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    Melissa Gorga Talks Teresa Giudice's Legal Troubles: "I Have Her Back"

    Melissa Gorga is sticking up for sister-in-law Teresa Giudice

    The Real Housewives of New Jersey star appeared on Watch What Happens Live Sunday night, where she opened up to host Andy Cohen about her roller coaster relationship with her costar and family member in the wake of the Giudice's legal troubles.

    "We are in a much better place than we've been in a really long time," the Bravo reality star said in regards to her tumultuous relationship with her sister-in-law. "And yes of course, I've reached out and spoke to Teresa."

    PHOTO: Teresa and Joe hit the beach as Caroline Manzo comments on couple's legal woes

    While the pair's intense feuding has been heavily featured on the show, Gorga says the twosome have put their differences in the past, and admits she's more than willing to lend her support to the embattled couple.

    "She knows I have her back," Gorga continued. "The kids of course are the No. 1 priority and that's what Joe [Gorga] and I are always here for no matter what."

    On July 29, Teresa and her husband Joe Giudice were charged in a conspiracy to defraud lenders and illegally obtain mortgages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case.

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    The 39-count indictment claims the Giudices committed mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, made false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud, while also charging Joe with failure to file tax returns from 2004 to 2008, during which time he allegedly earned nearly $1 million.

    The parents of four daughters are currently each free on $500,000 bail and are expected to plead not guilty at their arraignment hearing on Aug. 14.

    If convicted, each spouse could face a maximum prison sentence of 20 or 30 years.

    NEWS: RHONJ's Teresa Giudice shockingly calm over fraud charges

    RHONJ, Melissa Gorga, Teresa Giudice Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

    Teresa has since broken her silence in the wake of the fraud charges, taking to Twitter to thank fans for their continued support.

    "Thank you all so so much for your love and support. It means the world to me and my family! TANTI BACI Xx," she wrote (tanti baci means many kisses in Italian).

    Gorga isn't the first RHONJ star to open up about Teresa's legal woes. Caroline Manzo also recently shared her thoughts on WWHL, admitting her family is trying to steer clear of the real-life drama. 

    "I can't even wrap my head around it," Manzo told show host Andy Cohen on last Sunday's show. "It's unexpected. This is a big deal...I think for me, the Manzos, our position is just going to be to stay quiet because it's just too big and too serious for the peanut gallery. I'm just going to leave it at that."

    (E! and Bravo are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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