Assault Charges Against ‘Real Housewives of Potomac’s’ Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard Have Been Dismissed
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Charges have been dismissed in the ongoing legal battle between Real Housewives of Potomac stars Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard.

On Friday, the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office told the lawyers for both women that they would not be pursuing their ongoing cross complaints, People Magazine is reporting.

“Charges have been dismissed by the Office of the State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland,” Public Affairs Director Ramón V. Korionoff confirmed to the publication.

Both co-stars were facing assault charges stemming from an incident on Oct. 16, where Samuels allegedly grabbed Dillard by the hair and pulled her down.

Apparently, Bravo cameras were rolling as they’re filming the fifth season of the hit franchise series. Other Real Housewives of Potomac co-stars were present.

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Samuels was charged with second-degree assault after Dillard filed a complaint with the District Court of Montgomery County in Maryland. Samuels later took legal action of her own and Dillard was also faced with second-degree assault charges.

“We are pleased with the final determination by the Montgomery County’s States Attorney’s Office to not proceed against Mrs. Samuels for assault charges brought against her by Candiace Dillard Bassett,” Samuels’ attorney, A. Scott Bolden, told People in a statement after the case was dismissed.

“Consistent with her prior bad acts, offensive words and conduct, and her reputation for physical threats and verbal outbursts on the show, through third party interviews and the review of other evidence, the government concluded not to move forward against my client, Mrs. Samuels,” continued Bolden. “And while the government decided not to pursue my clients defensive claim against Candiace, we are very satisfied that justice was done.”

Dillard’s lawyer, James L. Walker, Jr., gave a similar sentiment in his statement to the publication.

“We are very, very pleased that the prosecutor did not charge Ms. Dillard Bassett with any criminal charges or pursue the criminal charges against her,” Walker said. “As you may recall, the defendant’s legal team made the accusation that our client was the aggressor and assaulted Ms. Samuels by throwing a wine glass at her. However, it is very clear by today’s decision that this was a false allegation.”

Though a criminal case won’t be pursued, the State’s Attorney’s Office decision does not prevent either woman from filing a civil lawsuit against the other, People also reports.


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