Danielle Staub Versus Ex-Husband: Who's the Liar?

Viewers of The Real Housewives of New Jersey know that Danielle Staub has her own, shall we say, unique way of seeing the truth. Her penchant for drama and exaggeration has gotten her in plenty of trouble onscreen -- and now it may cost her $5 million in a court battle against her ex-husband.

If you've seen the show, you're familiar with Cop Without a Badge, the memoir written by Staub's ex-husband Kevin Maher (NOT the father of her children, incidentally -- that's the other ex-husband). Staub has spent a lot of screen time denying the truth of the book, which paints her as a cocaine-addicted stripper involved in criminal activities -- or "prostitution whore", as Teresa Giudice memorably summed it up. In May, Staub retaliated against Maher's book with her own memoir, which describes Maher as an abusive husband who made her live in fear for her life. And now Maher is attempting to sue Staub for $5 million in damage to his reputation.

On Friday, the reality star and her ex sat down for a nine-and-a-half-hour mediation session to try and reach a settlement -- an effort that failed miserably. The back-and-forth accusations are enough to give anyone a headache: Maher said that Staub accused him of raping her on broken glass, forcing her to play Russian roulette and killing her dog. Staub denied saying any of this but argued that if she did (which she says she didn't), Maher he didn't actually have a decent reputation to harm. Maher called her a nymphomaniac. Staub pointed out that he cheated on his wife to be with her. Maher said the relationship actually ended because of her cheating. And so on, and so forth. Cut to the ending: Staub has filed a motion to dismiss Maher's lawsuit, but it seems likely that the pair will end up in court. Trial is set to begin on Feb.  16.

Say what you will about Danielle Staub, but her ex-husband sounds like a real nightmare. He's admitted that he threatened to kill her (but says there was no gun), admitted that he hit her (but says it was in self-defense), and admitted that they had violent sex (but says it wasn't rape). And whether or not she accused him of killing her dog, it's actually Maher -- not Staub! -- who made those accusations public by leaking the lawsuit info to gossip sites. We can only imagine what the marriage was like -- but in light of her relationship with this scary loser, Danielle's paranoia and self-protectiveness on Housewives make a whole lot more sense.

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