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Andy Cohen Claims ‘RHOP’ Star Michael Darby 'Squeezed' His Butt

Andy Cohen Claims RHOP’s Michael Darby 'Squeezed' His Butt
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Sep. 30 2019, Updated 7:44 p.m. ET

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Michael Darby has a lot to explain.

After this Sunday’s Real Housewives of Potomac season 4 reunion, the star got hit by a new set of sexual misconduct claims, this time from Bravo host Andy Cohen, who said Michael, 60, once “squeezed” his butt.

When asked about the incident during the reunion, Andy said he didn’t remember, but other cast mates’ husbands insisted that it happened.

Ray Huger, Karen Huger’s husband, told Michael: “I’ve seen you grab someone’s behind, for myself. I saw you in a different situation. I saw you grab Andy’s butt at the reunion. … I saw that. You guys were kidding around. It’s not a big deal.”

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He said that Michael’s actions towards Andy made him believe that he did, in fact, grope the show’s cameraman during filming.

“I did believe you did it,” Ray said. “I didn’t think it was a bad thing. I thought you were being playful. … My situation was, you do that. You told me and you told the world that you do that in Australia all the time.” readers know that a cameraman filed a police report against the real estate mogul, whom he claimed “grabbed and groped” his butt during filming. The charges were later dropped, but it didn’t take long for Michael to be slammed with a series of similar sexual misconduct accusations.

The RHOP women said the alleged incidents took place in 2016 during the show’s first season. Around the same time, cameras caught Michael touching the backside of Katie Rost’s then-fiancé, Andrew Martin, on a dance floor. During the reunion, Chris Bassett, Candiace Dillard’s husband, claimed he was with Michael at D.C. venue L2 Lounge when Michael allegedly groped a cameraman — the same one who made a misconduct claim against him. Meanwhile, Robyn Dixon and Candiace alleged that at a party, they overheard Michael saying he would be open to performing oral sex on cast member Juan Dixon.

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Despite it all, Michael — who is married to RHOP star Ashley Darby — has maintained his innocence, denying he had ever touched any of the men, Andy included.

“What a waste of time. There’s another unfounded accusation from someone,” he said.

“You and I might have had a fun joke about it. I don’t think I grabbed your butt,” he told the host.

“I don’t remember,” Andy said. “I’m sure I was fine with it. The show went well, I love you guys.”

On this Sunday’s Watch What Happens Live, however, Andy revealed: “That was me. It was at the end of the reunion a few years before, and I had just totally forgotten frankly. Someone at Bravo reminded me the next day. I said ‘Wow, Michael squeezed my butt.’ But he said that that’s a way he's just friendly with other guys. Have you ever heard of that?!”



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