Last week, it was reported that Real Housewives of Potomac star Candiace Dillard filed a compliant against her co-star Monique Samuels after they had a physical altercation which led to Samuels facing second degree assault charges. Now, Samuels has fired back and filed a compliant of her own and Dillard is now facing second-degree assault charges as well.
According to People, Samuels filed a compliant a week after Dillard filed a compliant against her and a summons was issued for Dillard to appear in court February 6th, 2020. Samuels is scheduled to appear in court on December 23rd, 2019. They both can be arrested for second-degree assault if the judge sees probable cause during their court appearances. If convicted they will face jail time.
These charges stem from a physical altercation the two women had at a dinner party back in October. Dillard claims that Samuels grabbed her by her hair and pulled her down.
“At this point in our investigation, we had no choice but to file this criminal summons case after several attempts to mediate this situation with Ms. (Dillard) Bassett were rejected by herself and her team,” Samuels’ attorney A. Scott Bolden said in a statement. “My client was assaulted by someone known for her aggressive, threatening and belligerent conduct. On this regard, Mrs. Samuels had no choice but to fully defend herself and she did. Nevertheless, my client wants nothing more than to find peace with this situation but unfortunately the ability to do so through mediation has been denied. Therefore this summons is the proper next step for Mrs. Samuels and her right to self-defense.”
Dillard’s attorney James L. Walker Jr. found it funny that Samuels would retaliate by filing charges of her own when she claims she is innocent.
“I did not know innocent people filed counterclaims as a strategic move after we all know they have been charged and caught on video threatening and attacking our client!,” he told People in a statement. “We gladly welcome seeing Mrs. Samuels in court! We pray she is presently getting some type of treatment for anger management! The video is very clear and my client and I have confirmed with the network that Mrs. Samuels was clearly the aggressor!”
The entire situation occurred while the cameras were filming season five of RHOP.