Cease & Desist Order: #RHOA Nene Leakes Vs. Kenya Moore & Claudia Jordan Legal Analysis

Posted on Jan 28 2015 - 1:42pm by Stacy Slotnick, Esq.

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“Real Housewives” cast members evidently like spending time in law offices based on the numerous cease and desist (“C&D”) letters floating. I too relish scanning the complimentary People magazines that pervade my law firm’s waiting area, but no one wants to be on the receiving end of a lawsuit for defamation.

On Jan. 27, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star and “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant, Kenya Moore posted a cease and desist letter on Instagram that she received from co-star, NeNe Leakes’ attorneys. In pertinent part, the letter states, “You are hereby directed to cease and desist making any and all false and defamatory statements, which are injurious to her [Leakes’] character and reputation.” 

Claudia Jordan also received a C&D letter, compliments of NeNe, which you can read exclusively about here

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The specific nature and temporal aspects of the false and defamatory statements Kenya and Claudia allegedly uttered/wrote is unknown. NeNe is charging Kenya with making actionable statements during “television broadcasts and through social media and the BravoTV blog.”  The C&D letter does not detail the false and defame statements themselves. We do not know the date The Secret Firm, P.C. sent Kenya the C&D letter. 

C&D letters do not actually signal litigation. In fact, a C&D letter does not even have to be signed or reviewed by an attorney, though it should be. This one was issued by The Secret Firm, whose law firm practice areas include personal injury, criminal defense, civil litigation, and immigration, according to its website.

C&D letters are cheaper than litigation and can achieve a speedier result if the defendant is willing to cooperate. A C&D tells someone to stop his or her illegal behavior (cease) and not resume it in the future (desist). Typically, it also expresses to the offender what legal actions you’ll take if they ignore the C&D.  Be forewarned that these letters lack teeth. If Kenya and Claudia do not believe NeNe will pursue a claim, or they can dispute her claims, NeNe will have no choice but to either file a lawsuit or abandon her accusation. In some C&D circumstances, letters are sent as a form of gamesmanship and seek to intimidate their recipients into giving up their rights without judicial intervention. 

The fact the former Miss USA posted the letter on her Instagram account may demonstrate, at least superficially, that she finds its contents meritless. The model captioned:

“I guess this is @neneleakes way of saying happy birthday #RHOA #HypocrasyAtItsBest #byegirl #SheTriedIt #SoNastySoRude.”

Kenya Moore cease & desist

In response, the Broadway actress and friend to RHONJ’s Teresa Giudice tweeted, “They need me for press because they can’t get none.” 

Georgia’s tort law of defamation includes claims for libel and slander. Defamation can appear either in written form, which is called libel, or spoken form, which is deemed slander. Defamation is a state law cause of action and it protects a party’s “interest in reputation and good name” by compensating harm brought to a person’s character through the use of false statements.

In Georgia, the elements of a defamation claim are:

  • a false statement about the plaintiff;
  • communication of the statement to a third party in the absence of a special privilege to do so;
  • fault of the defendant amounting at least to negligence; and
  • harm to the plaintiff (damages), unless the statement amounts to defamation per se.

Public figures (like NeNe Leakes) have a more difficult legal burden to overcome since a public figure plaintiff must prove actual malice in order to prevail in an action for defamation. Actual malice means NeNe has to show Kenya and Claudia exhibited a complete disregard for the truth when making defamatory statements against the plaintiff.

What words were so careless and false to set NeNe on a C&D letter-shopping spree?  I encourage AATT readers to post their thoughts on that question here. Remember, the C&D letter does not outline the particular nature of NeNe’s defamation claims.

Kenya and Claudia may not be the only potential defendants: The immense popularity of reality television may ultimately necessitate courts to weigh in on defamation actions with the network and/or producer as defendant. 

Some in the legal community argue the network gives life to the unscripted programming and offers a platform for defamatory statements to arise. (Networks and producers have historically used contract theory as a defense, insinuating that the participants consented to any consequences resulting from their involvement.)

Nonetheless, consider the notion that editing can unfairly portray participants bordering on defamation. Moreover, will staging an event where one person is likely to defame the other create new legal implications for the networks?

To date, there have been legal claims against networks and producers over contestants/cast members having their reputations ruined. Lawsuits are filed against deep-pocket defendants for a litany of causes of action, including defamation, invasion of privacy, breach of contract, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. 

Cast members may sign away personal privileges when they place their John Hancock on the dotted line of a reality television contract, but they do not relinquish their constitutional rights.  The law may eventually create new parameters on the genre in light of defamation claims.

 

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About the Author

Stacy Slotnick, a.k.a. The Foxy Jurist, holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Commonwealth Honors College. Stacy is the recipient of the Honors Deans Award; Simon and Satenig Ermonian Memorial Scholarship; College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Opportunity Scholarship; and College of Humanities and Fine Arts Scholarship. She is also a William F. Field Alumni Scholar, an honor bestowed upon the most academically distinguished students. In law school, Stacy won two CALI Excellence For The Future Awards® and received an Achievement Scholarship. She is a member of the New York Bar. As an entertainment lawyer, Stacy counsels clients on contracts, branding, and public relations strategy. She negotiates with agents, producers, production companies, and lawyers to secure rights to projects on behalf of high-profile clients. Her clever, spirited, no holds barred legal analysis can be found in articles for The Huffington Post. * Facebook   * LinkedIn   * Twitter

  • italiano bambino

    Miss nene have say comments about other cast members but she’s so bothered but what they say about her.. please Nene time to get with the program if you can’t take it than STFU!

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Which comments of NeNe’s do you think are actionable?

      • italiano bambino

        Calling fakedra head doctor? Calling claudia a whore.. claiming her thing left her body just a few!

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Do you think Claudia will file her own lawsuit? Is that in her nature?

          • italiano bambino

            If nene continues with her nonsense why not. Until bravo put a stop on nene

          • I posted the video to you above. Refresh your browser to watch.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Great detective work! Thank you. Do you think someone gave NeNe bad legal advice to send C&Ds or does NeNe believe she is above the law and the rules do not apply to her equally?

          • Thank you, Stacy! I think it’s a combo of both. The law firm gets a little publicity while NeNe gets to puff out her inflated chest.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Based on the comments thus far, your analysis seems to be very on point. It is interesting, though, that the details of the alleged defamation, such as concrete statements and times they were said are absent from the letter.

          • That’s an observation many are making. According to the blog on Claudia C&D, hers contained specific statements.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            I haven’t seen in practice a ton of C&D letters in which specific instances of behavior were not addressed in the four corners of the correspondence. It is a bit of an anomaly.

          • whose gonna do my hair!

            She’s too classy, I doubt it. Why bother.

          • misstc

            ITA – Claudia’s star is on the rise & her class act makes her even more desirable.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            That seems to be a very popular opinion, misstc. Many people like her and perhaps that is somehow threatening to NeNe and her image.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            I understand your point of view. When a person’s reputation is harmed which correlates to a loss of money, property, etc. based on false statements and defamatory remarks, that individual has a decent claim for defamation. Time will tell if Kenya and/or Claudia will take action.

        • RonnieIsBack

          Boom!!!

      • Nene said that Claudia Jordan was a whore and that her clit (excuse me) has left her body. Below is the video of the exchange:

        http://youtu.be/f3HmSA0FrcU

        • whose gonna do my hair!

          Nene is a trash box

  • twifan2

    How long are the C&D orders for?

    • italiano bambino

      Until hulk shaves it off

      • twifan2

        I’m wondering if they will still be in effect during Reunion show time.

        • italiano bambino

          Hi twi most likely

      • YIKES!!

        • italiano bambino

          time to chop that off

      • Marsbars09

        OMG! That’s a riot!

        • italiano bambino

          Hi Mars doesn’t fit right in LOL

    • Stacy Slotnick

      There is no order to enforce. C&D letters have no real bite except to encourage people to stop saying things that can be legally actionable.

      • misstc

        I imagine if this C&D throwing becomes a daily thing, the next step would be to tell them to all go to the mud fighting ring? This is nuts!

  • RonnieIsBack

    BOOM! Exactly. This letter is Nene drawing a line in the sand…however, should her allegations lack merit (which they do) Kenya and Claudia will prevail…and I wouldn’t be surprised if they filed an actual COMPLAINT againt her for malicious proscution or abuse of procss (should she file a complaint). She is alienating more and more people with her hoodish boarish antics.

