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Dina Manzo’s Ex-Husband Thomas Manzo Pleads Not Guilty After Being Charged With Plotting To Assault Her Now-Husband David Cantin!

Thomas Manzo, the ex-husband of former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina Manzo, and an alleged mobster have pleaded not guilty to plotting to assault Dina’s current husband, David Cantin.

Tommy allegedly hired John Perna, who is allegedly a member of the Lucchese crime family, to attack Dina’s then-boyfriend, Cantin, in July 2015.

Both men pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges on Wednesday during an arraignment hearing conducted through videoconferencing in New Jersey federal court, according to Page Six.

Last week news broke that Thomas is facing federal charges after he allegedly orchestrated an attack on Cantin in 2015. He and Perna 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.

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.”

According to the documents, Thomas was “upset” that Cantin “had an ongoing relationship with” his ex-wife, Dina, and “planned to have a violent assault committed on” Cantin “that would leave a permanent facial scar.”

In early 2015, Thomas “offered to hold the reception for free or at a deeply discounted price if” Perna, “would commit or cause to be committed a violent assault” on Cantin, the indictment states.

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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