While the Real Housewives franchise is known for its participants’ shocking on-screen antics, there’s plenty of drama that doesn’t get seen on television, too. Some of that drama has even resulted in cast members from the popular Bravo television show being arrested. If you want to know more about some of the Real Housewives’ off-camera antics, starting with their mug shots is one of the best places to start.
These photos put a surprising face to the popular reality television stars, peeling back the pristine veneer of the Real Housewives to expose the darker side of each person. Check out these five cast members with shocking mugshots and learn more about the situations that lead to their arrest.
Tinsley Mortimer was one of the most explosive members of the Real Housewives of New York City in an already explosive season. That same kind of behavior boiled over in 2016 in an incident that ended with Mortimer being arrested by police. According to sources, Tinsley was arrested after trespassing at the property of her ex-boyfriend.
Although she told the police that she was trying to get some personal belongings back, the police arrested her since she was screaming and crying at the home. While her arrest is an embarrassment, Tinsley has later discussed how police interference ultimately helped protect her from a dangerous situation, since her relationship had an abusive past.
One of the less extravagant crimes on this list, Real Housewives of Miami cast member Marysol Patton earned her mugshot while driving under the influence. In 2010, she pled guilty to charges of reckless driving and was able to avoid a sentence by paying a $1,000 fine. While the entire incident resulted in Patton having her mugshots taken, she certainly fared better than some of the other women on this list.
Although she was well-known and connected when seen by viewers on Real Housewives of Atlanta, NeNe Leakes wasn’t always living in the lap of luxury. When she was a single mother, she received a host of charges, including theft of services with her phone company. After she was arrested, she broke the terms of her probation on three separate occasions, leading her into more trouble.
Before her marriage, Danielle Staub from the Real Housewives of New Jersey used the name, Beverly Merrill. Merrill has one of the most shocking stories on this list since she was a part of an extensive Colombian drug conspiracy in 1986. The event resulted in her being charged with eight felonies ranging from extortion to possession of cocaine and other narcotics.
While the Real Housewives of New Jersey was certainly one of the more thrilling entries in the Real Housewives canon, it’s hard to imagine any season measuring up to Staub’s shocking past.
One of the crimes you’re most likely to know about on this list is Teresa Giudice’s bankruptcy fraud case from 2015. Another member from the Real Housewives of New Jersey cast, Giudice spent a year and a half in jail, while her husband, Joe, was given a 41-month sentence. While each received a considerable sentence, the courts weren’t heartless to the Giudice family; they let them serve separate timelines for their sentences to be able to continue parenting their four daughters.
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