Former "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star James Marchese was booked for domestic violence on April 19, according to TMZ. The reality star is reported to have grabbed his wife Amber Marchese by the throat during an altercation, which went down on a Virgin America red-eye flight at LAX Airport in Los Angeles.
The fight happened before take off, allowing LAX Police Department officers to board the plane and remove James. He was then booked for felony domestic violence, though James is telling a much different story.
The former "Real Housewives" husband told TMZ that the cops and Virgin America don't have the right story. After his wife Amber bailed him out, James maintained his story of innocence, and hinted that he would be suing Virgin by saying, "I guess Virgin Atlantic wanted to take care of my kid's scholarship fund."
When the TMZ cameraman inquired about whether or not that meant litigation, James responded, "Oh I'm definitely pressing charges."
The Marcheses were the new kids on the block on the last season of "Real Housewives of New Jersey." The paired joined during the sixth season of the successful show, but were disappointed about how they were portrayed. Amber told People magazine in November 2015 that the show "did not allow the viewers" the opportunity to get to know her, explaining, "The show as not what we expected it to be, and I want to pursue more suitable endeavors."
At that time, Amber was also battling cancer. The reality star's breast cancer had returned for a second time, after she'd undergone a double mastectomy in 2009. In light of their struggle at home, and how they'd been portrayed on camera, both Amber and James decided it was best that they not continue with the show.
In February 2016, James took to Twitter to share that he's writing a book about their experience on the "Real Housewives of New Jersey." He gave fans an estimated release date of late summer 2016. If his book is published, he will be the first of the Real Housewives' husbands to speak out about the series.
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