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Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe Giudice leaving federal court today in Newark, NJ

Teresa and Joe Giudice appeared on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen last night. For the first time since their sentencing, the couple spoke out publicly about how their crimes have affected their beautiful family.

Since the appearance, many reports surfaced stating that The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars were paid a lump sum of $325,000 for the interview. Though the couple is facing some financial difficulty, Bravo has denied they were paid that much money. The network reportedly stated that the amount was “completely inaccurate,” and another source close to the situation states that the number is simply “way too high.”

Meanwhile, Teresa told Andy why she accepted a plea deal in the first place, maintaining she didn’t understand that jail time was still an option.

According to E! News:

The host asked the Real Housewives of New Jersey star why she’d previously accepted a plea agreement that could have sent her to jail for 27 months. The mother of four replied matter-of-factly, “I didn’t understand that part.”

Teresa claimed that her lawyer did not tell her what the plea deal could potentially entail. “I didn’t fully understand it,” she said. “I thought my lawyer was going to fight for me. I mean, that’s what lawyers do. I don’t know. That’s why you hire an attorney. You put it in their hands. I mean, whatever they wanted from me—believe me—I followed their direction. Whatever they wanted, I gave them. I’m not trying to hide anything.” Teresa, 42, said she was “shocked” that the judge had admonished her and Joe for the “inconsistencies and omissions” in their financial disclosure paperwork. “Whatever I needed to do, I would have [done],” she said. “After I left court, I left court. I never spoke to my attorneys. It was done.”

Teresa is due to surrender on January 5, 2015 for her 15-month sentence and Joe will follow after. The couple was indicted for bank, mail, and wire fraud, and sentenced to consecutive jail time last week. To read more from Teresa and Joe’s interview, click here. 


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