If you saw episode 1 of Mob Wives, season 6, than you know things got a little heated between new cast member Brittany Fogarty and Renee Graziano. The ladies bumped heads over Brittany’s mothers’ decision to cooperate with the Feds to avoid jail time. Brittany said her mother didn’t want her children to end up in foster care. Renee said she’d do the time, even if it meant her son A.J. would end up in the system.
Graziano later got some flack from fans about her stance, but she said she didn’t get a chance to finish explaining herself. Speaking exclusively to HipHollywood, Graziano told us she’d NEVER put her son in foster care.
“One I wouldn’t do anything criminal to have to put my child in foster care,” Graziano explained. “However if I did do anything criminal, I have a mother, a father, two sisters, aunts, uncles and anyone else, and I’m pretty sure so does Brittany’s mom.”
Renee said she doesn’t know Brittany’s mom personally, but firmly believes she should have taken responsibility for her crime. “I really don’t know her whole story, if she chose to commit criminal activity, and then to lessen her sentence, tattle tale. Sorry I don’t agree with that. Me, I have to take my punishment, because it was my crime.”
Watch Graziano’s full explanation above, and check back next week for part two of our interview where she discusses who else has beef season 6, why she took a break from filming, and if this is really the final season of Mob Wives.
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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