“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Caroline Manzo has spoken out after the arrest of Thomas Manzo, ex-husband of her sister Dina Manzo.
Thomas, 55, was arrested Tuesday in New Jersey, on charges of assault and racketeering after conspiring with a gangster carry out an assault on Dina’s current husband, Dave Cantin.
Now, in an interview with “Extra,” Caroline, 58 years old, who is married to Thomas, brother of Albert, opened on the tragedy of the family.
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“We are heart broken. It is the family of the two sides, ” she said. “I want to know the truth, and my allegiance will lie with the truth. ”
The reality star added: “We do not run this kind of things, we are talking to, and I feel comfortable with what we painted with a brush that does not reflect who we are as a people “.
Dina, 48, split from Thomas in 2012, after seven years of marriage before their divorce was finalised in 2016.
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In a press release obtained by Fox News, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Craig Carpenito has announced that Manzo of Franklin Lakes, N. J., and John Perna, 43, Cedar Grove, N. J., are accused of planning and carrying out an assault of Cantin, in exchange for a “lavish” wedding reception for Perna at a reduced price.
Manzo and Perna are charged by indictment with having committed a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity and conspiracy to commit a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity.
The indictment also charges Perna — described as a “soldier of the Lucchese Crime Family” — with conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud related to the submission of a false car insurance claim. Manzo has also been accused of false and hide the files related to the federal investigation of the crime.
According to the press release, the court, the documents describe Manzo as a co-owner of the Brownstone Restaurant in Paterson, N. J., who had committed Perna 2015 assault Cantin in exchange for a “reduced” to the wedding reception at the meeting.
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Perna allegedly planned and conducted the assault in July 2015. He then threw a lavish wedding reception at the brownstone at a small price paid by a member of the family Lucchese, the release states, citing court documents.
Manzo and Perna could face up to 20 years in prison and a $ 250,000 fine for the racketeering charges against them. The two defendants have made appearances on Tuesday by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor.
Dina has appeared on four seasons of “housewives” officially before the start in 2015 in order to move to California, where she married Cantin in 2017.
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She has a daughter, Lexi Ioannou, from a previous relationship.
Caroline has been a major player in the five seasons of the show, and he appeared in a small capacity a number of times since his departure.
Fox News Jessica Napoli contributed to this report