    Skip writing a check to DPS for $20K…looks like Moose has written a check Greg cannot cash.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      That is an excellent point! Sometimes lawsuits or the threat of them will awaken the beast insofar as it might prompt Kenya and Claudia to counter-claim and/or file their own lawsuits.

      • misstc

        For what Nene said last week about losing Claudia losing her clit-I would love to see Nene prove that in court. What a cow!

        • Marsbars09

          And the other vile things she had said about her castmates.

      • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

        Hi Stacy. Following along on Misstc’s point below. I was wondering if Claudia could bring some type of racial discrimination suit against Ne-Ne for the “half-breed” comment Ne-Ne made to her?

        • Stacy Slotnick

          This is a very good question. Technically, unless NeNe employed Claudia, the latter cannot successfully sue for race discrimination. I am only familiar with race discrimination lawsuits under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of protected characteristics such as race, color, and national origin.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Thanks Stacy. Maybe discrimination was the wrong word. Racially biased?
            (Drats I can’t think of the word I’m looking for. My brain is blizzard-fried, been a rough day & so far a very long week.)
            I guess what I’m asking is because Ne-Ne made that derogatory, racially based slur at Claudia by calling her a half-breed. (She did it in public. It’s on camera.) Is there any suit that Claudia can bring against Ne-Ne for that racially biased & motivated slur?

          • Stacy Slotnick

            I understand. I hope your week markedly improves.

            Unfortunately, people say harmful, hurtful, and extremely derogatory things to one another far too frequently, and they are legally actionable statements. However, using comments like that could create the appearance of someone who does commit defamation. Therefore, if Claudia keeps an accurate accounting of all the negative, defamatory things NeNe says, items that are racially insensitive and discriminatory could cast NeNe in a bad light.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Thanks for clearing that up for me Stacy. Appreciate it & the kind words. I too hope my week improves. (>‿◠)✌ LOL!
            Hope yours is going well.

          • Nancy Sue

            If they are both employees of the same business, and working during said altercations, would it be work related?

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Theoretically, if someone is being harassed at work on the basis of race, they could seek damages for workplace harassment, which connotes sexual misconduct or a hostile work environment. State and federal civil rights laws are designed to protect workers from discriminatory, disparate mistreatment.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Relatedly, harassment due to race, age, sex, religion, national origin, color, disability, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information is illegal. If you’re being subjected to comments or insults based on one of these categories, it’s possibly unlawful harassment.

          • twifan2

            NBC-Bravo not going to take ‘kindly’ to that ‘shenanigans’!
            They better get their legal dept working on getting them out of being held liable.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            It is a legal labyrinth indeed!

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Thanks Nancy, I was trying to get there but lost my train of thought. I got stuck on the words. Chalk it up to “Blizzard-brain”.

        • Marsbars09

          Great question t-Lilly!

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Thanks Marsie! ❤

  • misstc

    Nene must have no work lately as she is busy pursuing one C&D after another lately. I just read she sent a C&D to an operating T-shirt company that prints T-shirts w/ one that said Bye, Girl! saying it is HER exclusive right for that saying. Gimme a break!! Nene is just getting desperate; losing jobs because of her own doing & now blaming others for it?? She can dish it, but can’t take it.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      I think it is an interesting trajectory her career has taken. She pursued acting and a variety of other business endeavors. Has the tide turned against her?

      • misstc

        Yes, the tide has turned. With a classy & pretty woman like Claudia arriving/joining the cast, the comparison of the two is night & day, and the moose is threatened. I find Nene totally offensive and her ghetto mannerisms are no longer amusing.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Thank you for this analysis. It is no doubt very helpful to everyone. Context makes the world smarter. 🙂

        • Marsbars09

          And Moose has no one to blame but herself. People are tired of her filthy, uncouth, nasty mannerisms. I think she knows the end of her 15 minutes is coming.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            So true Marsie! Her hypocrisy alone is enough to turn people off & make them want to tune out. Nevermind her filthy, nasty mouth & bad attitude.

          • misstc

            Notice Moose is acting like she I bored with all these housewives and they are all beneath her? Yet she is making over a Million$$. I think Bravo will be replacing her-the tide has turned.

          • Marsbars09

            I hope this is Moose’s last season. She outgrew the show years ago.

    • Marsbars09

      I think that’s what’s happening. Her Hollywood career is going nowhere and her RHOA gig is not enough to cover her affluent lifestyle. Nene is probably scared sh*tless!

  • Coco

    Thanks for posting this. The only thing I think would set this off is Kenya’s blog from a couple of weeks ago. In it, she insinuated NeNe and Phaedra as being “beasts” and “pigs”. As for what she said on air… maybe it was the whole “moose” thing? Her talking-head interviews this season have not been all that bad, in my opinion.

    The problem is that this shit happens SO OFTEN on these shows that it makes it difficult to build a strong, supporting case. I agree that NeNe is going to have a hell of a time proving ACTUAL damages/injury. Did she recently get passed up on a job? Is she not able to book appearances? What is interesting is the fact that she claims she is doing just fine “reading scripts” and is too busy to be bothered by what’s going on (according to her recent blog on her website).

    • Coco

      I want to ask — is there a rule for proximate cause (relating to the injury)?

      • Stacy Slotnick

        Good question. Let me break it down this way: In order to sue for defamation, you’ll need to prove that the statement made against you was public, false, injurious and unprivileged. You need to prove that the statement in question caused you harm, i.e., damages. You must be able to show that the statement harmed you in some concrete way. Does that make sense?

        • Coco

          absolutely! Thanks!

    • Stacy Slotnick

      I had the same thought regarding NeNe’s career prospects when investigating this case and reading the C&D. I wonder why someone who had generated a nice stream of acting gigs would go there with Kenya and Claudia.

      Great theory, too, about what chain of events set this thing in motion. The end of my blog describes how I think, in the future, the network may be held legally responsible, i.e., they give a platform for defamatory statements to take off.

      • misstc

        Couldn’t it also be a way for the network to include a disclaimer that what is said in taping/blogs; all connected to network, e.g., Bravo, one cannot file cases?

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Yes! You are absolutely right. Whether that disclaimer is legally binding is for a court to decide but including language to that effect just to be on the safe side makes smart business sense.

          • RonnieIsBack

            You know Bravo has them sign a Waiver a country mile long…
            Moose has no standing…

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Definitely likely. The problem with waivers and disclaimers is that they are not ironclad nor always enforced by courts who can declare them to be over-broad or unduly burdensome to the contracting parties.

    • RonnieIsBack

      Kim Wigs started the Moose saying..she called Nene a Moose for years..when Nene, like a big Moose attacked the first time (chocking incident).

      • classycns

        Yes Kim Z called Nene a moose because she tried to strangle her in the Home Depot parking lot. It was a funny comment that took off. Long before Kenya and Claudia came on the show Nene was known as the Moose. Since Nene and Kim are “friends” again I guess Nene has to put the blame on someone else.

        #weakchicksstaylosing.

        • RonnieIsBack

          Yup. And remember when Sheree read her for FILTH about her teeth, her car being repossessed…she didn’t file a C & D, she ran to Cynthia and CRIED.
          #SheTriedIt

          • classycns

            Yes, and Nene got all them teeth done right after that Sheree read. Nene walking around in redbottoms bragging about how rich she is with all her back teeth missing.LOL. Who gets new boobs and lipo when they got bad teeth.

  • Nancy Sue

    Kenya and Claudia can’t just stop being “pretty”, oh, I mean Petty. I seen Nene on a fashion police thing last week, who cares what she has to say about fashion, oh wait, I forgot she’s a fashion designer now. Love it when Kenya calls her “Hene”, and when Claudia brings up ”
    the edges”, I learn things from Claudia, funny stuff.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      She was on Fashion Police? It is sitting petty, I mean pretty, on my DVR at home. If NeNe is booking decent gigs like FP and securing acting jobs, why do you think this letter was sent?

      • Nancy Sue

        Nene was reviewing the fashions from the Golden Globes, she had wavy, blonde shoulder length wig that looked awful, she was not her her usual boastful self, she seemed off to me, like out of her element. I think Nene is distancing herself from her old life that made her a success, maybe Nene is loosing jobs to the other ladies. You have to admit, they are much more camera friendly. All the resent exposure Kenya has had, over 6million viewers watching her on CA, Nene loosing those bragging rights with a quickness. That could be part of it, reminds me when Adrienne Maloof sent Brandy a letter to shut up, These gals are all brutal with the insults, and all competing for gigs!

