In lawsuits filed Tuesday in New York and Miami, two Chicago men allege that cast members of The Real Housewives of New Jersey attacked them in a bar while they were vacationing in the Dominican Republic in February.
The men, University of Illinois-Chicago police officer Adolfo Arreola and electrician Jason Gomez, say the incident took place Feb. 23 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, after one of the housewives, Teresa Giudice, sprayed a drink into the eyes of Arreola's mother-in-law, Yolanda Martinez. When the men confronted Giudice about the spraying, they say they were "swarmed" by other cast members, including Giudice's husband Joe and housewife Caroline Manzo's sons Albert and Christopher, who were in the bar filming a scene for their show's third season.
Following the attack, Arreola reports his arm was fractured and wrist broken. Gomez allegedly suffered a bone fracture in his leg as well as torn ligaments in his knee. Their passports were reportedly seized and they claim they were forced to sign a release of claims by attorneys provided by the Bravo reality show. They are suing the cast members they say attacked them, the Bravo channel, as well as the hotel, which they claim refused to call police or an ambulance in response to the incident.
"We consider the release a nullity, as these victims were forced to sign it under duress," said the mens' attorney, Thomas A. Demetrio. "The allegations in the lawsuits show they signed it only because they needed to get back home to acquire proper medical attention, but were told they would not leave the Dominican Republic alive if they did not sign the document."
According to the Chicago Tribune's report detailing the incident, a representative of Bravo declined to make a comment pertaining to the accusations, while Ricardo Cata, a lawyer for the hotel's operator stated that "the hotel did everything it was supposed to do and responded appropriately and took care of the guests in the appropriate manner."
Martinez has also, reportedly, filed her own lawsuit related to the incident.