'RHOP' Star Monique Samuels Charged With Assault Following Alleged Fight With Candiace Dillard
Monique Samuels has been charged with assault following an alleged fight with her Real Housewives of Potomac co-star, Candiace Dillard.
Samuels, 36, has been charged with second-degree assault according to a summons from the District Court of Montgomery County in Maryland, ET confirms. Dillard, 32, filed a complaint on Thursday, stemming from an alleged incident on Oct. 16. Samuels has been issued a summons to appear in court on Dec. 23.
According to People, Samuels and Dillard were at a dinner party with their RHOP castmates when Samuels allegedly grabbed Dillard by the hair and pulled her down. The outlet reports that Bravo cameras filmed the incident for the show's upcoming fifth season.
"This is a very, very serious offense when you have a cast member attacked by another cast member and you have to get authorities involved as a last result. The physical assault, humiliation and emotional distress have all been very painful and difficult for Candiace and we would ask everyone to pray for her," Dillard’s personal attorney, James L. Walker, Jr., says in a statement to ET. "Additionally, we understand that there are some who watch the show and have their thoughts and comments, but we ask everyone to reserve judgment until you see the video footage and how obvious the assault was and thus, had to be turned over to authorities. Regardless of the rhetoric and heated moments on the show, this is not self-defense and Monique is not justified in any way, shape or form for her actions and assault."
"Thus, we pray that Monique will get some help. Attacking someone is never appropriate whether you like them or not. And, we have spoken to the network producers of the show and the network executives have assured us that they made it very clear to Monique, who has threatened our client in the past, that this cannot happen again. The network has assured us there will be additional security for our client during future tapings, thus confirming the attack," Walker continued, asking that "everyone respect the privacy of the parties and allow the Montgomery County District Court to exercise its duty here to protect victims like Candiace."
Samuels' attorney, A. Scott Bolden, meanwhile tells ET that Dillard'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," Bolden said.
"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," he concluded. "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."
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