Caroline Manzo’s past found its way onto the internet thanks to Greg Bennett, a longtime friend of the Manzo family.
The picture was shared on Bennett’s Instagram page as part of his “Happy Birthday” message to Lauren. “Sharing this never-before-seen photo of us in a Dominican prison in honor of @laurenmanzo’s birthday. The way we posed for our lives in the face of a long prison sentence at the hands of a corrupt local government? Iconic,” Bennett captioned the picture.
“Isn’t that the truth? Never forget that”, Caroline commented on the photo.
“And right after you just recovered from your debilitating migraines,” Bennett replied.
“Tot. Those were the days!!!” Co-RHONJ star Melissa Gorga added.
“The saddest thing about the whole thing is that you never got to premiere On Display at the Spring Break Club in the cave,” Bennett replied.
It sounds like everyone can laugh at the incident now (and maybe even then, given the big smile that flashed on the jail pic). So what actually happened?
Here’s what you need to know:
A fight broke out during a trip to the Dominican Republic and a court case ensued
The former ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ star ended up in prison in the Dominican Republic along with her two sons, Albie Manzo and Chris Manzo, her daughter Lauren Manzo and, of course, Bennett.
It all went down in 2011 when the family stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana along with Teresa Giudice, her then-husband Joe Giudice, her brother Joe Gorga, and his wife Melissa Gorga. Lute! newsJacqueline Laurita and her husband Chris were also on the trip.
According to TMZa bar fight broke out involving several members of the RHONJ cast.
“We were told that someone involved in the argument grabbed a drinking glass and threw it over the man’s head … and the guy was injured so badly he required immediate medical attention,” TMZ reported at the time. While initial details were sparse, a lawsuit kept them from discussing what happened.
“‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ was NOT being taped at the time of the incident. We believe the settlement agreements previously negotiated and signed by both the plaintiffs and their attorneys will be enforced and these claims are entirely without merit,” the network said said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
Manzo said she will never visit the Dominican Republic again
During their interviews with Dave Quinn for his book Not All Diamonds and Rosé, both Caroline and Melissa were asked about the unforgettable trip to the Caribbean. Quinn even spoke to Bennett about the ordeal.
“All hell broke loose,” Gorga explained, according to E! News.
“Albie and Chris have a fight with the guy who drops the N-word, I have the guys calling me homophobic slurs, then the Joes deal with another guy. It was all these different scenes,” Bennett said.
Fast forward a decade and Caroline still hasn’t fully recovered.
“The Manzo family will never set foot on Dominican Republic soil again,” she told Quinn.
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