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Real Housewives of NJ's Danielle Staub talks about crime-filled former life



If you, like The Juice*, sit slack-jawed at the inane nattering of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, sit back and be regaled. Danielle Staub talked to People magazine about her past, which was detailed when her costars found a 1996 book called Cop Without a Badge, which indirectly chronicled her life.

Tbd-daniellestaub061509 “I was arrested — what is the big deal?” she said of the revelation of being arrested in June 1986 for being an accessory in a kidnap and ransom plot. “I haven’t gotten as much as a traffic ticket in all these years.”

The book by Charles Kipps is about undercover informant Kevin Maher, who was married to Staub in the '80s, when she was known as Beverly Merrill. Because everyone has aliases, right? Staub denies that she was involved in the Miami drug scene, but copped to working for an escort service. Maher says she was a hooker.

“I was never a prostitute. Never,” Staub told People. Maher's “recollection of me is completely absurd.”

But what about the allegation she's had sex with 1,000 men? “I do enjoy a healthy sex life, but with one partner (at a time).” And all that coke she supposedly did? “I was a pothead. Period,” Staub said.

Of course, Staub has reason to hate Maher. After a history of sexual abuse in her youth, her ex-husband "brutalized and terrorized" her. Maher has admitted to hitting her, although not to that degree.

And the most important stuff? She said she hasn't had any plastic surgery. Well, except for some Botox. And that lip-plumping she did on the show. And a boob job. Twice.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:40am]


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