Teresa Giudice, the 41-year-old "Real Housewives Of New Jersey" star, who was recently indicted on fraud charges with her husband Joe Giudice, may have put her businesses at risk.
The Giudices are defending themselves against allegations that they attempted to illegally obtain mortgages while withholding information about their income from their reality television show. While Teresa endorses haircare brand Youthful 8; Milania Collection and Fabellini wine, those involved with both of her products have spoken up amid her indictment controversy.
Jerel James Sabella, the owner and CEO of Youthful8, The Milania Collection, said he was initially shocked to hear about the Giudices facing charges of fraud. Sabella admitted that the company needed to figure out whether they would move forward with Giudice with the allegations brought against her.
"I will be meeting with Teresa within the next few days to better understand the impact the pending trial will have on her, her family and specifically our brand," Sabella said in a recent Radar Online report. "Based on that discussion, we will determine the next steps for The Milania Collection and whether she is the right person to continue to endorse the brand."
Still, he admitted that the product is a success.
"The product line has been met with great success since its launch earlier this year," Sabella told Radar. "Obviously this is a difficult time for the Giudice family and the team at Youthful8 and I wish them the very best."
However, Giudice's Fabellini wine, previously told Radar Online that they would move forward working with her.
"She's gonna be a winner," a Fabellini distributor said.
The Associated Press reported that the Giudices were each released from a Newark, N.J. courtroom last week on $500,000 bond but will not be allowed to leave the New York or New Jersey area. The Giudices are due to return to court Aug. 14 and have yet to officially enter their pleas.