"Strippergate," the ongoing story that Melissa was once a nude dancer, exploded with on-camera allegations from Angelo Vrohidis. Angelo once managed a New Jersey gentleman's club. He says that before Melissa danced privately for her husband she danced for him. These days, the reality TV megastar is known for being "On Display" with her clothes on.
Melissa and Teresa have dueling stories about who is at fault with plenty of blame to go around. The episodes currently airing were filmed about a year ago. This family drama is epic and only getting more intense.
So where are we currently in this fight? We put together a cheat sheet to clarify the messy situation.
The gloves are completely off for any sort of family reconciliation between the Gorgas and the Giudices. During a new appearance on "Wendy" Melissa lobbed new charges toward her husband Joe's big sister. Mrs. Gorga told Wendy Williams that Tre physically twisted her arm at Gia's off-camera party while she was carrying baby Joey! The gossip queen gasped and asked Melissa whether she was a stripper and Melissa explained that she was a bartender in a bikini bar.
When the mysterious Angelo appeared on the explosive season finale of "RHONJ" to accuse Melissa of being a stripper, Teresa started pointing fingers. The tabloid cover favorite claims that she was surprised by the fiasco at her BFF Kim D's Posche fashion show. In fact Teresa says that she's proud of how she handled it.
Melissa maintains that she was never a stripper. She writes on her Bravo blog, "If I was a stripper, I would say I was." Melissa says that she thinks Tre is just trying to justify her own bad behavior. The singer lays it all on the line emphatically stating, "For the record, I was never a "stripper or a call girl or a whore or a lesbian or a drug user." Melissa is not even sure that she can even return to the reality show that made her a Bravolebrity due to this ongoing fight.
The "Fabulicious" chef believes that "Strippergate" has been blown way out of proportion. She maintains that she never set anyone up and can't understand why the entire cast has turned against her. Strangely, with all of the enemies that she's managed to rack up herself, Tre blogs that she "can't keep track of all the people Melissa has pissed off in our town, but [she's] not going to be a part of it."
So, what do you think? Did Teresa set Melissa up? Was Mrs. Gorga ever a stripper?
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