“Real Housewives of Potomac” star Michael Darby is speaking out after he was accused of groping a cameraman during filming for the fourth season of the Bravo show. His wife, Ashley Darby, was there to back him up.
On September 28, news broke that Michael Darby was allegedly arrested and charged with touching a worker’s butt who then alerted his supervisor. Days after the alleged incident, Bravo reportedly suspended the realtor from filming until the complaint was investigated.
Eventually, the charges were dismissed due to a lack of evidence and now the 59-year-old is clearing his name by telling his side of the story.
“During the filming, I had to go out and take a photograph. I was inside and I moved to go out, and I did bump into the cameraman. I presumed it was that cameraman, I don’t really know him, we’ve both filmed with him a couple of dates. Bumped into him and he said, ‘Don’t do that.’ And I said, ‘I’m sorry,’ and we moved on. It was instantaneous.”
The restaurant owner revealed that he was never arrested and that the accuser, Orville Palmer, quit the day after he tried to file charges.
“There were a 100 people at an event; cameras everywhere, outdoor event at the Samuel’s house. But there would have been witnesses who would have seen it. In fact, the complaint referenced two witnesses in a hearing we had, and those two witnesses he didn’t bring to the hearing. And subsequently, I have received affidavits from those two witnesses saying they saw nothing and they would have seen or heard something had something had happened”
Darby went on to say: “I didn’t do anything. There was a prosecutor that didn’t have evidence to say I did anything, so he threw it out. I’m completely exonerated and completely cleared. The problem is there were some press outlets that stated I was arrested, that was completely inaccurate. You can’t be arrested if you can’t get through a system for the Montgomery county prosecutor office to be able to charge me. That hurt me.”
“RHOP” star Ashley backed up her husband’s story and revealed that she saw it take place. If what was reported was accurate, Ashley claims that she would have taken it seriously because she was sexually abused as a child.
What do you think happened? Is the couple telling the truth?