The couple, who have repeatedly tried to convey ignorance and naivety in their fraud conviction, pulled the same schtick again on Thursday’s second installment of Thursday’s Watch What Happens Live: One-On-One with Teresa and Joe Giudice.
Quizzed by Cohen regarding the accounting discrepancies in court documents that angered the judge — who cited RadarOnline.com’s reporting as a key tool for the court in the case — Teresa played dumb yet again, blaming the mismatched numbers on their former accountant.
"I wasn't aware that we needed to put all that information down,” she said. “I wish our accountant had come to our house and then filled out the paperwork … I would have never not put it down."
As for the Real Housewives of New Jersey star’s explanation for the unlisted jewelry on papers submitted to the court?
"I told my attorney, ‘You need to list my engagement ring, my wedding band, and Joe has a Rolex and a wedding ring.’ I wear a lot of costume jewelry because diamond earrings, they could fall down the drain,” Teresa said, noting that one of her lawyers even stood up in court and told the judge, one of my attorneys “She did tell me that.”
When Cohen asked them the logistics of their claim that they only had $25,000 worth of furniture in their $3 million mansion, Joe said the paltry numbers were due to deprecation.
The convicted father-of-four was otherwise a sympathetic figure on the special, as he apologized to his wife for the unsavory chain of events.
“I just want to apologize I got you into this mess,” said Joe, who’s headed to prison for 41 months after Teresa’s 15 months in custody. “I don’t even know what else to say. If I could take it all back, I would, but I can’t.
Regarding their convictions and sentences, Joe told his wife, “I tried to do whatever I could, but I had no control over that.”
The forgiving Teresa said she believes Joe “didn’t mean to hurt her in any way” having her sign documents that led to their fraud convictions, adding that Joe’s “been feeling bad and he keeps coming up to me and hugging me.”
The two then kissed, showing solidarity amid whispers their legal troubles have put a serious strain on their 14-year marriage.
Teresa told Joe, “I love you … you just have to be there for our daughters,” as Joe will be the only parent at home to care for their four children — Gia, 13, Gabriella, 10, Milania, 8, and Audriana, 5 — when Teresa enters prison Jan. 5.
Joe wasn’t the only one with mea culpas on Thursday, as Teresa said on the broadcast, “I want to apologize to the people out there that I let down and I want to say I’m deeply sorry for what I’ve done.”
Elsewhere in the exchange, the couple told Andy Cohen that their legal struggled have wiped out their business endeavors — Joe’s in construction, Teresa’s in marketing cookbooks and beauty products.
"This whole thing has killed everything," Joe said, vowing to stay on the straight and narrow moving forward in his career. "I'm just going to make sure everything is crossed and is dotted the right way — I just have to really look at everything.”
On a touchy note, the couple declined to go into detail about Joe’s upcoming hearing in a driver’s license charge, which could add as many as 12 years to his 3-year, 5-month sentence.
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