        • Stacy Slotnick

          The Maloof/Glanville connection is spot on. Good work. I think there is truth to the idea that egos get the best of people sometimes. NeNe could feel threatened in a way that is not obvious to the rest of us (or maybe it is) and this is how she responds to that inner turmoil.

          • Nancy Sue

            Thank you Stacy!

          • misstc

            Not to mention how much money Nene blew through having a needless second wedding, a huge diamond, cars, designer clothes, etc. Now that jobs are drying up along with the coin, there is going to be more desperation on the horizon, IMO. Mo money, mo problems!

    • misstc

      I don’t remember Nene on FPolice. Unless I FF her and blocked her out of my memory. LOL

      • Nancy Sue

        It was one of the entertainment shows that did some fashion reviews from the Globes, her and 3 other fashionista’s, I caught it and was impressed to see Nene the fashion designer with the group, someone is trying to use that moose power to pull in some ratings, bet it didn’t work. I’ll try to figure out where she was and tell….

  • Tami

    I do not believe Nene has a case at all. She has said many, many vile things over the years. If I’m not mistaken she hit Kim Z. Stacy would it be feasible for Kenya and Claudia to file a declaratory judgment?

    • I agree with you. Seems like a case of pot calling the kettle black.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thanks for joining us Tami! A judge could very well, after analyzing the controversy, issue an opinion declaring the rights of each of the parties. Both federal and Georgia law provide for mechanisms by which litigants may seek
      declaratory relief from the courts. The Federal Declaratory Judgment Act states:

      In a case of actual controversy within its jurisdiction, . . . any court
      of the United States, upon the filing of an appropriate pleading,
      may declare the rights and other legal relations of any interested
      party seeking such declaration, whether or not further relief is or
      could be sought. Any such declaration shall have the force and
      effect of a final judgment or decree and shall be reviewable as
      such.

      • misstc

        What happens when one C&D is issued after another by both/all parties? Won’t the court tire of the pettiness? Just asking, as it seems this can go on forever.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          If there are numerous C&D letters sent and they become harassing, then indeed Kenya or Claudia could file an action against NeNe or they could file a complaint with police. They could obtain Harassment Restraining Orders (HRO).

  • Stacy, Because Nene has made NUMEROUS actionable statements, both verbally and in her blogs, she basically has no case here and sent the C&D to intimidate her cast mates? How do you think this will sit with Bravo execs?

    • Stacy Slotnick

      If she has committed the same actionable infractions she accuses Kenya and Claudia of, one would think Kenya and Claudia would either ignore the letter and/or file a defamation lawsuit. A C&D should not be used as a form of intimidation, but it often is. I think Bravo is carefully reviewing the contracts these players signed with them, in part because of legal implications for them. (Read the last few paragraphs of my blog above.)

  • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

    Thanks Stacy.Thanks AAtT.
    How on earth can Ne-Ne have the audacity to send C&D’s to anyone? She talks more smack about people than anyone on the show. Maybe on all of the franchises.

    Hmmmm. Three C&D’s in one week. Wow Ne-Ne. The T-shirt company, you claim stole your Tee-Shirt idea. Even though according to the records this company’s “Bye, Girl” T-shirts were already in existence.
    Kenya & now Claudia.
    What’s wrong? Someone finally came along & Nay-Nay’d your azz 10x’s better than you ever could?
    Girl you got read!
    Looks like the Queen is scared she just might be dethroned by the ‘new’ girl.
    http://www.allaboutthetea.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/giphy.gif
    Imho, this type of legal maneuvering shows how thirsty, desperate & truly ratchet you are.

    http://cdn.straightfromthea.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/nene_lowdownmonkeywithawig.gif

    • I wish I could like this comment 20x! Excellent comment, Tiger.

      • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

        Thanks Seussie! ❤ This is just posturing by the nasty Moose. She needed something to re-inflate that damaged ego after she got schooled by Claudia & she’s probably even more pissed off that it turns out people LOVED it!
        GO CLAUDIA! LMBO!
        The Moose should stop while she’s ahead. There are so many public statements made against both Kenya & Claudia that they could call her out on & I think could honestly be actionable unlike what Ne-Ne is claiming. Jmho.
        Like calling both women whores/prostitutes.
        I can’t recall anything they said that wasn’t grounded in truth.
        Guess when it comes to Nay-Nay, the truth hurts, huh?
        BLOOP!

        • Yup! At one point after Claudia read her, she seemed shellshocked and Kandi laughing throughout her read didn’t help her inflated ego none.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Oh Ne-Ne got bish slapped & she felt it. No doubt about it in my mind. As soon as she resorted to the name-calling, the $$$ & the “You wish you had what I have.” schtick she knew it & we all knew it! Bish just got read from cover-to-cover! LMFAO!
            B-O-O-M!

    • misstc

      IMHO, you can take the moose outta the ghetto, but can’t get the ghetto outta the moose. LMAO

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Is it a publicity stunt in your opinion?

      • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

        Gee Stacy, not sure. It could be. I wouldn’t put anything past Ne-Ne. I feel like her ego is beastly & needs to be fed constantly. LOL!
        I wondering if it has more to do with Ne-Ne trying to save face. She got taken down a few pegs by Claudia & she is looking for a way to shut both Claudia & Kenya down from stealing her limelight. Claudia is fast becoming a fave HW.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          That is an excellent point. C&D letters usually are followed-up with the filing of lawsuits but if she did it to save face, I doubt we will see a lawsuit against Kenya or Claudia in the near future for defamation. Moreover, the fact that the letter Kenya posted did not provide specifics is telling.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Thanks Stacy. & Ita. Most likely blustering & posturing on the part of Ne-Ne. Like you said below it’s not a ‘given’ that all C&D’s have specifics listed but I too found it quite strange that no specifics were given of these so-called incidents of slander & libel. (At least what I saw on the C&D Kenya posted.)

      • classycns

        I think that Nene’s acting gigs are drying up (because she can’t act) and is trying to blame Kenya and Claudia for it.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Indeed that is what her attorneys will try and argue if a defamation suit is filed. If you are the subject of a false and defamatory statement, it’s not always easy to establish an actual loss of business prospects. Her lawyers will have to demonstrate the defamatory statement impugns her ability to act and garner new business ventures, sponsorship opportunities, etc.

    • RonnieIsBack

      ExactaMundo!

    • Shelly Jones

      LOL @Tigerlily1:disqus that was funny. She was out NayNay’d. LMAO!

      • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

        Ha-ha! Thanks Shelly. Well she was. That was one heck of a smackdown Claudia gave her. I bet Ne-Ne didn’t think the little, pretty girl had any brains. Seems Moose was wrong. Not only is Claudia witty but she is dang quick with a comeback.

        • Shelly Jones

          LOL Your pictures are the best!

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            TY

          • Stacy Slotnick

            All of your images, comments, and videos are superb. AATT posters do their due diligence, that’s for sure. Also, what a fierce, fashion-forward, and beautiful headshot, Shelly.

          • Shelly Jones

            Aaaaww…Thanks and I was just chilling on the couch after work!

    • whose gonna do my hair!

      You , Nay Nay, are all those things you SAID on your Birkin bag!!!! You need dick-shun hunni!

  • DSS

    Great read! Thanks Stacy.
    My take is maybe some jobs much lower down the totem pole have been offer to Nene and none better or as good as past acting gigs. Trigger for the letter drying up jobs?
    The whole show with those all thise ATL ladies is just so bad. She might have a case against Bravo for letting some inmates (RHONJ) run the asylum for cough cough ratings cough cough.

    Whatever the case I only watch that show cause I think she is just funny-ghetto to watch. I want her to have no career but I still watch?

    I should drink more…

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thanks DSS for your comments! I think a lot of posters feel the same way. What do you think it is about NeNe that people find very polarizing?

      • DSS

        She was a tad bit polarizing that, in the same way as Teresa G, most words out of her mouth were lies. It is a bad thing on our society that a “normal nice guy with kids and grandkids” WANT TO SEE THESE 2 FALL DOWN!
        She says she is rich all the time. Am I the only one who does the math? Her RHOA contract is in the 1m range. 1 Million doesnt go as far as it used to! I get the cost of living is much lower there then some places. Maybe she got 10G from the Trump show for SAG? How much could she have made from Glee or The New Normal? 15G an episode? I have never seen either but going rates for a big cast get larger after the 5 year mark most times. So is she rich? HOW?
        So you ask what is polarizing? Waiting for her to get called out on it! It “started” with Claudia. She is a bully like a heel or bad guy in Pro Wrestling that you pay to see get beat and humiliated.

