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Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe Giudice are facing prison time as they await trial for charges of tax fraud and conspiracy.
Now, there's another twist in the case - unseen footage from the hit Bravo show may be viewed as evidence in court!
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"For every hour that airs, there are more than 20 hours of unedited footage," a source explained to the NY Daily News. On the first season of the show, Teresa came under fire for making big purchases, like furniture, all in cash. Her actions began to make prosecutors suspicious as they investigated the family. It's possible that unseen footage might contain even more evidence of Teresa and Joe's actions over the last couple of years.
"The network is not happy," the source added. Bravo has dealt with their Housewives' legal dramas before, but this is the first time that any of the network's stars have had the possibility of ending up in prison.
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Before their indictments, Teresa and Joe were reportedly trying to get their own spinoff on Bravo. The couple was thinking about buying a cupcake shop and getting a show about their attempt to run a business.
Teresa is the most successful member of the RHONJ cast, with several bestselling cookbooks, including Skinny Italian, to her credit. She also has a drink, the Fabellini, and a line of hair care products. In Touch previously reported that, the night after her indictment, Teresa attended a beauty event in NYC to accept an award for her hair products, which are named after her daughter Milania.
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It is possible that both Joe and Teresa could go to prison. Joe, who was born in Italy and never became a naturalized US citizen, also faces possible deportation. The couple has four daughters.