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'RHOC' Prison Interview! Josh Waring Claims He's Innocent In Attempted Murder Charges

Jan. 30 2018, Updated 12:33 p.m. ET

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In a world exclusive jailhouse interview with RadarOnline.com, Josh Waring insists he's innocent of attempted murder charges, and blames Bravo for "putting a target on my back."

Ex Real Housewives of Orange County star Lauri Peterson's son was charged with attempted murder after allegedly opening fire on two people in Costa Mesa and then leading cops on a wild car chase on June 20, 2016, as Radar has reported.

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He was eventually captured and charged with three counts of attempted murder and several other felony and misdemeanor charges.

Jury selection began on Jan. 29, and Waring is still pleading not guilty. However, if found guilty, he could face several life sentences.

Waring tells Radar exclusively he's "been prevented any inkling of getting any kind of fair trial" due to his criminal history and claims he knows the man who committed the crime.

"I’m fearful because the deck is stacked against me already," he said. "I’m trying my best to prove I didn’t do this, but this justice system is scary."

As readers know, Warning has had substance abuse problems for years. In fact, he was hit with a felony possession of a controlled substance charge and accusations of being under the influence — while locked up behind bars!

Court records show Waring reportedly was busted with “pruno,” an alcoholic drink made from fermented fruit, ketchup, sugar, bread and other ingredients.

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"They don’t care if they wrongly convict me, I’m a drug addict and not a productive member of society. I don’t think they care if I go upstate for the rest of my life," Waring told Radar exclusively.

Desperate Waring reveals he even tried to get Dateline to perform a polygraph test on camera, but the disgraced reality TV star says he's hit roadblocks in every attempt he's made to help prove his innocence.

"I got the ball rolling with Dateline. They requested almost $10,000 to get cameras approved. The producer said she had never gone through so many roadblocks. So it’s been hard and they’re putting up bars everywhere I turn," he revealed.

Waring, however, continues to fight on with his mom and dad's support. "My mom has been at all the court hearings every day and my dad is involved, they have been supportive," he said. "It’s been hard knowing the circumstances, it’s been difficult at times, but I push on and keep the fight up."

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"Some days I want to cave in, but the support from my mom and dad and everyone around me has been everything."

As fans know, the reality TV son appeared on RHOC with his mom, until she quit in 2009 for privacy reasons over Waring’s legal woes.

Peterson, who is divorced from Waring’s father, was one of the original RHOC stars, but has only done guest shots in recent years.

Despite Peterson leaving reality TV years ago, Waring partly blames RHOC for getting him into trouble with the law.

"The show kind of put a target on my back," he said. "But I chose to go out and do drugs so it’s my fault. I am innocent and I have tried to prove that from the gate."

Meanwhile, Waring was hit with divorce papers from his wife Hannah while he was in jail after allegedly threatening to stab her. She said in legal docs that they split up in March 2015.

His estranged wife also noted Peterson adopted their daughter, Kennady Kaydence, 4, and both parents have no legal rights to her.

Waring told Radar despite his troubled past, his mom still has his back. "My mom knows I am innocent and she knows I am not perfect and I have a drug problem and I have had my faults and weaknesses. But she has also said, ‘you don’t understand, this isn’t him. If it was drugs there would be a 99 chance it’s true. But not this.’"

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