The only Housewife anyone can talk about these days – Jen Shah – is assuring her fans she isn't going anywhere, allegedly.
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star – who earlier this week was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering – has been maintaining her innocence both in court and on social media.
The latest proclamation came via an alleged Instagram direct message exchange with a fan named Andrew Zickmund, who told RadarOnline.com he reached out to Shah following Friday's arraignment to find out what fans everywhere want to know: Are the charges true, and is Jen going to continue filming Season 2 of the Bravo franchise, which is currently in production?
"I am innocent of these charges. Please don't believe this. They are accusations. We will prove my innocence," Shah allegedly messaged Zickmund, as captured in a screenshot obtained and posted by Christian Gray Snow.
When asked if she would "continue to film RHOSLC & tell your story," the 47-year-old reality star allegedly replied, "Absolutely."
Though Shah pleaded "not guilty" to the charges during her teleconference arraignment before United States District Judge Sidney H. Stein, her bond was still set at $1 million.
The Bravo star then took to Instagram to repost a fan's sweatshirt containing a photo of her face and the words "Free Jen." She added, "Thank you for being loyal, believing in me and not believing the hype. This journey has showed me who my true friends are. All my love. #ShahSquad."
Jen and her assistant, Stuart Smith, have been accused of screwing over hundreds, possibly thousands, of "victims" in a long-running telemarketing scam. Reportedly, the gist of the alleged con – which ran from 2012 to this month, per the indictment – involved Shah's company creating numerous websites that offered fake services to generally vulnerable people. The purpose of the websites was to generate leads. Shah is accused of then selling those leads to telemarketing companies that she knew would screw over the victims. The reality star was allegedly then paid a cut of the money that the telemarketing companies made off scamming the names.
She was arrested Tuesday, released from jail hours later and ordered to return to court at the end of the week. She was ordered to stay away from her alleged victims, not leave the state of Utah and surrender her passport. She is also prohibited from opening any additional lines of credit or incurring new credit card charges.
But Shah has since presented herself as relatively unbothered, posting on social media about getting her hair done and reposting fans proclaiming her innocence. Her co-stars, however, don't appear to be as "chill" about the whole thing.
Mary M. Cosby, perhaps Shah's No. 1 show nemesis, declared she had been "feeling blessed" lately, just minutes after news broke of her co-star's arrest for her alleged criminal activity.