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Caroline Manzo Speaks Out After Arrest Of Dina Manzo’s Ex-Husband Thomas; Says “I Want To Know The Truth”

Caroline Manzo has broken her silence after it was reported that her sister Dina's ex-husband, Thomas Manzo, hired a mobster to assault her then-boyfriend, David Cantin, in 2015. “We are heartbroken. This is family on both sides,” the former Real Housewives of New Jersey star told Extra. “I want to know the truth and my allegiance will lie with the truth.”

She added: “We don’t run from things like this. We address them. And I feel comfortable with that because we are being painted with a brush that does not reflect who we are as people.”

Caroline is married to Albert Manzo, who is the brother of Thomas. Both Albert and Thomas are owners of New Jersey’s Brownstone event hall.

Earlier this week, news broke that Thomas is facing federal charges after he allegedly orchestrated an attack on Cantin in 2015. He and John Perna — who is allegedly a member of an organized crime family — were arrested “on charges of planning and carrying out an assault of Dina’s current husband in exchange for a lavish wedding reception,” according to documents obtained by Us Weekly on Tuesday, June 30.

The charges against the men include “committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity and conspiracy to commit a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity.” Thomas and Perna could face up to 20 years behind bars if they are found guilty. They appeared in court via video conference on Tuesday.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey claimed that Thomas hired Perna to attack Cantin. In exchange for the assault, Thomas allegedly promised Perna a discounted reception at his New Jersey restaurant. The businessman allegedly gave him personal information about Cantin, and Perna and another suspected mobster found him in July 2015, followed him into a strip mall and allegedly assaulted him with “the intent to inflict serious permanent injury.”

Thomas pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, June 30 to the alleged charges. His lawyer, Michael Critchley, released a statement via Page Six saying his client is “absolutely innocent, and the allegations more resemble a fictionalized plot of a reality TV show and will be proven to be nothing more than that.”

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