Ex Has Bone to Pick in Court With Real Housewives' Danielle

Kevin Maher says the Real Housewives of New Jersey star defamed him on the show

By Natalie Finn, Whitney English Oct 07, 2009 12:26 AMTags
Real Housewives of New Jersey, Danielle StaubDimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

UPDATE: Kevin Maher is clearly a man of his word. He filed a lawsuit against Danielle Staub for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress this week.


Danielle Staub's brief first marriage may not have been a bed of roses, but according to her ex, it certainly wasn't a bed of broken glass, either!

Kevin Maher, who was married to the Real Housewives of New Jersey star for barely a year in the 1980s, tells E! News that Staub has repeatedly slandered him and he is planning to take legal action.

"I am filing a lawsuit against my ex-wife, Danielle Staub, stemming from her allegations that I raped her on a bed of broken glass, inserted my handgun inside her and played Russian Roulette, and last but not least, killing her dog by way of hanging it," Maher states. "She also threatened me on the reunion show that Bravo aired."

On that Real Housewives reunion special (which our guest blogger Bethenny Frankel found totally "boring"), Staub toted along a copy of Cop Without a Badge, an exposé about Maher's life as a police informant that revealed Staub used to go by the name Beverly Ann Merrill, had a history of prostitution and drug use and once faced federal charges in connection with an extortion plot.

But Maher apparently fears that he's the one who came out of all this looking bad.

"It hurt my business and my reputation," Maher says of the comments Staub made about him after becoming a household name during the Jersey girls' premiere season.

He says that, rather than settle, he wants his day in court—or, more pointedly, he wants to watch the 47-year-old mother of two squirm on the witness stand.

A rep for Staub did not immediately return a request for comment.

She and the father of her two daughters, Thomas Staub, divorced in 2007.


Jersey just got picked up for a second season, but the action right now is taking place in Atlanta—and Bethenny Frankel is all over it! Read her guest blog right here.