace Dillard on the 16th October.
A source (
Bravo TV) states the two were at a dinner party filming for RHOP with other cast members when Monique grabbed Candiace by the hair and pulled her down. Cameras were of course filming.
Candiace’s attorney James L. Walker, Jr, says. “At this time, we do not want to say too much and just allow the criminal process to play out. We only ask everyone to pray for our client Candiace and her family. The physical assault, humiliation and emotional distress have all been very painful and difficult for Candiace, as it would be for anyone attacked so viciously. We also pray that Monique will get some help. The summons to court charge of Second Degree Assault is just one step below first-degree assault and must be taken very seriously. This behavior has no place in our society. Everyone respect the privacy of the parties and allow the Montgomery County District Court to exercise its duty here to protect victims like Candiace.”
Monique’s attorney, A. Scott Bolden, says that Candiace’s claims are “completely one-sided, inaccurate and unwarranted. Ms. Dillard has a public reputation for aggressive, belligerent and threatening behavior that has played out repeatedly on the Housewives of Potomac for millions of viewers to see for themselves. To be sure, my client did nothing but defend herself in the face of more very aggressive behavior by Ms. Dillard. If this event occurred during taping of the show, I am confident that the video will bear all of this out. My client has every right to file for a counter criminal summons, as well, and will consider doing so, while fully defending herself in this action that has been filed with the Court. Either way, I am confident that she will prevail on this matter. Going forward, we hope that Ms. Dillard seeks the help she needs to avoid creating these kinds of unsafe and unfortunate circumstances in and outside of the workplace.”
Well season 5 should be interesting.
Source: People Magazine