Dina Manzo Confirms Teresa Giudice's Claim Jacqueline Laurita Once Hit Caroline Manzo In The Face

Karen de Wilde

On the just-finished season 7 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teresa Giudice mentioned several times that Jacqueline Laurita once punched her sister-in-law Caroline Manzo, who starred on the show alongside them from Seasons 1 through 5, in the face. Teresa made that claim to convince others that Jacqueline was capable of outrageous and unpredictable behavior. Teresa said it once in a confessional interview, once in the car to Melissa Gorga when they were on their way to meet Jacqueline at the behest of Siggy Flicker and again on the reunion show. Did Jacqueline actually punch Caroline in the face once? If so, why would Jacqueline do such a thing?

On Tuesday, Dina Manzo, Caroline's sister and Jacqueline's sister-in-law, did an interview with Heather McDonald for Heather's Juicy Scoop podcast. During the interview, Dina, who starred on Real Housewives alongside Caroline, Jacqueline, and Teresa on Seasons 1 and 2 and then returned for Season 6, confirmed Teresa's claim that Jacqueline once hit Caroline.

"They got into a fight... So Jacqueline lost her her mind, I think there was a little postpartum involved and I think she'll admit that... so there was an incident that happened at the house where Chris was like, 'You need to come and just like take the baby out of here. We're fighting, we're fighting pretty bad.'"
"I go back to Caroline's house and she's like 'What's going on?' and I'm like, 'They're fighting pretty bad so Chris just wanted the baby out of the house because they were screaming and whatever,' and she was like, 'I'm gonna go take care of this.' So she went over there and I think Jacqueline just opened the door and punched her right in the face, like, 'This is none of your business.'"

"She was stunned because we don't fight like that...I think that's kind of when Caroline went in and said, 'We need to all calm down.' I don't remember, she could've just left and went back to the house."

During the podcast interview, Dina Manzo, besides confirming Teresa Giudice's claim that Jacqueline Laurita once punched Caroline Manzo in the face, also revealed exactly what led to the demise of her sibling relationship with Caroline so many years ago. Dina explained that former co-star Danielle Staub went to her ex-husband, her daughter Lexi's father, and told him that he has a viable court case against Bravo for which he can get money because he didn't sign any contract allowing Lexi to be filmed for the show.

Dina explained that Danielle at the time was being sued by her ex-husband because he didn't sign contracts allowing their children to appear on the show. Dina said that her ex didn't sign a contract for Lexi either but he was okay with Lexi appearing on the show.

As it turned out, Caroline did hint at it at the Season 1 reunion show. Caroline yelled at Danielle for "what [she] did to Dina's daughter." "You know what you did!" Caroline screamed.

Why did Caroline hint at what Danielle did regarding Lexi, despite Dina asking her not to? According to Dina, Caroline did it for the show after producers told her to.

"Mid-reunion, production pulled us aside and said, 'This is boring. No one's gonna watch the show ever again if everybody's all kumbaya, something needs to happen.' They left me and Danielle on the couch when they had that conversation with everybody but I was told later that it happened... Caroline told them against my will, 'Guess what Danielle did.' So now they're like, 'You need to bring it up.'"
"In my mind I'm like, 'She's not doing this. She's not going there.' I was like, I saw red, I saw black... when we left I just looked at her and said, 'So this [the show] is more important than my daughter?'"

Dina admitted that was the beginning of the downfall of her and Caroline's relationship.

"That was the beginning of the downfall of our relationship. Where fame goes to people's heads very quickly, especially when it's an overnight sensation."

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