Exposing Danielle was “a safety concern,” Caroline says, promising “more to come”

On Tuesday’s Real Housewives of New Jersey, Danielle Staub’s past as “coke whore” Beverly Merrill was exposed thanks to a book, Cop Without a Badge. (The episode and its images are recapped brilliantly by B-Side.)

Caroline Manzo now says that her family exposed Danielle’s past only for “safety” reasons. “I don’t care about reputation. What happened in the past is her business. I certainly don’t judge anybody. It was a safety concern. Nothing more,” she told People. She even suggests that kids might be in danger around Danielle: “Would you put your child in a situation like that? Until we know the truth, you have to just act reasonably.”

The book “literally fell into our laps. We had no reason to believe that Danielle was somebody other than [who] she represented herself to be. And my niece did tell us about it. When something this explosive falls into your lap, for anyone to just dismiss it would be foolish. It’s beyond catty gossip. There are a lot of facets to this story that can affect us in a negative way,” Caroline said.

Caroline also says that she isn’t controlling Jacqueline’s life. “It seems to be the image that we don’t allow her to [know] outsiders and other friends. That’s so not true. However, Jacqueline looks at the world through rose-colored glasses. Something like this, you have to look at the situation and say, ‘I understand you want to give this person the benefit of the doubt, and I commend you for that. However, please, please look at this with your eyes wide open.’ And that’s just what we did.” And Caroline promised more drama: “There’s more to come. Buckle up.”

Real Housewives’ Caroline on Digging Up Danielle’s Past: ‘It Was a Safety Concern’ [People]
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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.