RHONJ's Teresa Giudice cuddled up to her boyfriend Luis "Louie" Ruelas promising "new beginnings" after his ex accused him of "abuse."
Teresa, 48, took to Instagram to share a picture with Louie on Monday night after his former fiancee accused him of "controlling behavior" in a shocking lawsuit that was filed but later dropped.
"New year New beginnings," the Real Housewives of New Jersey star captioned it after her 20-year marriage to Joe Giudice ended and she began dating Louie about three months ago.
The lovebirds were all over each other at a wedding, enjoyed on-the-street PDA sessions and cuddled at a football game as Teresa recently described Louie as the "best thing that came out of 2020."
However, The Sun exclusively revealed that Louie was accused of “controlling and abusive behavior” by his ex in a shocking lawsuit that was filed but later dropped.
In New Jersey court papers exclusively obtained by The Sun back in November 2020, Louie’s ex-fiancee claimed he engaged in this behavior towards her during their engagement from February 2019 to October 2019.
The lawsuit was filed on April 15 but the woman dropped it on May 20 last year.
“In October 2019, [Louie] abandoned [his ex] in Provincetown, Massachusetts and then padlocked [his ex] out of the [New Jersey] home that they shared," she claimed.
“After some other instances of controlling, abusive behavior, [Louie] gave [his ex] various gifts to induce [her] to continue her relationship with [Louie].”
She alleged that he formed a social worker company as a “gift” to her with the "representation" that she would have sole control over the business during their relationship.
His ex-girlfriend also alleged that the business “arrogated unto himself” sole control over the company.
She made the same accusations were made regarding the company’s website and business email.
The ex alleged Louie did this “with the intent to destroy and tortuously interfere with [her] business as a licensed social worker and to seek personal revenge against [her].”
She claimed his alleged actions regarding the business was done “with intent to cause [her] to suffer severe mental distress.”
The woman claimed Louie “threatened” he will “seek to damage her educational degree in social work and her license as a social worker.”
The court papers continued: “In addition, [Louie] has threatened [the ex] that he will contact her friends to damage her reputation.”
She also claimed he has “refused” to allow her to get her belongings from their former home.
The woman requested a temporary restraining order stopping him from having control over the business, website and email. She also asked for compensation and costs for attorney fees.
A rep for Louie did not immediately respond to The Sun's request for comment when the bombshell exclusive was published.
Teresa's new beau is a co-founder of Digital Media Solutions and launched his first business at the age of 19.
They met a couple of months ago at the Jersey shore, according to TMZ, and Joe is "happy to see [his ex-wife] with someone new."
Louie is the father of two sons and has raised money for autism charities, as his son has been diagnosed with the disorder.
The Bravo starlet confirmed her new relationship when she captioned a photo from a football game on Instagram: “Excited to reveal my new boyfriend.”
She was formerly married to Joe, who is now living in his native Italy.
They both served time behind bars for exaggerating their income, hiding increased assets, and failing to file tax returns between 2004 and 2008.
The former pair were married for 20 years and they welcomed four daughters, Gia, 19, Gabriella, 16, Milania, 15, and Audriana, 11.
On social media, it appears Joe is moving on as well after sharing a photo of a "beautiful" mystery woman.
Speaking on The Wendy Williams Show in October, he said: "I'm actually seeing a lawyer. She's helping me out a lot out here. You know what I mean?"
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