During Season 7 of The Real Housewives of Orange County Tamra Barney referred to cast mate Alexis Bellino as “Jesus Jugs” and then rumors started circulating the internet that Jim and Alexis were going to sue Tamra for the name-calling.
Now, RumorFix is sharing more of the story! Sources close to the show tell Real Mr. Housewife that Alexis was worried Tamra would talk about Jim’s past autograph selling business, which happened to be very controversial.
Jim was mentioned in a book called ‘Operation Bullpen: The Inside Story of the Biggest Forgery Scam in American History,’ which is about an autograph forgery ring that ripped off fans for $100 million. Jim was accused of being the person who authenticated the fake signatures, but he was never charged.
The source says, “Jim was afraid that Tamra would talk about it on the show, potentially exposing him.”
These allegations were in 1999 and Jim has said he “was neither tried nor convicted of any crime because I never would knowingly buy or sell an illegitimate or forged autograph.” His company did end up closing.
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