Grab a big glass of poncha and get ready to get ready for the party this Sunday. The Real Housewives of Potomac, because it will be good. Of course, by well, we mean dramatic, and ET has its exclusive first look! The ladies are still in Portugal for their trip with the entire cast (minus Monique Samuels), but a fun night takes a left turn when the group’s conversation revolves around Monique and her legal battle with Candiace Dillard. At this time, the co-stars had pressed charges against each other regarding their October 2019 physical altercation at a Maryland warehouse.
“I want you to hear this from me, rather than watch it, so … Monique asked me to write a statement,” Ashley Darby confesses to Candiace. “I did it because I am worried about what might happen to him.”
“Hmm,” Candiace purrs. “Are you… worried about what might happen to him?”
Wendy Osefo asks if the statement is a character statement or a witness statement, as the other women point out that Ashley was not present at the incident that led to this legal battle (she was in the bathroom when she fell). Gizelle Bryant then says to Robyn Dixon, “That was your question.”
“Monique’s attorney said she should write down what was publicly seen,” Ashley explains. “So, I wrote about what happened at your house, at the meeting and then how we had comings and goings on social media.”
“So basically, the statement was to assassinate Candiace’s character?” Wendy asks.
“It’s not about murder,” Ashley responds, while Wendy interrupts her to add, “That’s what it was.”
“They’re trying to weaken Candiace’s case,” Wendy suggests, “saying that Candiace has a temper that will result in someone being physical with her.”
Check out the tense conversation for yourself here:
“The fact that she asked you when you weren’t even there is questionable,” Gizelle tells Ashley. “But she knew you would, based on your relationship.”
“Why is she my friend?” Ashley asks, apparently to get some clarity from Gizelle. But then Candiace intervenes and says to Ashley: “[Monique] She has told me, her, and her husband about you. “
“But what matters to me is the action, and what Monique acted and what she did …” Ashley responds, being interrupted by Candiace, who says that Ashley cares about “strategy”.
“She’s playing dog shit,” Candiace tells Ashley, who ignores the dig.
“Everyone can see that though, my statement doesn’t carry that much weight,” Ashley tells the group, Candiace intervenes once more to ask, “So why do it?”
“My goal is to lessen what could happen to Monique and not harm you,” says Ashley, as Monique potentially faced a serious jail sentence.
“But Ashley, you also said that you wrote this statement as a kind of revenge on Candiace,” Robyn notes, and Gizelle adds, “You said, now you’re on hand,” prompting an “Ooh, damn it!” from Wendy.
The charges against both women were eventually dropped, and viewers will see that part of the story unfolds in the later episodes of RHOP season 5, which leads to an explosive fight between Candiace, Ashley, and their husbands at Robyn’s engagement party.
“I don’t have much to say about Ashley,” Candiace told ET in October. “She is not a person I am interested in having a relationship with. I do not find her genuine. I do not consider her someone who has a soul. She is just, she moves in a particular way that she does. It does not work for me. And really. I have nothing to say about her. I wish her the best, I guess. “
All of this will unravel in the reunion, which the women filmed this week, in person… with Candiace and Monqiue face to face for the first time since their altercation.
“It’s a lot of prayer and, you know, medication, the flower type if possible,” Candiace said of how she was preparing for the sit-down special. “It’s not going to be easy. It’s not going to be easy at all for me. I think the only reason I’m okay doing it is because there’s a part of me that wants, I think, to laugh and be entertained by any version of this ordeal which he will bring with him and finally put her to bed. “
The Real Housewives of Potomac airs Sundays at 9 pm ET / PT on Bravo.