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'Real Housewife' Danielle Staub Wants Ex's Defamation Suit Tossed

CBS News reported that Danielle Staub, a cast member of the hit reality television series "Real Housewives of New Jersey," is trying to have her ex-husband's $5 million defamation lawsuit thrown out of court.

The lawsuit, brought by ex-husband Kevin Maher, claims that Danielle Staub fabricated much of her "The Naked Truth" memoir in which he was described as a cruel and abusive husband. She said everything she wrote is, as the title suggests, the absolute truth.

As any New York personal injury lawyer would tell you, the best defense to a defamation charge is the truth. According to TMZ, though, Kevin Maher's suit also claims she accused him of killing her dog, forcing her to play Russian Roulette and raping her on a bed covered in broken glass; she says she never said those things, which means they must not be in her book.

Danielle Staub's recently filed court documents claim he has no evidence she said such things. But she did, however, list several examples of his "alleged scumbaggery," as TMZ so eloquently puts it. She claims that in his own memoir, "Cop Without a Badge," he admits to using cocaine, having "overactive sexual proclivities" and having once shoved a gun into the crotch of a man he believed was sleeping with his then-wife.

TMZ reported that the two are trying to settle their differences through mediation; but this case is so acrimonious, one has to wonder whether an alternative dispute resolution forum really can work with these two.   

And based on comments he made to the gossip news site, let's not get our hopes up too much:

"I will listen to the mediator ... but if the results are not fair and reasonable, I look forward to my day in court when I can call [Danielle] out on her lies. I want to be vindicated for the horrific crimes she falsely accuses me of."

If someone has said or written something about you that's untrue and damaging to your reputation, you may want to call a New York personal injury attorney for help.

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