On August 29th, The Maliblue Oyster Bar in Long Island reportedly held a fundraiser for Joe and Teresa Giudice. Fans supporting the Giudice family and their innocence are raising money to help support their legal bills, but Teresa and her PR team suggest the appearance was just a meet and greet with fans.
“We believe Teresa will be vindicated soon but in the meantime, we are collecting funds to aid her defense,” a spokesperson for the bar told In Touch. “She has four young children who desperately need her in their lives.”
The bar also reportedly wants to raise money for the fines the Giudices will be required to pay. The group believes Teresa will get probation and fines and escape jail time.
Teresa took to Twitter to tell her fans about the even. “Come see me at Maliblue Oyster Bar in Long Island I will be there 7:30-8:30PM.”
Teresa also took to Twitter to reveal she had no idea the charity event was being organized and that the reports of a fundraiser are not true. A PR rep for Teresa tweeted, @Teresa_Giudice will be appearing tnite as a meet and greet to kick off Labor Day weekend press has false information on any other matter.”
“Tonight’s appearance at Maliblue is just a meet & greet w/ fans. I just heard that some of the workers there wanted to support me, and that is very sweet & I appreciate it, but if anyone wants to support me, please do it by donating to a charity I love: @NephCure. Xx” Teresa tweeted.
The official press release for the Defense Fund, courtesy of RealityTea:
Local Bartenders and Staff at Famed New York Beach Club
Forming Legal Defense Fund for Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Teresa Giudice
New York (August 29, 2013) – Bartenders and staff from a legendary New York beach resort and catering facility are collecting donations to support the legal defense of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice. During a special public appearance at historic Malibu Beach Resort tonight, Thursday August 29, 2013 at 7:30 pm., Teresa will greet hundreds of fans who will contribute to her defense fund.
Teresa and her husband Joe Giudice are facing 39 counts of fraud, which could result in up to 50 years in jail. The Giudices are charged with an alleged conspiracy to defraud lenders and illegally obtain mortgages. In addition, they are also accused of hiding assets and income while declaring bankruptcy.
Her supporters and millions of fans around the world strongly believe Teresa will be vindicated soon and are seeking donations for the reality TV star, who has four young children. The group is dedicated to helping Teresa stay out of prison and also help pay any fines or other restitution that Teresa and Joe are ordered to pay.
The Bartenders, servers and other wait-staff work at Malibu Beach Resort, an iconic New York area oceanfront facility where the biggest names in show business have performed over the last 50 years including Sammy Davis Jr., Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, U2 and Pat Benatar. Camera crews and photographers are welcome.
***Great visuals of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and hundreds of fans collecting money to support her legal defense***
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