'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Stars' Attorney Responds to Lawsuit Alleging Attack in Caribbean

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Teresa Giudice

"They acted in self defense," says a lawyer for Teresa and Joe Giudice.

Teresa and Joe Giudice's attorney says the Real Housewives of New Jersey stars acted in "self-defense" during an incident in the Caribbean that spurred a Chicago family to sue the reality stars.

The Bravo stars were sued Monday in New York by a Chicago family claiming that Teresa Guidice sprayed champagne in Yolanda Martinez's face. The suit also claims that Guidice and others from the show beat up Martinez’s son-in-law and his cousin Feb. 23 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

"They acted in self defense," the Giucides' attorney, Jim Kridel, told People. "If someone threatens you, you can react with reasonable force. That's what my clients did."

Kridel said that after the champagne incident, there were words, and a member of the Chicago family physically assaulted Teresa Giucide.

"Teresa was hit and assaulted," Kridel said. "She is still in pain over this. This wasn't something that was minor."

But the suit claims that Joe Giudice and Albert, Chris and Albie Manzo attacked some of the family members "without provocation."

However, Kridel claims that's not true.

"It's absolutely ridiculous that they were assaulted without provocation," he said. "These people are very litigious and they are looking for an opportunity to look into someone else's pocket."