BY TAMARA TATTLE STAFF
First of all, “butt-grabbing” is wrong. You should never grab anyone’s butt. If you are going to grab someone’s butt you should do it in dark bars while everyone is drunk like normal people. You should definitely never grab anyone’s butt while in their place of work*. It’s wrong. Very, very wrong, and also against the law. You should never touch anyone’s body without their permission.
Michael Darby apparently was unaware of this. According to Tamara Tattles Sources, the recent charges against Michael are the result of multiple incidents while filming Real Housewives of Potomac. He apparently likes to kick and pat the butts of male crew members.
The most recent charges are based on an incident that occurred on September first during filming at the home of Chris and Monique Samuels. According to court documents, Palmer claims, “As I walked out to the pool patio area, Michael Darby grabbed and groped my buttocks several times. As I turned around he smiled and gave me a flirtatious look.” Palmer reported the incident to his supervisor immediately and pressed charges three days later. At that time he was granted a temporary restraining order. Darby is expected to answer charges in court on October 16, 2018.
In the wake of events both Bravo and Truly Original have released statements. “Bravo has comprehensive policies and guidelines relating to the safety of cast and crew which production companies are required to follow, in addition to their own protocols they have in place. Bravo and Truly Original, the production company for The Real Housewives of Potomac have suspended filming with Michael Darby.”
Truly Original announced “Immediately upon learning of these allegations, we commenced a thorough internal review and, per our protocol, took all appropriate steps to ensure the safe working environment and safe forum for communication for everyone associated with the production. The review is ongoing and we are not able to comment further.”
If this seems like much swifter justice than usual for Bravo and a production company, it’s because Darby is not under contract with either Bravo or Truly Original. He’s not a paid employee and has only signed a release so they are not obligated to keep him around.
Orville was granted a temporary restraining order that expired on Thursday. Orville was back in court on Friday to ask for a permanent restraining order that was not granted because he failed to meet the burden of proof. The new documents submitted in the court order stated that Darby had previously kicked him in the butt. #MiddleSchoolMemories
Darby is the owner of the very successful Monument Reality a company he has owned and operated for 20 years and successfully navigated through the recession of 2008 that caused real estate values to plummet to depths they have only in the past few years recovered from. Prior to relocating to the DC area, Darby was a business man in Australia who ran unsuccessfully for political office on more than one occasion.
It seems to me this is getting a whole lot of publicity. TMZ has run three separate stories on this case within just a couple of days. The story has also run in USA Today, Fox News, and other sites that used to pass as actual news sites. Is is me or is this a lot for some guy who is not even officially on the show?
Michael has been charged with felony assault as well as misdemeanor improper sexual contact. The maximum punishment is 11 years in prison.
Am I the only one who thinks that, ALTHOUGH BUTT TOUCHING IS VERY, VERY, BAD, charging this as a felony is completely absurd? I tried really hard to give a hard news report on this above in my best journalist voice, but come the fuck on. Muggers don’t get charged with a felony. Couldn’t this have been handled the old-fashioned way with a sock in the face and a swift kick to the balls? Should they have just kicked Michael out of filming the first time Michael tried to show his lust for the cameraman by his middle school kick to the butt?
Meanwhile, Nanny Dawn was ALLEGEDLY cornered and legally kidnapped in Travis’ home when he refused to let her leave and was tearing at her clothes according to her police report and he’s charged with a misdemeanor?
Again, butt grabbing is bad. Apparently, a “flirtatious look” also know by some as a disarming smile to convey playfulness does not negate the severity of the action in a court of law. But a FELONY? This really irks me. Does this really warrant such national attention?
I will await my flogging now from GLH and others who are going to school me on unwanted touch and how it is never appropriate and how men can be the victims of sexual assault too and how misandrous conduct is just as bad a misogynist conduct and how I am going to hell for thinking Michael was really, really overcharged. I know it is coming. And I didn’t even say that he’s Australian and things are different there. Ooops.