Andy Cohen and Melissa Gorga could be off the hook in the $30 million lawsuit against them by the Real Housewives of New Jersey star’s ex-business partner, Jackie Beard Robinson.
The defendants filed a motion with Southern District of Florida to dismiss the lawsuit and compel the parties to go to arbitration. According to court documents, the defendants claim that Robinson signed two agreements when she appeared on the show and those contracts require claims such as this one to go to arbitration. The judge agreed and the case was dismissed and ordered into arbitration early last week, but Robinson filed papers to keep the case going.
Robinson’s request to reopen her case — in which she accused the duo of defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress — was denied by a judge on Friday.
NBC Universal, Andy Cohen and Melissa Gorga want a $30 million defamation lawsuit filed against them moved to arbitration.
On December 6, Robinson filed a lawsuit against Gorga, NBC Universal, Andy Cohen, the show’s executive producer, and Dorothy Toran, Sirens Media producer, for defamation, emotional distress and harm for making her look like a thief.
Gorga accuses Robinson of lifting clothes from the store in the middle of the night without her knowledge, however, Robinson says she had already parted ways with Gorga on Jan. 1, 2017, before she went to the boutique “in broad daylight” to gather “her belongings.” In addition, Robinson claims Gorga “misappropriated over $37,000 from Envy without authorization, among other things.”