        Love all your writings here Stacy. Very helpful but I just spent time that I shouldnt have devoted to a person that doesnt even all her grandkids.

        Come on world, STEP UP!!!

        Peace

      • Tami

        Nene is so unforgiving and thinks she does no wrong. She is also not a humble person and suffers from a false sense of grandeur and elitism. I think this is what is alienating the cast and the fans.

  • Sunny

    This is silly. Cased closed 🙂

    • Yes! I agree, Nene should waste people’s time pulling these stunts.

    • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

      Watch out Sunny. You might be next on Mooses’ hit list for a C&D after making such defamatory comments! LMBO!

  • RonnieIsBack

    She is looking to blame someone for her 15 minutes drying up…
    1. SHE CANNOT ACT – FACT
    2. SHE CANNOT PROUNOUNCE WORDS CORRECTLY – FACT
    3. SHE IS NOT A CLASSIC BEAUTY – FACT
    4. SHE IS BIG – FACT
    5. SHE HAS A NASTY NASTY ATTITUDE WHICH unless you are Meryl Streep with 4 Oscars, Hollywood WILL NOT LET YOU GET AWAY WITH THAT CHIT! – FACT
    #OweItBish

    • misstc

      Many are saying Nene is difficult to work with – hence losing jobs. And now she wasted lots of money with second wedding, etc., I’m sure she is up at night wondering how she’ll continue this lavish lifestyle.

    • whose gonna do my hair!

      She’s a braway act resssss.

    • Chloe

      I could not have said it better, Ronnie.

    • classycns

      AMEN!!!

  • italiano bambino

    If Hollywood ain’t calling is not because of her cast mates comments is because of her own persona..

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Now there’s a dose of “reality.” Isn’t it interesting that the legal drama created by drafting letters and filing lawsuits is more complex and multi-dimensional than the drama occurring on-camera?

      • Tami

        Wasn’t it just last season that Nene said on the show that she is turning down million dollar offers? It was during the meeting with her agent Stephen and she was calling him short or little man. He was sending her scripts and she said she hadn’t looked at them. He also wanted her to take acting classes and she said she didn’t need to do that because directors were after her for her raw talent. Nene cannot act. Every role that she gets she is merely playing herself.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Thanks for the in-depth analysis and great details! Do you think the C&D letters are a strategy to stay relevant and based on the comments/ threads here, is that new strategy ineffective?

          • Do you think this is all an orchestrated rouse by Nene/Bravo to keep the viewers talking about the RHOA?

          • twifan2

            I think so.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            That is a very interesting hypothesis. I hope that is not the case because it means there was no legal basis for the C&D letter. I think the adage, “All press is good press,” rings true in reality TV. It elevates one’s status by keeping one relevant. What do you think?

          • twifan2

            But isn’t that wasting the court’s time with these ‘frivolous’ proceedings?

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Most of the time, those actions go nowhere but they are worth a shot. An attorney can be sanctioned for filing a frivolous lawsuit, but usually the behavior does not rise to the level in which a judge will sanction counsel. A motion for sanctions must be made separately from any other motion.

          • classycns

            YES.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Love your simple, straightforward response.

        • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

          Excellent point Tami. Wonder where all those huge million dollar offers went to?
          Hmmm. A real actress? LMBO!

        • That’s an astute observation, Tami. She will forever be typecasted as the loud mouth uncouth moose she is.

      • italiano bambino

        I really believe her comment to claudia been halfbreed REALLY affect her. For the little respect people had for her. After that comment those opportunities coming at her door. Proceed to move somewhere who really deserves it. Jmo.

        • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

          GMTA Bam. I said the same thing. That showed Ne-Ne’s true colors & how & what she really thinks. Nasty-azz Moose can’t un-ring that bell no matter how bad she tries to deflect & distract

          • italiano bambino

            I think the same all this is to deflect after her comment to claudia oh look there say bad stuff about me… #NotWORKING

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            So spot-on!
            (All the Ladies are still waiting on that speedo pic btw. (>‿◠)✌ lol! JK)

          • italiano bambino

            Summer time babe 🙂

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            You know I have the memory of an elephant right?
            Gonna hold you to that Bam. Looking forward to it!
            Could use some smiles & happy thoughts. ツ Hee-hee.

          • twifan2

            You don’t have a pic from last summer, Bam?
            I know you do! Share, please. 🙂

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Yes! Yes. Listen to Twi. I need a pick-me-up! It’s been a hellacious week.

          • italiano bambino

            Lol im on bulking mode no 6 pack trying to reach 215

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Oh Bam, you can’t improve on perfection Lovey!

          • italiano bambino

            Awe thanks babe

          • italiano bambino

            Lol

          • twifan2

            I want to do a side-by-side pic of you & Romain! 🙂
            DANG! It got warm in here now! 😉

          • italiano bambino

            God romain… feeling like a salad day

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            DYING! FOTFLMAO!

          • italiano bambino

            Lol crispy leafs and dressing

          • twifan2

            Olive oil for tang? 🙂

          • italiano bambino

            Anything to devour the salad

          • twifan2

            So it will go down nicely?
            How about some croutons with that salad, Bam?

          • italiano bambino

            Tossed those in

          • twifan2

            Toss salad? 😉
            With spicy dressing!

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            I did not go there.Thought about it but didn’t. For once I was good & didn’t hit that lazy fly ball pitched right down the line, outta the park! LOL!
            Thanks Twi.

          • twifan2

            I kept it PG.
            Addie sitting next to me. 😉

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Good girl. Good Mommy! Phew!

          • twifan2

            Oh what the heck!
            What kind of salad dressing you want,T? 🙂

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Thanks Twi. Thanks Bam. Thanks Stacy. Thanks ATtT Fambly.
            I soooooo needed to giggle & laugh today
            So happy I didn’t miss it.

          • twifan2

            Manga T!
            DANG! Wonder if Bam serves dinner like this guy? 🙂
            I’d clean the plate! 😉

            http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a282/deetrakt/EAT/eat-whats_for_dinnerpg.jpg

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Well HELLO!
            Le sigh!
            Le faint!
            Le thud!

          • twifan2

            I think I’m up for some Italian tonite!
            How about you,T? 🙂

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Italian it is!

          • Stacy Slotnick

            I agree! Thanks for joining the discussion, Tigerlily. Hope to see you again very soon!

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            WHOA BABY! That might be too hot to handle Twi!
            A two-fer of extreme hotness? Rawr! Rawr!
            *Tigerlily runs into the snow to cool off!*

          • twifan2

            You take the snow bank on the left. I’ll take the right snow bank! 🙂

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            It melted. Think I’m gonna need both banks! LOL!

          • twifan2

            CHATS!!! Move over! T & me need that snow mound! 😀

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Sorry Chats but dis be an mergencee!!!

          • italiano bambino

            Lol oh my

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Hee-hee! Couldn’t help myself Bam The thought of you & Romain, salad & olive oil just melted my, urrr, errr, ummm… heart.
            Yeah that’s it heart!
            My heart.

        • misstc

          Yep! Nene bit her own azz making that half breed comment.

    • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

      Preach Bam! Preach!

      • italiano bambino

        Moose can’t complain to others when she does the same.

        • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.
          • Marsbars09

            That caption scares the sh*t out of me!

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Oh sorry Honey! LMAO!
            MOOSE scares the chit outta me too!

          • Marsbars09

            LOL!

          • Case closed! Her veneers are as big as her ego. Case in point ^^^. Thanks for providing the evidence. LOL!!

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            LMBO! No denying that huh?

          • NONE!!!

          • misstc

            Pity the poor man getting a BJ from her – sorry, I HAD to go there. LMBO Downright scary!

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Ne-Ne should be a peen-gician. Cause she could make a peen disappear like…

          • cait

            At least he wouldn’t have to look at that Fugly Hood Rat Face !

