Ashley Darby Of The “Real Housewives Of Potomac” Supports Husband Amid Sexual Assault Allegations
Ashley Darby of the “Real Housewives of Potomac” is standing by her husband Michael after he was accused of sexually assaulting a cameraman while filming an episode on September 1.
On Sunday Ashley, 30, shared a photo of her husband on Instastories with the caption, “No charges filed. No arrests made. No Bravo suspension,” she wrote. “No worries. We’ll keep you posted.”
The reality star posted the photo one day after Bravo and the show’s production company, Truly Original, announced the 72-year-old restaurateur and real estate mogul was suspended from filming for the upcoming season.
According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE Michael Darby, 72, has been charged with felony assault and misdemeanor improper sexual conduct after a male cameraman said he was grabbed and gropped by Darby.
TMZ initially broke the story, reporting that after the groping encounter, the cameraman noticed Michael gave a “flirtatious look,” which prompted him to tell Michael to stop. He then later reported the incident to a supervisor.
PEOPLE reached out to reps for Bravo who said they stand by their statement even after Darby’s conflicting post said otherwise. Reps for Darby could not be reached at the time of publication, according to the outlet.
“We take all allegations seriously and then proceed accordingly with our producing partners,” a statement from Bravo reads. “Bravo and Truly Original, the production company for The Real Housewives of Potomac, have suspended filming with Michael Darby.”
“Truly Original’s number one priority is the safety of our employees, contractors, vendors and others that work with us,” a statement from Truly Original said. “We take all allegations of sexual and other misconduct seriously, and have stringent policies, as well as training, in place to deal with all employee issues.”
The incident marks a second occurrence where Michael Darby has been accused of improperly touching someone without their permission. In season 1, castmate Gizelle Bryant said she observed Darby touch another man’s bottom. Ashley later downplayed the incident, calling it a “joke.”