After being accused of diva behavior, Teresa Giudice's lawyer blows the lid on how the incarcerated reality star is actually spending her time.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star was accused several weeks ago of still acting like a diva in jail. A former inmate stated that Giudice was receiving special treatment when it comes to visitation rights, food, and work programs inside the correctional facility.
Giudice's lawyer James J. Leonard, Jr. has come to her defense and slammed those rumors. Leonard said:
"Any reports that she is behaving like a diva in prison and not getting along with inmates and the staff is 1,000 percent false. She is getting along well with everyone – staff, inmates – all the way down the line."Leonard said that, contrary to what was reported before, Giudice is "adjusting well" to life inside the facility and has been using her time to teach exercise classes and to help out in the kitchen.
"She is helping to teach exercise classes," Leonard, Jr. told People magazine. "The women take turns leading classes, and she has her little group, so once in a while she takes the lead."
Handling her own exercise class seems like a good fit for the Bravo TV housewife. Giudice's husband Joe previously mentioned in an interview that she "exercises after every meal. It's like a low-budget spa. They do spin classes, ab classes. She's getting pretty ripped."
Aside from helping fellow inmates learn the fine art of lifting weights, Giudice is also working as a kitchen helper, a job that she requested when she first arrived. Her lawyer confirmed this in a statement.
"Teresa has a job working in the kitchen. She told me she enjoys it because it helps her pass the time and allows her to interact with the other inmates."People might know her more as the hotheaded, table flipping housewife in RHONJ, but Giudice is actually an accomplished cook who has already published three best-selling cookbooks and has a line of prosecco drinks called Fabellini.
The 42-year-old Giudice has said that her job in the kitchen "reminds her of home."
The reality star appears to be doing everything to get released for good behavior. Unfortunately, what she's doing is apparently not enough, as she is slated to serve her entire prison sentence.
Giudice is serving time in the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury for bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. She's scheduled to be released on December 23 and will finish the last two months of her sentence under house arrest.
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