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Monique Samuels Files Counter Assault Charges Against Candiace Dillard!

Monique Samuels has filed a counter claim against Real Housewives of Potomac co-star Candiace Dillard a week after she was charged with assault. According to a filing obtained by Us Weekly, a summons was issued to Dillard by the District Court of Montgomery County in Maryland on Thursday, November 14, for a charge of second-degree assault. A trial date has been set for December 23.

Samuels’ legal action comes a week after she was similarly charged after an incident between the pair on October 16.

The women were at dinner with their costars when they got into a heated argument and Samuels, 36, allegedly grabbed Dillard by the hair and pulled her down towards the ground. It took several people to get Samuels off the former Miss United States as police were called to the scene, all while cameras were rolling for season 5 of the Bravo show.

Samuels’ attorney, A. Scott Bolden, told Us Weekly in a statement that they “had no choice but to file this criminal summons case after several attempts to mediate this situation with [Dillard] were rejected by herself and her team.”

“My client was assaulted by someone known for her aggressive, threatening and belligerent conduct. On this regard, Mrs. Samuels had no choice but to fully defend herself and she did,” he continued. “Nevertheless, my client wants nothing more than to find peace with this situation but unfortunately the ability to do so through mediation has been denied. Therefore, this summons is the proper next step for Mrs. Samuels and her right to self-defense.”

Dillard alleged in an Instagram post on Saturday that her planned appearance at the Washington Fusion vs. Chicago Vikings game in Washington D.C. that night, where she was set to sing that National Anthem, had been canceled due to Samuels’ “personal vendetta.”

Samuels responded on Twitter writing, “Seriously? Boo boo you are not, never was and will never be that important to me. People with no REAL responsibilities crack me up!!! As if I have time to care about your failed attempts at being booked. You’re laughable. Keep showing the world how obsessed you are.”

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