Derek, Melissa Gorga's Store Manager Who Kim D. Accuses Of Selling Teresa Giudice Out, Just Quit

Karen de Wilde

Did Melissa Gorga's clothing boutique manager, Derek, really sell stories about Teresa Giudice to the tabloids? That's what Kim DePaola claimed to Jacqueline Laurita and Siggy Flicker when the two visited her store for some clothes in preparation of the cast's Vermont trip. As it turns out, Derek is no longer (or at least he won't be for much longer) working as Melissa's store manager.

About three days ago, Derek announced that he will no longer be working as Envy's store manager. He called working at Envy an incredible experience and wished Melissa and everyone else there continued success. He also thanked all of the clients and friends he made while working there.

On Sunday night's episode, Siggy and Jacqueline went by Kim D.'s clothing boutique, Posche, for some new looks prior to the cast's Vermont trip. While there, Kim D. suggested that Derek was selling stories about Teresa to the tabloids. Specifically, Kim D. said that Derek bragged at the last Posche fashion show that he sold the tape of Teresa selling her books for cash.

"But I heard through one of Melissa's old employees that this kid Derek, who's running her store, brags to everybody that he sells stories about Teresa. I'm thinking to myself, 'You know what? This is the kid who sold the video at my fashion show of Teresa selling her books.'"
"Here it is. And here's Derek with the camera."

Later, at the Vermont resort, Jacqueline and Siggy told Melissa what Kim D. told them. Melissa defended Derek, saying that he had an Internet TV show at the time and dreamed of being a TV host, so he would go to celebrity events with a camera. In her confessional interview, Melissa dismissed Kim D. as a troublemaker.

"I swear Kim D., she'll just like scrape at the bottom of the barrel to cause like turmoil. That's how Kim D. rolls but now you're onto like my 21-year-old employee? It's so stupid."

Both Siggy and Jacqueline urged Melissa to be cautious with Derek before fully trusting him. Asked if she thinks Derek sold her out, Teresa said that she wasn't sure but cautioned Melissa to look into the matter.

According to the website, Teresa charged fans $25 for her autograph and photo. It quoted a source as saying that an employee of Teresa's, as well as Teresa herself, told people that only cash was accepted. When cash was given, they didn't provide receipts.

"When you walked up to her, the woman next to her was quick to advise that it was $25 and 'cash only.' Cash only? Who takes cash only? Even Teresa was telling guests it was 'cash only, no receipts' and she had bags of cash beside her where her colleague was collecting the money."
"The reaction of everyone was priceless. It was the hot topic of the event. Why would someone insist on cash only? Everyone was saying it was clearly to avoid a paper trail of her sales... Some of Teresa's friends were saying that the U.S. Government is likely to be garnishing her wages now that they've accepted plea deals. I wonder if Teresa was taking cash only so she could avoid having to declare that income? It's a possibility."

During Jacqueline's appearance on Andy Cohen's talk show Watch What Happens Live, when asked who she thinks is a "soldier" for Teresa, Jacqueline said that Kim D. no longer is one.

"Kim D. used to be."

"They're two completely different stores. They're forty minutes from each other, they're very different lines. I don't think they're in competition with each other."

Kim D. actually made a brief appearance on stage during Jacqueline's Watch What Happens Live appearance. Obviously, Jacqueline and Kim D. are currently good friends.

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