Teresa & Joe Giudice Plead 'Not Guilty' to Charges
By Antoinette Bueno
Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Joe and Teresa Giudice pleaded not guilty to multiple federal fraud charges including alleged conspiracy to defraud lenders and illegally obtaining mortgages, as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case, in a Newark, New Jersey courtroom Wednesday afternoon.
This is the second court appearance for the couple, who were each released on $500,000 bail bonds on July 30. The two were also asked by the court to surrender their passports at the time, and are now only allowed to travel within New York and New Jersey.
Joe's attorney Miles Feinstein spoke out on Wednesday, dismissing the rumors that Joe would be testifying against Teresa as "ludicrous." He also says that the Bravo stars will "definitely" be at the upcoming Real Housewives of New Jersey season five reunion, and that he's advised the couple to go on with their regular lives and appearances.
And it appears Teresa in particular has taken his advice.
Following her arraignment, the controversial reality star reportedly has a book signing for her latest cookbook, Fabulicious: On the Grill, scheduled at Posche Boutique in Wayne, New Jersey, the New Jersey Star-Ledgerreports.
"It's Teresa -- she's very strong," her friend and frequent Real Housewives of New Jersey guest star Kim D told ET in August about how Teresa's been holding up since the 39-count indictment dropped on July 29. "Is she in good spirits? I mean, I don't think she's doing cartwheels outside her house, but I think she knows -- she knows that she's innocent of these things, and I think she's gonna count on the justice [system] to say that she's vindicated, and she believes in herself. She knows she's innocent, and she's gonna hope for the best."