    • KIMBERLY JOHNSON

      Your right! I never in my life seen anyone act so rude and crude as NENE LEAKES. She may be as rich as she likes to brag however money did nothing for her In the grace and humble department. NeNe Leakes screams to the world every day that she’s one rich bitch but she won’t loosen up her purse strings to pay the DETROIT’S BROKEN DOWN PUBLIC SCHOOLS THE 10,000 SHE SAID SHE WOULD GIVE THE KIDS TO BETTER THEIR FUTURE IF KENYA DID. NENE just so you know it’s not just your everyday average joe that watches your actions or hears the ugliness that comes out of your mouth on RHOA, Many directors,producers, and others in high places see it and pass the word around. The blame for all negative shit that comes your way is no ones fault but your own

      • classycns

        Correction. It’s $20,000.

  • italiano bambino

    Was funny when Nene said on her confession telling claudia to preceded with caution. Yet claudia when full speed against nene and moose couldn’t stop her. I watch that clip at times to get a good laugh

  • Chloe

    Great blog, Stacy. My question is, how will this action by Nene impact the show’s reunion? Will Kenya and Claudia not be allowed to be themselves and dish the same insults Nene loves to fling?

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thank you, Chloe! If a person is a defendant in a defamation lawsuit or potentially one, she may state on a reunion-type show that they are not at liberty to discuss certain events. Kenya and/or Claudia will likely say that their lawyers told them not to discuss certain matters. At that point, Bravo producers would encourage NeNe not to sue.

      • misstc

        What fun would the reunion be if every other word will be they can’t answer? I’m sure Bravo will not be happy!

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Seriously. It would be like the boredom-fest experienced during the RHONY reunion in which Ramona Singer refused to answer questions about her marriage and husband.

  • Yolie

    Nene can’t sue any of her costars, she has a clause in her contract preventing her from doing so. Claudia, however, does not have that clause in hers and has grounds to sue Nene based on defamation of character on the whore allegation. Nene better thread lightly before Claudia owns the rich bitch.

    • misstc

      Wouldn’t calling Claudia a half breed constitute racism to some degree? It’s near hate-crime? So who should walk lightly here Ne-Nasty?

      • Yolie

        The “half breed” comment was disgusting and hateful but not sure if it’s actionable. Stacy, can answer that one.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Hi! I examined this very issue further down in a different thread. Please let me know if you have trouble locating it.

          • misstc

            Which thread was it?

          • Stacy Slotnick

            I’ll find it and then repost.

          • misstc

            Thank you soo much!!

          • Stacy Slotnick

            OK, keep scrolling down to Tigerlily who posed the initial question. It isn’t too far down but the thread is pretty long. You can find my harassment/racial discrimination discussion there. Let me know if you don’t find it. 🙂

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Look for me way down thread M.❣

          • misstc

            Thanks T! I did and went a long way down & still couldn’t find it. Ugh! Don’t worry, I’ll manage somehow. LMBO

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Here ya go…

            I asked.
            Hi Stacy. Following along on Misstc’s point below. I was wondering if Claudia could bring some type of racial discrimination suit against Ne-Ne for the “half-breed” comment Ne-Ne made to her?

            Stacy’s response…
            Stacy Slotnick ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸. • 3 hours ago
            This is a very good question. Technically, unless NeNe employed Claudia, the latter cannot successfully sue for race discrimination. I am only familiar with race discrimination lawsuits under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of protected characteristics such as race, color, and national origin.

            Nancy Sue Stacy Slotnick • 2 hours ago
            If they are both employees of the same business, and working during said altercations, would it be work related?

            ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸. Nancy Sue • 2 hours ago
            Thanks Nancy, I was trying to get there but lost my train of thought. I got stuck on the words. Chalk it up to “Blizzard-brain”.

            Stacy Slotnick Nancy Sue • 2 hours ago
            Relatedly, harassment due to race, age, sex, religion, national origin, color, disability, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information is illegal. If you’re being subjected to comments or insults based on one of these categories, it’s possibly unlawful harassment.

            twifan2 Stacy Slotnick • 2 hours ago
            NBC-Bravo not going to take ‘kindly’ to that ‘shenanigans’!
            They better get their legal dept working on getting them out of being held liable.

            Stacy Slotnick twifan2 • 2 hours ago
            It is a legal labyrinth indeed!

            Stacy Slotnick Nancy Sue • 2 hours ago
            Theoretically, if someone is being harassed at work on the basis of race, they could seek damages for workplace harassment, which connotes sexual misconduct or a hostile work environment. State and federal civil rights laws are designed to protect workers from discriminatory, disparate mistreatment.

            ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸. Stacy Slotnick • 2 hours ago
            Thanks Stacy. Maybe discrimination was the wrong word. Racially biased?
            (Drats I can’t think of the word I’m looking for. My brain is blizzard-fried, been a rough day & so far a very long week.)
            I guess what I’m asking is because Ne-Ne made that derogatory, racially based slur at Claudia by calling her a half-breed. (She did it in public. It’s on camera.) Is there any suit that Claudia can bring against Ne-Ne for that racially biased & motivated slur?

            Stacy Slotnick ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸. • 2 hours ago
            I understand. I hope your week markedly improves.

            Unfortunately, people say harmful, hurtful, and extremely derogatory things to one another far too frequently, and they are legally actionable statements. However, using comments like that could create the appearance of someone who does commit defamation. Therefore, if Claudia keeps an accurate accounting of all the negative, defamatory things NeNe says, items that are racially insensitive and discriminatory could cast NeNe in a bad light.

          • twifan2

            Thank you! 🙂

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            De nada my little muffin!

          • Stacy Slotnick

            You are a tech whiz! Thanks for reproducing the thread above, Tigerlily!

          • misstc

            Thanks to you both for the repost! Tops on my list of angels! THANKS!

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            YW M. No problem. Happy to help out a fambly member!

          • Stacy Slotnick

            You are more than welcome. Glad you found the thread helpful. 🙂 Hope you have an excellent evening.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Is tech whiz a euphemism for OCD with a touch of anal retentiveness? LMBO! JK.

          • Yolie

            Thank you for reposting.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Thanks for being patient. Tigerlily is amazing.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Awww thanks Stacy. Part of my job is finding stuff quickly. My boss says I’m a walking, talking, breathing memory bank with the best PI skills. LOL!

          • twifan2

            Repost it T, please.
            I can’t get pass the ‘salad’. 😉

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Reposted it below to Misstc Twi.

          • Yolie

            Thanks Stacy. Searching now.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Yolie I just reposted that part of the thread to Misstc below.
            Starts off with “Here ya go…”

        • KIMBERLY JOHNSON

          Great comment and questions I could not of said it better .

          • Yolie

            Thank you.

        • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

          I asked that too Yolie. Stacy responded down thread.

          • Yolie

            Your pics are the best. Thank you for thinking of me. You are always very kind and make me feel welcome here.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            No problem Yolie. Thank you for such kind words. ღ
            You’ve been officially adopted so you’re one of the fambly now. ✿ ツ ♥

      • Veronica

        Lol @ Ne-Nasty. That’s one of my new names for her.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Please elaborate on “NeNe can’t sue any of her costars” as per her contract. I’d love to see that agreement, and more important, I’d love to see a judge determine whether that type of clause is unconscionable and therefore unenforceable.

      • Yolie

        The original cast signed iron-clad contracts that stipulates they can’t sue cast mates. They’ve tweeted as much in the past.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Thank you for the information, Yolie. From a purely legal standpoint, contracts are rarely ironclad. There are ALWAYS ways to void contracts. Some courts have found covenants-not-to-sue interfere with employees’ right to file discrimination charges and therefore are unlawful. These contracts have also been invalidated because they are against public policy. The Bravo contracts may be entirely valid and upheld in a court of law. But I caution anyone who is considering signing an agreement that it may not be enforceable.

  • RealitytvJunkie

    Nene is such a hypocrite. She can’t take truth about herself because the truth hurts. She and the other petty chicks have called Kenya, Cynthia and Claudia every name they can think of but they move on because they know its not a true reflection of them. Those standing by can see for ourselves that Nene is bipolar, with big veneers, and bad wigs. Go away Nene.

  • Wendy Owen

    Stacey, just wondering if the bar is really determined by the possible damage to future earnings, as in Claudia’s tweet saying NeNe “acts bipolar” which could result in a producer not hiring NeNe, fearing she may be unstable? But, opinions about an actor’s looks or sexual behavior would not necessarily have the same result?

