Manzo, 40, reveals to Life & Style that the real reason she walked away from the hit reality show was because Staub tried to have her daughter taken away.Listen, RHONJ viewers should know by now that Danielle Staub is a lying, manipulative, prostitution whore capable of anything and there's no reason not to believe Dina's version of events here. But on a "Watch What's Happens Live" episode a couple of weeks ago big sister Caroline seemed to allude to the idea that Dina didn't necessarily have to leave the show, which makes it appear that there's a little more to this story that we're not getting. I wish Dina didn't leave, especially for a waste of sperm like Danielle, and sadly you just know Danielle's going to make sure she has the last word on this.
During the show's first season in 2008, Manzo's daughter, Lexi, then 12, required parental permission to join the cast. Both Manzo and her ex-husband gave their permission.
"My ex husband was well aware of Lexi's involvement in the show," Manzo told the mag. "She would often call him with details after a day of shooting."
However once the show aired and her ex saw the content, he allegedly decided he wanted Lexi off the air. It was this moment, according to Manzo, when Staub began to spread malicious lies in an attempt to turn Lexi's dad against the reality star.
"She told my ex's family that I'd actually forged his signature on the contracts, which I did not," Manzo said. "She knew she could work on his emotions, so she supplied him with every phone number of everybody he'd need to follow through with a lawsuit - contacts at Bravo, our production crew and her attorneys."
Fortunately for Manzo, her ex-husband didn't believe Staub's tales and never went forward with filing a lawsuit.
"She thought more would come of it, like I could lose custody," Manzo explained. "She just wanted to hurt me."