While appearing on the red carpet with husband Joe at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star talked about the recent legal troubes fellow costar Teresa and her spouse, Joe, are dealing with at the moment.
"We will always have some kind of controversy and hard milestones you have to go through in life," Melissa told E! News. "They need to put on a strong face and they will get through it. They are doing fine and will be OK."
On July 29, the Giudices were charged in a conspiracy to defraud lenders and illegally obtain mortages and other loans as well as allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case.
The 39-count indictment claims the couple 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.
At the Giudices' most recent court appearance on Aug. 14, they pleaded not guilty to fraud charges before a federal judge in Newark, N.J.
Their next court date is scheduled for Oct. 8. The two are currently free on $500,000 bail each, but had to surrender their passports and cannot travel outside of New York or New Jersey.
If convicted, each spouse could face a maximum prison sentence of 20 to 30 years, and Joe, who is not a citizen of the United States, could also be deported back to Italy.