Shame and disgrace befell Michael Darby of ‘The Real Housewives of Potomac’ when a cameraman working on the series accused him of groping his behind without his permission.
His wife, Ashley Darby, worked tirelessly to convince viewers that the allegation was untrue and hoped the fact that her husband wasn’t jailed for the alleged crime would silence talk that he is of the predatory persuasion.
Today, her efforts have been shattered by the release of footage lifted from the very camera Michael’s alleged victim was holding when he was attacked.
On it the horrified cameraman can be heard reprimanding the businessman for touching him.
Damning, as Michael- who claimed the incident never happened when the story first broke- incriminates himself by apologising.
No means no! You heard the camera man say, “Don’t do that!” 2-3 times. Stop making excuses for Michael Darby. @BravoTV @Andy @RHOP_ @_AshleyDarby should be ashamed if Michael returns next season. So because a man was violated, Michael gets a pass? Wrong. Period. #RHOP
— L.A. Matthews (@LA_Matthews) July 29, 2019
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If I saw things right…. Michael Darby did in fact touch that cameramans ass…. #RHOP why else would they show that unseen footage
— TΛYLUR JΛΧSON (@HeyJaxson) July 29, 2019
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Yep, that was disgusting. Had that brotha beat his a#$ it really would have been something. He foes not beed to be in that show. They are upholding sexual assault.
— TaylorLT (@TLTESQ37) July 29, 2019
Darby had this to say for himself in a statement released to ‘PEOPLE’.
On one hand, I was amused by the production company’s amateurish attempt to affect the viewers opinion by first showing video that clearly does not show any improper action by me and then try to couple that with another video which was taken 4 hours later by a different cameraman of a conversation with a cousin of a cast member — not the cameraman — who whenever I see him refers to a well-documented, harmless event that occurred in season one,” Michael said. “On the other hand it shows the level people will stoop to in order to get ratings.”
This was a serious situation where an employee of the production company tried to take advantage of my wife and I by making up a story to try to profit from it. The fact that the production company appears to endorse his actions by splicing together disconnected and unrelated events in order to also profit is really scary for people in my position.
Viewers were not convinced.
— KING K ? (@_KingKarabo) July 29, 2019
— Chrissy ?? (@Kiskiss08) July 29, 2019
I guess Michael Darby didn’t bank on Bravo TV supporting its employee? #RHOP
— Unreliable Narrator (@ashaprovocateur) July 29, 2019
Ima just jump out on the limb and say that Michael Darby is a predator and Ashley is either willfully blind or covering up for him #rhop
— Texas Bamma (@APimpNamedC) July 29, 2019
— All About The Tea ☕ (@AllAboutDaTea) July 29, 2019