As a jaded reality TV addict, I'm never really shocked to discover that yet another one of the so-called high-falutin' Real Housewives cast member has a sordid past that includes all sorts of failed financial schemes, flings, shady business dealings, and even an arrest or two. By now, I've actually come to expect it... which is actually rather sad, when you think about it. But, then again, how can I not anticipate a less-than-squeaky background when current cast members are constantly getting busted for allegedly committing one crime after the other? For example, there's RHONJ's Teresa Giudice, who's currently serving time in federal prison and RHOBH's Kim Richards, who was arrested for allegedly shoplifting in a Target store.
Perhaps the fact that those particular Housewives have highly-publicized legal troubles explains why I simply shrug and shake my head when I hear about another Bravo-lebrity gone rogue. I mean, they’re in good (or bad) company. Who hasn’t heard all about RHONJ’s Danielle Staub and her allegedly gritty past? Hey, the public actually watched RHOA’s Porsha Williams go from basically being a Stepford wife to collecting a mugshot (a gorgeous one, but still) after she viciously attacked Kenya Moore during a Housewives reunion.
Unfortunately, the laundry list of crimes doesn’t stop there. Here are seven more Housewives you didn’t know had rap sheets:
RHOM's Marysol Patton
The crazy thing about this case is that Marysol went to jail for an alleged DUI several months before her mother, Elsa, was arrested and charged with the same alleged crime.
RHONY's Sonja Morgan
After learning that the reality star was jailed for suspicion of allegedly driving under the influence after leaving a Memorial Day party in 2010, it's a little bit concerning that Sonya's drinking is still a prominent RHONY storyline.
RHOA's NeNe Leakes
Prior to her self-proclaimed "rich b*tch" status, NeNe was arrested for theft when she was 25 years old. After violating her probation, she was arrested three more times over the next two years.
RHONY's Kelly Killoren Bensimon
RHOA's Shereè Whitfield
The former Atlanta housewife's ascent to the lifestyles of the rich and famous got off to a rocky start. When she was 19, Sheree was arrested twice for alleged theft in Ohio.
RHONJ's Jacqueline Laurita
Unfortunately, what happened while Jacqueline lived in Vegas pre-Housewives didn't exactly stay there. In 2011, reports of Jacqueline's alleged battery arrest hit the 'net — but the former Bravo star has denied the incident ever took place.
RHONJ's Melissa Gorga
Reportedly the reality star's glamorous lifestyle followed somewhat of a wild child stint. According to reports, Melissa was arrested for alleged theft when she was 18 years old.
Who knew the drama extended this far off-screen?