The explosive Cabernet combat between Monique Samuels and Candiace Dillard was shown on The Real Housewives of Potomac and people are picking sides. As previously reported Candiace filed charges first claiming that Monique grabbed her by the hair and pulled her down at a winery. Bravo cameras caught the entire incident on camera and producers and cast members were seen peeling Monique off Candiace who continuously told Monique to “drag her.”
Monique followed up by filing counter-assault charges against Candiace claiming self-defense noting that Candiace has a “history” of “aggressive, threatening, and belligerent conduct.” An attorney for Monique added that Candiace hit Monique in the face with a wine glass, leaving her with a bloody nose and lacerated lip—thus leading to her defending herself against the aggressor.
In both cases, both ladies faced potential jail time if a second-degree assault conviction had been made but the charges were dismissed.
You can see the fight seemingly in full with no cutaways below.
After the fight, Monique told her disappointed husband Chris that she blacked-out but noted that she was provoked. Sound familiar?
“Her mom should’ve popped her a long time ago,” said Monique about Candiace while noting that things escalated quickly. “Now I really want nothing to do with her, I probably don’t need to be in the same room with her. This was literally a long time coming—I just literally snapped. [..]Egging me on and provoking me? What did you expect, a hug and a kiss?!”
The ladies’ castmates have weighed in including Ashley Darby who said “no one is innocent”…
and interestingly enough two innocent parties in the fight, Gizelle Bryant and Robyn Dixon, are somehow being blamed. According to viewers the “green-eyed bandits” stirred the pot leading up to the physical altercation.
Furthermore, viewers are pointing out that Gizelle pushed Monique before Monique started hitting Candiace. Monique also questioned who pushed her.
Robyn Dixon is pointing out however that Gizelle was only trying to push Monique away to de-escalate the situation.
Are YOU #TeamMonique or #TeamCandiace???
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Newbie Dr. Wendy Osefo is NOT here for the violence.
“We can have our verbal disagreements, but when things get physical I draw the line. I do not stand for that. #RHOP”
She also said her “mommy instincts kicked in” and she tried to protect both Monique and Candiace. In the clips, you can see Dr. Wendy pushing the ladies away from each other.
Robyn is continuing to defend herself amid allegations that she’s partially to blame for Monique Vs. Candiace. Viewers have brought up a season 2 clip showing Robyn putting her finger in Ashley’s face. According to Robyn, that’s NOT the same thing as “grabbing someone’s hair and repeatedly hitting them on the head after 3 male producers had to jump in.”
She’s standing by her comments that the physical fight was unnecessary.
Monique is sending out a positive message about moving forward from her “low” moment.
“The blessing of experiencing lows means there’s no where to go but UP!’ tweeted Monique. “Keep watching to see the entire journey. I’m grateful for my ups and my downs because they help me grow.”