    • Stacy Slotnick

      The opinion defense has immunized a wide range of expression, and serves as a nearly impenetrable tool in defeating defamation claims. Generally, an opinion is not actionable under defamation law. Courts look at whether a reasonable reader or listener could understand the statement as asserting a statement of verifiable fact.

      • TGIP>>Now That’s Mister Darcy

        I’m saying this with tongue in cheek.
        Would the “reasonable” reader then have to have an ability to read that is beyond a 12 year old kid’s educational understanding?

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Touché. Many posters feel as though the impetus behind the C&D letter had much more to do with publicity and saving face than any legal justification to support it.

          • TGIP>>Now That’s Mister Darcy

            Yesserie BoB….
            She’s a gas bag!

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Piecing together the meaning of what was said that NeNe found false and defamatory — for a jury — is a whole other story, as you very astutely indicated.

      • Kat

        “Courts look at whether a reasonable reader or listener could understand the statement as asserting a statement of verifiable fact.” – and that’s why Phaedra will never win her lawsuit against Angela Stanton!!

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Love your use of quotations! So you believe the lawsuit Phaedra filed against Angela Stanton as a result of the latter publishing Lies of a Real Housewife, which accused Parks of running a “criminal enterprise” similar to the one that landed her husband in jail for the next eight years, includes statements that cannot be verified? Conversely, do you think Angela’s book is accurate and truthful about events?

    • cait

      You only have to watch the episodes when Kandi and Dim K were on the tour bus, heading for Miami, I think ? Pee Wee totally lost the plot and looked /sounded like she was “ON” some kind of medication/drug/drink ! She screamed at Dim for being racist !

      • RonnieIsBack

        And let’s not forget Pajama Gate….

        • cait

          Was that where Moosey Noodle Head booked a room, started mayhem, then stood back, acting surprised that the OTHERS were scrapping, then somehow Kandi got most of the blame !

    • RonnieIsBack

      kenya can say the same thing…Nene and Phaedra didn’t even say she acted crazy, they said she was bi-polar…it is all crap.

    • nn

      Very few things are actual causes to be denied work in the entertainment industry. Robert Downey, Jr., Charlie Sheen, Brittney Spears and so many more are evidence of that. If Hollywood wants you, Hollywood will find a way to have you, warts and all. Nene needs to hush.

  • Veronica

    The first requirement for a defamation claim is that the statements are false. Every single thing they have said about Nene is true and easily researched in public records. We could also hear Nene herself talk about her past and getting veneers. I’m glad to know that the First Amendment protects my opinion of people as well as theirs of myself. Nene more than exercises her right to freedom of speech every episode against someone else. Hell this is wat they are paid to do. Soo o if she doesn’t like someone giving her a taste of her own medicine she should find another job..loops I guess not. Hollywood ain’t looking for you isn’t that what you told Claudia Nene? Well no one is looking for you either that’s why you need to do this for publicity. Your new best friend Phaedra should’ve told you that threateningt act against people that are speaking your truth only puts you in the spotlight so everyone will know all of your dirty laundry I.e. Angela Stanton. You can intimidate people that are twllih the truth about you. Claudia and Kenya would have more of a claim against you for you actual defamatory comments that can not be substantiated or proven. For 2 years you defamed Kenya and no letter was sent out to you, Phaedra, Apollo and the others. No apology was given when the truth was revealed either except by Kandi, Cynthia and Peter. I bet if a C&D was given to all of you there would have been a problem. Such a hypocrite. Time for Nene to exit stage left. She can’t give a read and damn sure can take them.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thank you so much Veronica for your thorough analysis of NeNe’s claims. What is your suspicion as to why she sent Kenya and Claudia these C&D letters?

      • ldeimler

        i think nene did this so she wont have to answer questions at the reunion .kenya and claudia might be advised to do the same. its gonna be a boring reunion.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          We might very well hear the following statement repeated frequently during the RHOA reunion: “My lawyer has advised me not to talk about it.” Now, if Andy could just get the legal talking heads on the program we would be in business. I bet they would provide scintillating commentary. 🙂

          • RonnieIsBack

            Andy pants is going to blow a gastket if they pull that chit. You see he didn’t let Teresa off the hook.

          • cait

            But the reunion on Ser 2, Dim refused to answer most questions put by Andy if they made her look bad ! “You kissed that stranger in the street” “No I didn’t !” Flash to video of “said kiss” and SHE STILL denied it ! Then she refused to talk anymore !
            WAAAYYYHHAAYY ! We now got Ser 6 !

          • Stacy Slotnick

            It is an interesting dichotomy. Andy did not let Teresa escape inquiry during the RHONJ reunion show but he allowed Ramona Singer to zip her lips regarding her divorce and marriage. I wonder what fact necessitated the two women to be treated differently. You can make the argument Teresa had much more to lose answering questions.

          • RonnieIsBack

            Absolutey and it just goes to show you what a real bitch Andy really is. He protects those he likes, but when he is done with you, or if you piss him off, you get the bad edit, etc. #VeryMessy

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Did you happen to read either of his books? I read Most Talkative but not The Andy Cohen Diaries. You can tell a lot by what someone opts to include (and not include) in a memoir.

          • RonnieIsBack

            I haven’t have the opportunity. Are they good reads? I will pick them up to read them. I can only imagine.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Exactly. I found Most Talkative very entertaining, and Andy delves into different RH personalities in a way that is extremely revealing. I have not read The Andy Cohen Diaries yet but let me know what you think about both once you have read them. Understandably, because Andy moderates the reunion shows, we are all curious why certain questions get asked and what is the impetus behind the response from the housewives. It is all a fascinating examination of our culture and media.

      • TGIP>>Now That’s Mister Darcy

        I’ll go a different way than Ideimler chose to go.
        This, to me, seems like a peremptory tactic that is attempting to have Nene establish some degree of personal ego building for Nene, who clearly is very narcissistic and egotistical. I think that Nene is losing her grip on what she feels her “power” is on the show.
        Kenya and especially Claudia have challenged Nene with affronts that aren’t garnering Nene any real positive attention. At those times, Nene has returned fire with personal attacking commentary incorporating retaliatory verbiage that highlights both personality and physical opinions that were beyond rude. Nene employed classic bullying tactics that are likely her normal way of addressing anyone who challenges her. And it’s not attractive, by any means.
        Nene is losing her fans and at the same time alienating those that were possibly on the fence about what they felt about her.
        Kenya Moore indicated that she’s already received one of these C&D letters before from Nene, and she was pretty “so what” about it.
        Nene is a class A+ jerk. And her friend, Phaedra, seems to be walking in lock-step with Nene. In my opinion they are both just so much wasted breath at this point. And this is just a ridiculous move with no real viability (no teeth) from someone who reflects those same descriptors in terms of her own actual image.

        • Wrenniethepooh

          I second this opinion. Exactly my sentiments.

          • TGIP>>Now That’s Mister Darcy

            Kool.
            It’s always nice when some one agrees with some of the stuff I say and that I actually mean!
            Thank you for your reply and support.

          • cait

            I think reading the Tree-lovers posts and their serious lack of grammar, it’s a pleasure to read intelligent, thought-out contributions !

          • TGIP>>Now That’s Mister Darcy

            Ditto for your comments too! Plus, I love your humor and your lyrics were dynamite!

          • cait

            Ta Sweetie ! We need to get Kandi to produce us ?

          • TGIP>>Now That’s Mister Darcy

            Yeah…Noh….

          • Wrenniethepooh

            Absolutely!!

        • cait

          Love your great use of language, and passion about the nastiness of these people !

          • TGIP>>Now That’s Mister Darcy

            You’re such a Peach. Thanks!

  • Coco

    some of these photos are just too funny! saw this on fb.

    • TGIP>>Now That’s Mister Darcy

      I think Dick Van Dyke looks much more feminine than the Neenster looks!

  • cait

    Just watched an episode from Ser 2 ! WOW ! Knee-Knee says of Dim Z “She’s just a low-down monkey with a wig on” Hmmm ! Told you all, earlier, that Moose was trying to morph into Dimbo Z, and now she’s arrived !

    • TGIP>>Now That’s Mister Darcy

      Maybe Tiger or Twifan2 could do a vignette that is a video list of a bucket load of the ever Jerkafied Nene, spewing all of her B*tch-Outs to anybody she doesn’t like at the “moment”.

      You know, how Herky Jerky Nene verbally accosts along with gestures to jump any other woman OR man’s case because they weren’t kissing her massive rear for a few minutes.

