Is “The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s” Teresa Giudice’s bankruptcy lawyer working with her publicist (or does she even have one)?
It would seem he isn’t from the statements he made “defending” her $60,000 shopping spree for house wares and furnishing just days after filing for bankruptcy back in October of last year.
Let’s take a look at the statements her attorney, Larry Kridel, made to People:
On where Teresa got the money: “That was the money she earned as an advance for her book ‘Skinny Italian,’ Since she earned it after the filing, she was absolutely free to spend it.”
Zap2it: So, the same advance the court-appointed trustee says went unreported on her bankruptcy filing? Why didn’t she use it to pay creditors?
On why Teresa had to spend the money fast: “If she put it in the bank, they’d say, ‘Why don’t you pay your creditors,’ and the trustee might freeze the assets while he investigates whether she can spend it or not.”
Zap2it: Oh, OK. She just didn’t want the money to go to her creditors.
On what’s more important than paying off her debt: “She needed to re-buy furniture because she didn’t have any furniture in the house. It’s a big house and she wanted furniture consistent with her style on the show. There is nothing wrong with doing that, except that it doesn’t look good for her to be doing it.”
Zap2it: Ah, the “big house” defense. And we finally agree. It doesn’t look good for her to be going on an expensive shopping spree days after you’ve asked to be bailed out of millions of dollars in debt. Is it legal? That’s for the court to decide. Does it reveal something sketchy about Teresa’s character? In our opinion, yes.
What’s your take on Teresa’s attorney’s statements?