Real Housewives of New Jersey, Danielle Staub

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Contrary to popular belief, Danielle Staub doesn't want every aspect of her life captured on camera.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star has obtained a temporary restraining order to prevent an ex-boyfriend from peddling—what else?—a sex tape featuring the duo in presumably happier times.

Stephen Zalewski, who was not in court Wednesday, has also been ordered to gather up all videos and explicit photographs he may have of Staub and appear in court July 21 for a follow-up hearing.

But Staub, who easily took the title of housewife with the most skin-crawling back story on the Jersey installment of Bravo's hit franchise, has only just begun.

She is also suing Zalewski for defamation, invasion of privacy and infliction of emotional distress, claiming he that she didn't even know the tape existed until he was quoted mentioning it in a Star magazine article.


"She cost me so much money, why shouldn't I make a few dollars?" Zalewski told the magazine, according to the lawsuit.

"It sickened me," Staub told State Superior Court Judge Thomas F. Brogan in court today.

She told reporters outside the courthouse that she felt Zalewski was trying to embarrass her and, even more inappropriately, her two daughters as punishment for breaking up with him.

"This is about my kids," Staub said. "I'm a big girl. Do what you want to me. But you broke bread with my children. Don't do this to me. No adult should ever do this to a child."

Her attorney, Darren Del Sardo, said that Brogan also plans to refer the matter to the county prosecutor's office because videotaping a person having sex without his or her consent is a crime in New Jersey.

Zalewski has not yet responded to the civil allegations.


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