Later this season on The Real Housewives of Potomac we will see Ashley Darby and her husband Michael go through some very trying times. A preview for the season shows Michael Darby being accused of sexual assault, which will affect everyone on the show.
During an interview with Bravo in May, Ashley spoke out about the legal situation. “Those allegations that came were completely dismissed and all of the people who were there and were witnesses can attest that it didn’t happen,” she said. “This was an allegation that was proven to not be true, yet was treated with the same potency as what is true, and that’s really frustrating for me.”
Darby explained that she always had her husband’s back, regardless of what others had to say. “I made a commitment to Michael when we got married that I would stand with him, in sickness and in health and all those vows that I can’t remember, but I made that commitment,” she explained. “If I had a question of Michael’s character or if I had any doubts or apprehensions about who he is, for certain, I would have approached this situation very differently, and I would have been transparent with everybody about the fact that I was questioning him, his intentions, and the truth. But because I have no doubts, there’s absolutely nothing in my mind — especially because I was there when this alleged incident happened, literally standing right there — I feel just so confident in my husband. I believe him 100 percent.”
Ashley recently revealed that she was sexually abused as a child and explained how that made this situation even more difficult for Michael. “It hurt Michael, because we also do take the #MeToo movement very seriously,” Ashley said. “I’ve been an advocate for sexual abuse victims. I am a sexual abuse survivor, so I would never, by any means, take that lightly, nor would I be dismissive of someone who did claim that and it was true.”
The RHOP star also shared how these allegations helped her and Michael grow closer. “Even though this was a traumatic time for our relationship, and it did rattle us a little bit, we did come back stronger together,” she shared. “Now, had this happened before when Michael and I didn’t have the best foundation, I can’t exactly say how it would have played out, but we are so strong together, I know him, we’ve been through so much, and I feel just, I feel confident in the fact that this is the man that I love, I’m spending my life with, I want to father my children, and I know he’s a fair and honest person. He always has been.”
What are your thoughts about Ashley and Michael’s relationship? Have you been watching this season of RHOP?