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'Real Housewives of Potomac's' Monique Samuels Charged with Assault

'Real Housewives of Potomac's' Monique Samuels Charged with Assault
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Monique Samuels of "The Real Housewives of Potomac" has been charged with second-degree assault, People magazine reports.

Samuels, 36, who is married to NFL player Chris Samuels, was charged in the District Court of Montgomery County in Maryland over an alleged physical fight on October 16 with her co-star, Candiace Dillard, 32. Dillard, who is married to restaurateur Chris Bassett, filed her complaint with the court on November 7, probable cause was found, and a summons was issued for Samuels.

Samuels is expected to appear in court on December 23, at which time she could face arrest if the judge in the case agrees that there is probable cause.

The incident in question occurred at a dinner party attended by the "RHOP" cast, and it is thought that it was filmed by Bravo. A source told People that Dillard alleges Samuels grabbed her hair and pulled her down.

Dillard's attorney James L. Walker Jr. provided a statement to People saying she did not want to speak on the matter just yet, instead asking for prayers. In the statement, he characterized what happened as a "physical assault" that led to "humiliation and emotional distress."

Samuels' attorney, A. Scott Bolden, told People that Dilliard's claims are "completely one-sided, inaccurate and unwarranted," accusing her of being "aggressive, belligerent and threatening." He said his client was merely defending herself.

The friction is all the more shocking, considering the women were, at one point, close allies on the show.

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