The couple sat down on Wednesday for his or her first interview after the Montgomery County State Legal professional’s workplace dropped expenses towards Michael of felony assault and misdemeanor improper sexual conduct.
Michael, an actual property mogul and restaurant proprietor, was accused of “grabbing and groping” the butt of a Bravo cameraman whereas filming an episode of RHOP. The fees carried the potential of 11 years in jail and hundreds of in fines, however had been dismissed on Oct. four in a Montgomery County court docket attributable to inadequate proof.
“I didn’t do it,” Michael, 59, informed FOX 5 D.C. “My title is cleared. I didn’t do something. I’m fully exonerated, fully cleared.”
“This undoubtedly crossed a line,” stated Ashley, who married Michael in Might 2014. “It didn’t jade me, however it actually made me assume twice about whether or not or not we made the appropriate choice to do the present. However in the long term, I’m not going to let somebody smash Michael and I as a result of they made some false allegation. Nobody goes to smash our lives. That simply received’t occur.”
Within the interview, Michael alleged that the cameraman “noticed a option to earn cash, he went out to inform folks,” and claimed that “he give up the day after he filed expenses.”
PEOPLE has reached out to the cameraman for remark.
Describing the alleged incident, Michael stated that the couple was filming at a celebration at fellow Housewife Monique Samuels’ house.
“Throughout this filming, I needed to exit to take and I used to be inside. I moved to exit and I did stumble upon the cameraman — I presume it was that,” Michael recalled to FOX 5 D.C. “He stated, ‘Don’t try this,’ and I stated, ‘I’m sorry’ and I moved on. It was instantaneous as a result of I used to be speeding to movie.”
Ashley backed up Michael’s account. “I used to be on the incident in query,” she stated. “I used to be actually taking a look at Michael when this alleged incident came about. I’d have seen if one thing like that had occurred.”
“I skilled sexual abuse as a toddler, so I don’t take these issues frivolously by any means,” Ashley added. “If I believed that my husband had finished one thing flawed of that nature, after all I’d undoubtedly handle it and I wouldn’t be supporting him as a lot as I’m. However I do know the reality.”
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Within the aftermath of it, Bravo and the present’s manufacturing firm Actually Authentic suspended Michael from filming whereas they appeared into the investigation. Because it was dropped, they’ve resumed filming.
Regardless of being again on RHOP, Michael informed FOX 5 D.C. he believes the cameraman’s claims are half of a bigger problem.
“That is security within the office for everyone,” he stated.
“All of us care who’s in our office. We’ve got these folks come into our properties. This gentleman had labored for the manufacturing firm for a month. They hadn’t background checked him,” he alleged. “Even actuality stars have security and safety within the office. In order that’s a dialogue we’re going to have at size with people who we work with.”