'Real Housewives' stars with legal issues

Updated 10:52 AM ET, Mon October 15, 2018
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Teresa Giudice and husband Joe Giudice, both of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey," pleaded guilty in March 2014 to multiple federal fraud charges, including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and lying on mortgage and loan applications. Teresa was freed from prison in December 2015 after serving 15 months; Joe began serving his 41- month sentence in June 2016. Click through to see other "RH" stars who have found themselves in court. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
Kim Richards of the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" has had some trouble. In August 2015 she was arrested and accused of shoplifting from a Target store in the San Fernando Valley. The incident came four months after she was arrested and accused of trespassing, resisting arrest and public intoxication. She later went into rehab which she has participated in a few times over the years. Evans Vestal Ward/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images
In July 2014 Apollo Nida, husband of Phaedra Parks from "Real Housewives of Atlanta," was sentenced to eight years in prison followed by five years of supervised release "for conspiring to commit mail, wire and bank fraud." The couple, who share two sons, split the same year. Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Cirque du Solei
In May 2014, former "Real Housewives of New York" cast member Bethenny Frankel testified in court during a custody battle with ex-husband Jason Hoppy for their 4-year-old daughter, Bryn. That case was settled in June, but that's not Frankel's only courtroom trouble. According to The Hollywood Reporter, in 2012, Frankel settled a $100 million lawsuit over her popular Skinnygirl Cocktail brand after a management company accused her of cutting them out of the lucrative deal when she sold her company. Ben Gabbe/Getty Images
In 2013, NeNe Leakes remarried her ex-husband Gregg Leakes, and the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" stars were accused by their wedding planner of not paying a balance of more than $1 million. Leakes denied the accusation on her Twitter account. The case was eventually dismissed. Jason Kempin/Getty Images
Jacqueline Laurita and her husband, Chris, were sued by the bank that held their mortgage on accusations of missing payments. The "Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast member had also been accused of owing state taxes. Jeff Schear/Getty Images
"Today" called it the "battle of the bulge" when former "Real Housewives of New York" Heather Thomson was sued in March 2013 by Spanx over her brand of Yummie Tummie shapewear. Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Housing Works
"Real Housewives of Orange County" star Vicki Gunvalson dodged a legal bullet when a $250,000 breach of contract suit against her was dismissed in July 2013. But boyfriend Brooks Ayers didn't fare so well in the case, which accused Gunvalson of giving Ayers a percentage of a vodka business without informing her business partner. The portion of the suit against Ayers was not dismissed. Jeff Gentner/Getty Images for New Era
"Real Housewives of New York" dealt a great deal with the financial troubles of cast member Sonja Morgan. She blamed it partially on a $7 million judgment entered against her over a failed movie project she was producing. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Kim Zolciak was accused of being tardy with the money in March 2013 by fellow cast member Kandi Burruss and producer Don Vito. The pair accused her of denying them payment and rights to her single "Tardy for the Party." Zolciak released a statement denying the claims. Getty Images
Kelly Bensimon of the "Real Housewives of New York" was arrested in 2009 for allegedly punching her then-boyfriend. That same year, she was accused in a suit of copying a jewelry design. Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images
"Real Housewives of Orange County" star Gretchen Rossi was awarded more than $500,000 in damages after an ongoing legal battle with a man who claimed to have had a secret relationship with her. When Jay Photoglou sued her for libel and slander, Rossi countered with accusations including stalking, battery and emotional distress. Jason Merritt/Getty Images
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Sheree Whitfield made headlines when her own divorce attorneys sued her for lack of payment. They were eventually awarded a judgment. Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Garner Circle
Micah and Peggy Tanous of "Real Housewives of Orange County" beame part of a long line of cast members who have had financial woes. She was reportedly in dispute with three banks over her mansion. Toby Canham/Getty Images
A former employee of "Real Housewives of New York" cast member Cindy Barshop's filed a discrimination charge against her in 2011. The woman claimed she had been fired from Barshop's Completely Bare salon because of her race, but the suit was eventually dismissed. Marc Andrew Deley/GettyImages
Fans of "Real Housewives of Orange County" watched as Lynne Curtin and her family were served an eviction notice in 2009. That same year, TMZ reported that a bench warrant had been issued for Curtin and her then-husband, Frank, for a $1.2 million judgment issued against them. Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images
Who could ever forget Tareq and Michaele Salahi of the failed "Real Housewives of D.C."? According to Jezebel, the famed White House gate-crashers were named in more than 20 civil suits. The pair split in 2012 after Michaele reunited with her former love, Journey guitarist Neal Schon. Getty Images