During a break Wednesday afternoon in a New Jersey courtroom where Teresa and Joe Giudice, and their former lawyer were scheduled to testify in a fraud case brought against Joe by his former business partner, Joe Mastropole, Teresa incited a yelling match in the hallway with the wife of the plaintiff’s attorney.
Teresa and Giuseppe Giudice
Mastropole claims that the Joe forged Mastropole’s signature on a mortgage document in order to take out another loan and kept $1 million for himself.
While in the courtroom before a short break, Teresa turned and pointed to Monica Ciccone, the wife of William Saracino Jr., the lawyer representing Mastropole, saying, “You and me gotta talk!”
While in the hallway, as the plaintiff’s attorneys were talking about the previous testimony and as Monica was engrossed in a conversation with another person, Teresa interrupted saying adamantly to Monica, “I need to talk to you!”
Monica, also an attorney who previously represented Mastropole in the case, denied her request saying, “I don’t have to talk to you, we both have lawyers,” which made Teresa irate.
Tree jumped in Monica’s face, pointing her finger and yelling, “You need to stop telling people my business!” Monica retorted: “I’m not talking to you, you’re a bully!”
You’re not getting away with your crap, Tree!
As words continued back and forth, Joe pulled her away to get in the elevator. As the doors closed, he was overheard saying in frustration, “I’m f**king tired of this TV sh*t!”
Before Teresa took the stand to testify in the trial, the Giudices’ attorney told her to calm down. “I’m calm!” she responded. “But I don’t know nothing!”
Judge Morris Stern dismissed claims against Teresa based on information given in court that proved she was not connected to her husband’s business dealings and although her signatures were on the mortgages she was not a business partner in her husband’s real estate ventures.
However, according to Judge Stern, this may not fully exonerate Teresa as there still may be a breach of contract issue. The judge refused to dismiss fraud and willful and malicious injury claims against Joe Giudice, who was hurt by testimony from his former attorney Joe Testa. The attorney was treated as a witness in this case.
The judge is now deciding whether the debt will be considered dischargeable based on the bankruptcy.