Teresa Giudice, Joe Giudice

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Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice is speaking out after appearing in court Tuesday with her husband, Joe. The Bravo couple has been accused of conspiring to defraud lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans and allegedly trying to shield their assets during a bankruptcy case.

And now, the mother of four has taken to Twitter to speak publicly about the legal scandal.

"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.

For those of you who don't speak fluent Italian, tanti baci means many kisses.

But she's not the only Housewife who is opening up about the recent drama…

Jacquelina Laurita vented her frustrations on Twitter, saying, "The press can stop coming2mydoor&calling my husband4us2comment regarding recent news."

"We have no comment, we reached out2castmembers directly," she further explained.

"I don't like when people LIE to plant seeds to make others look bad, but I'm not worried bc I know in the end, the truth will come out. #RHONJ"

Wow! Is that ominous enough?

Up until now, Teresa has been mum on her legal woes with her husband and managed to keep a calm front for the cameras as she walked into the Newark courthouse.

Jacqueline Laurita, Teresa Giudice, Caroline Manzo, Melissa Gorga, Kathy Wakile, The Real Housewives of New Jersey

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During the hearing, the two were each released on $500,000 bond and have yet to enter a plea.

If convicted, each spouse could face a maximum prison sentence of 20 or 30 years. U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman told reporters a plea deal for the couple has not been discussed.

Teresa's attorney, Henry Klingman, tells E! News that "it's been a difficult few days" for his client, "but she's been resolute."

"She's tending to her kids and dealing with this like a grownup."

The two currently have separate legal representation, which according to Klingman isn't unusual.

"It's almost invariably true that in federal criminal cases such as this one, the judge requires each defendant to have their own attorney. It reflects the ethical rules so the lawyers avoid conflicts of interest."

He added, "Even if people are on the same page like a husband and wife, they could theoretically go in different directions at some point in the future."

Teresa is expected to plead not guilty at the arraignment hearing Aug. 14, according to her attorney.

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