      As if her Cease and Desist letters actually mean anything more than to be rolled up real tight and used as extenders for the matches you use to light your fireplace. Nene better watch out, if that match gets too near her face, she might just go up like a Roman Candle.

      • cait

        They need to be rolled up and shoved up her extensive ass ! Not heard how my lovely Chats is in a while !

        • TGIP>>Now That’s Mister Darcy

          Twi said that she has a new male kitten who keeps tagging Fred the Rooster. And Fred is not so happy about it.
          But she said the Chats was not engaging in paw-slapping the little rascal around. So maybe, Chats is a little piss off that the new little runt is stealing his thunder.
          Fur and feathers might be mucking up the air, sooner or later.

      • Stacy Slotnick

        No doubt specific allegations of false and defamatory statements were not contained in the C&D letter. Will they have less effect on Kenya and Claudia because of that fact? Do you think NeNe has any intent of suing Kenya or Claudia for defamation?

        • TGIP>>Now That’s Mister Darcy

          Nope.
          I think she’s blustering out of her rear section.

    • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.
  • cait

    Also watched Non-Mama Joyce making up to A.J. saying he’s OK ! A.J. died soon after ! That woman is scary !

    • TGIP>>Now That’s Mister Darcy

      ITA with YOU on Mammy Joyce.
      She’s a real piece of work.

  • cait

    Moose also called Dim a Heifer ! She is so insecure as a big hood-rat ! Neigh-Neigh is a big girl and jealous of her “cutie” cast-mates !

    • TGIP>>Now That’s Mister Darcy

      Well now…ain’t that the pot calling the kettle black!

      • cait

        But Dim is a slim, pretty woman, so Moose a jealous broad ! Why are women called Broads ?

        • TGIP>>Now That’s Mister Darcy

          Maybe the guy was looking at a flat chested girl and he was dyslexic so instead of saying board he moved the “r” and it came out as “broad”.

          Noh…?~?

          Uh…I had to give it a try….

  • TGIP>>Now That’s Mister Darcy

    This is Off Topic – O.T.
    It seems that every time that I look at a pic of Claudia Jordan, she’s exposing her middle chest upper deck regions.
    I wonder if she ever gets a “chest cold”.
    Arn Arn Arn.
    Doesn’t work?!?
    So I gave it a shot, ay….
    Oh well……….sheesh.

    • cait

      Jeez, if I had her attributes, they would be all over the internet If you gottit,, flaunt it ! and I’m 105yrs old !

      • TGIP>>Now That’s Mister Darcy

        Oh YOU Kid!

  • Lucy94

    Well, well, well. Miss rich beyotch has coin to piss away paying someone to write this crap up. What a joke! As previously stated everything that was said about the moose is true! Right down to her ramen noodle wig! As far as hurting her reputation/brand? I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Tell us how you really feel, Lucy94. 🙂 Thanks very much for the comments. If statements NeNe claims are defamatory and false turn out to be true or substantially true, she will not have a viable claim for defamation. The statement does not need to be entirely and literally true in order for this defense to be effective. If the defendant states some facts that are false, if the “gist” of the communication is substantially true, then the defendant can rely on the defense of truth.

      • Lucy94

        This is just so, so silly to me. What does she think she is going to achieve? Kenya and Claudia neither one have any money. Of ALL the HW’s to do this, after all the crap that’s come out of her mouth since day 1? The things she said to Kim were beyond vulgar, but she kept right on saying them. No one went to the lawyer. And she has to know this is not going to intimidate either Kenya or Claudia. Upon receipt they probably burst out laughing, poured a glass of wine, and later will use effing letter as toilet paper! Oh, anyone one to bet me she doesn’t pay the legal bill?

        • Stacy Slotnick

          I completely understand. Who was it that said, “Friends don’t sue friends?” Perhaps NeNe just wants them to print a retraction? Maybe for NeNe it isn’t about the money but clearing her name. The thing is, she has to prove that the statements were false, defamatory, and not subject to a defense like opinion or truth.

          AATT’s exclusive with Claudia http://allaboutthetea.com/2015/01/28/claudia-jordan-issued-a-cease-desist-from-nene-leakes/ definitely confirms your suspicions that she and Kenya probably didn’t think twice about the C&D letters. I alluded to the fact in my article that because Kenya posted the letter on Instagram, she probably did not find it altogether meaningful or impactful on her own life.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            The “Friends don’t sue friends,” quote is from RHoBH. Adrienne said it to her husband Paul in response to the nasty email that Russell Armstrong sent Camille Grammer after she repeated the story Taylor told her about Russell breaking her eye socket. Taylor & Russell were then shunned from Kyle’s ‘White-Party’ at the time.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Excellent memory. That line launched a thousand (I’m using hyperbole here) RH lawsuits, didn’t it? The year after Adrienne said it, she sent a letter to Brandi which culminated in another White Party legal discussion. Wow. I think they call that coming full circle. 🙂 Hope you have an excellent Friday.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Thanks Stacy. Happy Friday. Enjoy your weekend.

    • cait

      Her Twitter Site is appalling ! Goes like this 1. I’m amazing ! 2. I’m rich 3. I’m the best designer in the world 4. People need me cos I can get them in the news !……………Blaah, blaah, blaah !

      • Kat

        she forgot to add that 5. she’s a convicted felon 6. she was a stripper 7. shes a homewrecker and former mistress…

        • ogjack

          8 shes “very college edumcated”.

  • Kat

    here’s my take….nay nay seems to think Kenya and Claudia and Cynthia have no storyline without her…when the truth is she has no storyline without them. This order clearly demonstrates how bothered she is….It seems to me most of the scenes she does on her own are always with Gregg, like Phaedra’s is with her mom. Instead spending money to keep these ladies mouths shut, she should be focusing on the rehabilitation of her son. I wouldnt even care about a damn reality show while my child’s out there struggling with his problems

    • cait

      Just watched one (Ser 6) where Moosey Noodle Head threw a temper tantrum and a bottle of water at Marlo cos she saw her talking to Kenya ! She wouldn’t even recognise how ghetto/hood she looked, especially with her little puppy “Begg” dancing round, telling her how wonderful she is !

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Hi Kat. Thanks for the great comments. I think what you are describing above is perhaps the real rationale for the C&D letters. Maybe these letters have nothing to do with legal matters but rather they are a response to how she is feeling about her role in the show. When people feel threatened, sometimes they go on the offensive. Do you think this move further drives a wedge between NeNe and the show’s core audience?

      • Lucy94

        Stacy, I have a question. I know the C&D letters aren’t law suits, but isn’t there something in their Bravo contracts that they can’t take legal action against each other? The thing that burns me is this beast put her hands on Kim. Don’t get me wrong, I see Kim for what she is, but when Nay Nay got physical with her she should at the very least been fired. There have been rumors that Bravo is done with miss high and mighty, so maybe she isn’t under contract any longer? Tamra and Adrienne both sent C&D’s to their cast mates. And if that gutter trash Brandi (don’t even get me started on her) is to be believed, it cost her $10,000. In the end, DOA.
        Also, OT and I know it’s old, but do you know if Bravo paid off those two security guys from Chicago that the goons from NJ beat to a pulp? THAT would have been a law suit.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Hi Lucy. Many posters have alluded to the fact that Bravolebrities sign covenants-not-to-sue, disclaimers, clauses, etc. when they sign up to do the show saying they do not hold Bravo legally responsible and/or the cast member will not sue fellow cast members. However, those agreements may or may not be enforceable due to a variety of issues a court will have to review, i.e., these clauses could be deemed against public policy, over-broad, and unconscionable. Courts have stated that a covenant-not-to-sue does not automatically render an action moot.

          Tell me more about Chicago and the goons from NJ.

