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Why RHONJ's Melissa & Joe Gorga Were Allegedly Sued Over New Home

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Melissa and Joe Gorga are proud of their new and lavish abode, but the long-running The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars are reportedly getting sued, after they allegedly didn't pay their construction company. Melissa and Joe, who have starred on Bravo since Melissa was cast on RHONJ season 3, have shared an on-and-off relationship with Joe's sister Teresa Giudice, which grew strained long before they became involved with the Real Housewives franchise. Although Melissa and Joe's problems with Teresa (and Teresa's ex-husband, Joe Giudice) are one of the most memorable aspects of RHONJ, the couple hasn't been shy when it comes to flaunting their wealth. They splashed out cash to construct a home in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

In mid-November, almost a year after the RHONJ stars bought the mansion for $1 million in 2021, Melissa, Joe, and their three children finally moved into the massive residence. The estate features an elongated driveway, huge closets, and extravagant chandeliers. The Gorgas' home has simultaneously wowed and turned off The Real Housewives of New Jersey fans, especially since many housewives have been criticized for their Instagram activities following Dorit Kemsley's home invasion last October. Melissa and Joe probably don't care what franchise fans think about their new house, and they may have bigger fish to fry anyway. All About The Tea shared court documents, which revealed that the Gorgas were sued by County Concrete Corporation in October.

Related: What RHONJ Fans Are Saying About Melissa & Joe Gorga's New House

Melissa & Joe Gorga Allegedly Didn't Pay For Materials

Although Melissa and Joe's large purchases indicate that the couple has money to spare, especially since Melissa recently opened another Envy boutique, the court documents uploaded by All About That Tea allege that the RHONJ stars owe over $30,000 for unpaid building materials. "Between September 2021 through January 2022 the Plaintiff COUNTY CONCRETE CORPORATION provided materials to the Defendants," the lawsuit stated. "Upon information and belief these materials were utilized for various construction projects.” News of Melissa and Joe's secret lawsuit quickly made its way to RHONJ fans on Reddit, who weren't shocked by the revelation. In a thread started by u/the_smart_girl, a Redditor remarked, "Remember that episode where [the Gorgas'] are trying to sell their home and the realtor breaks part of the sink and is shocked the house is so cheaply made," one person reminisced.

Joe Gorga Was Sued For The Same Reason In 2018

Many Real Housewives have been in legal trouble over the years, but RHONJ fans aren't particularly surprised by the lawsuit, since Joe has been sued several times for similar reasons. In 2018, multiple sources, including Page Six, reported that Joe was sued by Starlite Window after he allegedly skipped out on a $17,000 bill. Interestingly, Joe had already been sued by Starlite Window in 2011 for $25,000, as per a separate report from North Jersey, while Melissa and producer/host Andy Cohen were hit with a $30,000 defamation lawsuit, which was dismissed in 2018. Although Melissa and Joe are rumored to be paid up to six figures for each RHONJ season, Real Housewives fans with financial difficulties may have more in common with the duo than they think.

Between the Gorgas' uncovered lawsuit and their absence from Teresa's wedding to Luis Ruelas, Melissa and Joe have more going on behind the scenes than just their recent move. Although fans weren't pleased with Melissa's storyline on RHONJ season 12, the Gorgas are set to return alongside Teresa, Dolores Catania, Margaret Josephs, Jennifer Aydin, and Jackie Goldschneider for The Real Housewives of New Jersey season 13. In the meantime, Real Housewives fans will have to keep up to date with Melissa and Joe's new home through social media, until it's inevitably shown on Bravo.

More: Everything We Know About The Real Housewives Of New Jersey Season 13

Sources: All About The Tea, u/the_smart_girl/Reddit


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