'The Real Housewives of New Jersey': The 5 Million Dollar Challenge

The Real Housewives of New Jersey won't return until next Monday, May 3, but the girls are already serving the public with all sorts of controversies, including lawsuits and a $5 million challenge. More drama after the jump.

$5 Million Challenge

Kevin Maher, the ex-husband of The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub and subject of the book Cop Without a Badge, which exposed Staub's criminal past, dared Staub to take his $5 million challenge: to pass a lie detector test.

If Staub passes the test, Maher claims he would drop his $5 million lawsuit, which charges The Real Housewives of New Jersey star with "defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress" for statements she allegedly said about him in an interview for People Magazine.

The Naked Truth

Maher's challenge comes on the heels of Staub's autobiography called The Naked Truth, which is set to hit stores on May 25. According to Maher, Staub has been telling different versions of her childhood, including her birth parents and even her Italian lineage--which don't pan out. And this makes Maher, and almost everyone else, wonder just how much truth the book will actually reveal.

More Courtroom Drama

Danielle Staub has clearly made a lot of enemies on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, including Jacqueline Laurita's 19-year-old daughter, Ashley Holmes, who was found guilty of assault for pulling one of Staub's hair extensions in a fashion show last November. Basically, Staub alleges that Laurita and fellow New Jersey cast member Teresa Giudice, also known as the table-flipping housewife, had waited outside a bathroom to taunt her, and that Holmes harassed her when she tried to flee. On the other hand, Laurita tells the Daily News that "[Violence] is never a good thing and I never felt good about it, but Ashley thought she was protecting me."

Sounds like The Real Housewives of New Jersey is off to an interesting start. Season 2 kicks off on May 3 on Bravo.

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