          • Lucy94

            Back in February, 2011. Teresa being Teresa. Never heard anything more. Very hushed up.
            “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” trainwreck (Teresa) and hubby Joe were sued for allegedly beating up a Chicago-area police officer and his cousin—and spraying champagne in the face of the cop’s mother-in-law!—while “Housewives” was shooting at the Hard Rock Hotel &Casino bar in the Dominican Republic back in February.
            Actually, the brawl was really a group effort, according to separate complaints filed in New York and Miami.
            Adolfo Arreola, a cop with the University of Illinois at Chicago’s police department, claims that his family was partying at the Hard Rock when the reliably mischevious Giudice sprayed his mother-in-law with champagne, then mocked her as she tried to wipe the alcohol from her eyes.
            The suit, filed Monday, states that Arreola confronted Giudice, after which Joe, along with fellow “Housewives” regulars Albert and Christopher Manzo (Caroline’s sons), came to Teresa’s side and then ended up flying off the handle.
            The Manzo brothers and their roommate, Gregory Bennett Jr., are all named as defendants, as is Bravo.
            Arreola complains that he suffered a broken arm, blurred vision, cuts and bruises after the defendants “savagely beat, kicked, punched, scratched, jumped” on him. He has undergone surgery for his arm and is currently undergoing physical therapy, the suit states.
            His cousin, Jason Gomez, also sued, claiming he suffered a broken leg and a torn MCL after he jumped in to help Arreola. Gomez says that he also underwent surgery and had two pins placed in his knee.
            Both suits claim that the “Housewives” cast and crew were served too much liquor that night, making them “intoxicated, belligerent and rowdy.”
            Arreola told the Chicago Tribune that they had been in Punta Cana to attend a vow-renewal ceremony for an aunt and uncle and the celebration ended up being canceled after the brawl.
            Their attorneys are requesting that Bravo hang onto any video taken of the incident. A network spokeswoman declined to comment on the lawsuits.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Wow, thanks Lucy. I totally forgot about that huge fracas in the DR.
            Wonder what ever became of it? Thanks to you I now remember reading about it in the papers but I can’t recall ever hearing anything more being said about it. Wonder if Bravo settled to keep it hush-hush?

          • Stacy Slotnick

            I agree with you, Tigerlily. You can peruse my comments above but in a nutshell, I think that because the trail goes cold after 2011 regarding newsworthy items about the case, a confidential settlement was probably negotiated between the parties, including the individuals themselves as well as the networks.

            When you take a case to trial, the court documents become a public record. Confidentiality clauses in settlement agreements are the rule these days however it is critical for lawyers to draft agreements that are not overbroad. An acceptable, enforceable confidentiality clause would prevent the parties and their attorneys from disclosing the specific amounts and other terms of the settlement agreement.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Oh my goodness, Lucy. Thank you for this fine, detailed report. You are amazing. Now I remember this story. A prosecutor would say to a jury there is a pattern of negligent, criminal behavior displayed by these two. They have no impulse-control. Check out the complaint here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/real-housewives-lawsuit-fallout-bravo-201281 Based on a quick Google search, there are few, if any, articles written about the case beyond 2011. Therefore, putting two and two together, I believe that a settlement may have been reached and it was confidential. Thus, we may not know the specifics of how it was resolved.

          • whose gonna do my hair!

            Isn’t that giving NBC/Bravo ,and it’s other companies, an unfair advantage?

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Good Morning! What do you mean by unfair advantage? Please feel free to elaborate as I’m looking forward to hearing your perspective.

          • whose gonna do my hair!

            Hi and thank you, Stacy. Well, the company is the big guy who has an advantage over a little guy. It’s like a no win situation and you cannot sue, but arbitration is your only option and the little guy usually loses or settles for peanuts.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            The scenario you described above most definitely is one way in which the situation could play out, but remember, not all judges/arbitrators enforce every clause in a contract, especially where there is great disparity in the bargaining power of the parties. I tend to find arbitration to be fair and equitable, at least in the entertainment industry disputes I arbitrate. Read here for more on that front: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stacy-slotnick/blue-laws-a-black-mark-on_b_6177868.html I do appreciate your perspective and hope you have an excellent Sunday.

        • Bad Barbie

          They can’t take legal action against Bravo, not each other.

      • Kat

        I don’t know if its meant to drive a wedge, but sometimes I wonder now that Andy’s role has diminished, if the producers have been letting her know how sick and tired they are of her, rubbing it in more with the additio of new cast mates. In my opinion, whether they are more pretty or not, Nene would not have been happy with anyone new coming to the show. she no longer blogs on the bravo site. she does it on her own site so that she can freely trash talk some of the women. I honestly think sh’s 1.5 feet out of the RHOA door, and not on her own terms

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Thanks Kat! It brightens my day to receive comments like yours. Thank you very much for taking the time as well to post your thoughtful remarks.

          I think there is much truth to your statement above. The dynamics change when production shifts gears. I see it all the time with network and cable television production. Perhaps the roadmap crafted by Vicki Gunvalson could be used by other veteran Bravo talent. Vicki no doubt is surrounded by younger women but she hasn’t really made that (jealousy, youth) a storyline on RHOC. She may be involved in other drama, but it isn’t necessarily of the NeNe Leakes variety.

  • italiano bambino

    The RAMEN NOODLE CUP wig is #REAL 😛

  • Carmen Mitchell

    Nene an ass.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      That is a very interesting (and possible) course of action NeNe could try and take. Imagine that. Traditionally restraining orders are used to give legal protection to victims of domestic abuse, harassment, stalking and neighborhood disputes. Judges tailor restraining orders depending on what’s needed in a given case. However, the terms and conditions must be reasonable AND must be absolutely necessary for the person seeking protection.

  • beckywebb

    I think the most interesting thing Nene said at that table was she was a puppet master “on these jobs” and I wondered if she was threatening Claudia down low? She apparently has power at the network, or why would Porsha be on?

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Great point! Perhaps she is trying to stake her claim in the franchise and make sure everyone understands how seniority works. Do you think that strategy is effective? Are the C&D letters merely an extension of that strategy or is there legitimate justification in sending Kenya and Claudia these letters?

  • Bad Barbie

    And what was said about Nene that was slander or that she doesn’t go around saying about other people? Nene has tons to hide.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thanks for your thoughts, Bad Barbie. Many posters here echo the same sentiments.

  • RoundAbout

    Please pardon my late arrival to the convo, but while I read almost all the RH blogs, I seldom comment on any. This story of Nene’s C&D notification letters to Kenya and Claudia caught my eye for some reason and left me wondering why Nene took this particular action at this particular time.

    One of the bigger stories just before this broke was that Joanna Krupa had sent Brandi Glanville a letter indicating that Brandi will possibly be served with a suit concerning her allegations of Joanna’s supposed odor problem, etc. Joanna’s attorney did cite lost employment as a factor for damages if the suit is filed. Considering that Joanna is a model of swimsuits and lingerie, it’s not a stretch to imagine that she could have lost some bookings due to the notion that Brandi’s words may have had some impact on the public.

    Joanna is one of the HW’s who isn’t a fan favorite. It seems as if she’s either loved or hated, with little middle ground. However, even those who have never liked Joanna were openly posting on the blogs that they hoped she was successful in her case against Brandi.

    Is it perhaps possible that Nene, seeing the fans who had hated Joanna start to turn towards Joanna in support, decided that perhaps a similar threat from her might return her fanbase? I’m thinking Nene stole a legal maneuver, never realizing it didn’t quite fit her situation…

    • Stacy Slotnick

      RoundAbout, you must have ESP because today at 3pm ET you will see a new legal blog about this very topic here on AATT, followed by a Q&A discussion regarding the complaint filed by Joanna Krupa against Brandi Glanville in Miami-Dade County.

      I appreciate immensely your comments here. What a compliment that you have chosen this blog to comment on. I think you provide an excellent working theory of why NeNe may have sent C&D letters. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and it is possible NeNe is doing just that with the template Joanna created concerning slander and libel. But we are not a one-size-fits-all society in which every legal template will work for each potential plaintiff, as you so thoughtfully pointed out.

      Again, thank you for commenting on this blog and topic. Please do join us today at 3pm on AATT. If you are late to the discussion, we always welcome you to post your comments anytime. 🙂

      • RoundAbout

        You may regret the warm welcome, but thank you! I’m often the devil’s advocate and truly see both sides of most arguments….also I sometimes ask “WHY?” and when I get a response, I’ll ask “WHY NOT?” just to make certain I’ve got a handle on both sides of the coin.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          I think that is an excellent philosophy in law and in life. Nicely stated. Thanks for providing wonderful comments on the Krupa v. Glanville thread today.

          • RoundAbout

            I thoroughly enjoyed it. And…evil one that I am…I started Googling slander, defamation and libel laws for Florida. It seems they still have a few archaic laws on the books that were inspired by Thou shalt not commit false witness. Now I get why the case was filed in FL, instead of CA. I think this is going to be a very interesting case if it goes beyond mediation.