According to ET Online, Samuels, 36, has been charged with second-degree assault in Maryland, after Dillard, 32, filed a complaint last week over the Oct. 16 incident. Samuels must now appear in court on the matter Dec. 23.
A source tells PEOPLE the two were at a dinner party alongside their RHOP cast members when Samuels grabbed Dillard by the hair and pulled her down. Bravo cameras were said to be filming the incident the whole time, for the franchise’s upcoming fifth season.
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Real Housewives of Potomac’s Monique Samuels Charged With Assault After Alleged Fight with Candiace Dillard https://t.co/K9huaIpCOL
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Dillard’s attorney James L. Walker, Jr. provided PEOPLE with the following statement: “At this time, we do not want to say too much and just allow the criminal process to play out. We only ask everyone to pray for our client Candiace and her family,” Walker said.
“The physical assault, humiliation and emotional distress have all been very painful and difficult for Candiace, as it would be for anyone attacked so viciously,” he continued.
“We also pray that Monique will get some help,” said Walker. “The summons to court charge of Second Degree Assault is just one step below first-degree assault and must be taken very seriously. This behavior has no place in our society.”
Walker concluded by asking that “everyone respect the privacy of the parties and allow the Montgomery County District Court to exercise its duty here to protect victims like Candiace.”
Meanwhile, Samuels’ attorney, told the outlet that Dillard’s claims are “completely one-sided, inaccurate and unwarranted.”
“Ms. Dillard has a public reputation for aggressive, belligerent and threatening behavior that has played out repeatedly on the Housewives of Potomac for millions of viewers to see for themselves,” Bolden said.
“To be sure, my client did nothing but defend herself in the face of more very aggressive behavior by Ms. Dillard. If this event occurred during taping of the show, I am confident that the video will bear all of this out. My client has every right to file for a counter criminal summons, as well, and will consider doing so, while fully defending herself in this action that has been filed with the Court,” he concluded.
“Either way, I am confident that she will prevail on this matter. Going forward, we hope that Ms. Dillard seeks the help she needs to avoid creating these kinds of unsafe and unfortunate circumstances in and outside of the workplace.”