Joe Bruno on the Mob – Renee Graziano Weeps in Court

February 8, 2012

It was an extremely uncomfortable situation in Federal court on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012.

Mob Wives’ star Renee Graziano sat in court to hear the criminal charges alleged against her father Anthony Graziano, who was arrested recently. along with several other alleged Mafia figures, including Vincent (Vinny TV) Badalamenti. Also in the courtroom were the relatives of the other defendants, but nary a word, or glance was exchanged between Renee, who was in tears, and the other defendant’s relatives.

The reason for the cold shoulder appears to be that Renee Graziano’s ex-husband Hector “Junior” Pagan, who has been featured in episodes of Mob Wives (including one where the two apparently were headed back together) has been working as an informant for the Feds. Beside giving the Feds inside information on the defendants, Pagan wore a wire when speaking to Anthony Graziano. This wire allegedly revealed that Graziano asked Pagan to collected an overdue usurious loan. This was one of the charges leveled against Graziano in court.

When a reporter approached Renee and asked if she felt uncomfortable being around the relatives of the other defendants, she said, “I don’t feel uncomfortable around anybody. I send my apologies and I feel horrible, but I’m not responsible (for Pagan’s treachery). I didn’t do anything. But I can understand they may feel uncomfortable around me.”

I really don’t see the need for any apologies on Renee’s part. Obviously, she and the executives of Mob Wives knew nothing about Pagan working for Team America. The Feds would never allow this knowledge to leak out, otherwise they would have a very dead ex-informant on their hands.

I realize the show Mob Wives is an abomination, especially from the standpoint of the average Italian-American. I watched one episode and my ears were ringing from all the cursing (one of the stars banged out 22 variations of the f-bomb in a short segment, and seemed proud of the fact). I lived in Little Italy in NY City for 48 years, and I never heard a woman curse in front of me, let alone in front of tens of millions of viewers. (I know women curse, but in my neighborhood, never in front of men. And men never cursed in front of women either. Just the rules. If an f-bomb ever slipped out, there would be an immediate profuse apology. Or a severe smack in the face. Or maybe worse.)

But no matter what you think of the show, or of Renee Graziano in particular, you have to know she was an innocent victim in all of Pagan’s treachery. And what about her son AJ, who is the most innocent victim of all?

As for the lawyer in court who said about Renee Graziano, “She’s the one with the fake face and the black shoe polish hair, right?”, he deserves a kick in the belly. That potty-mouth retort was totally irrelevant to the trial, and if I were his client, I’d make this lawyer totally irrelevant too, by firing him on the spot.

I know there are people out there gloating about the Graziano family’s problems, but I’m not one of them.

Remember the old Indian proverb, “Walk a mile in my shoes.”

Or the verse in the Bible, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

People need to show a little compassion. They’ll never know when they’ll need a little compassion themselves.

You can see the article below at:

‘Mob Wives’ reality show star Renee Graziano has meltdown in federal court

Graziano cries a river for her wiseguy father

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By John Marzulli / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 2:06 AM

“Mob Wives” reality show star Renee Graziano cried a river in federal court Tuesday for her wiseguy father, who was secretly recorded by his scheming former son-in-law.

Graziano, wearing a plush fur coat, covered her face with both hands and wept when the prosecutor discussed her ex-hubby Hector Pagan’s taping of Bonanno gangsters — including her capo father Anthony (TG) Graziano and the crime family’s reputed boss, Vincent (Vinny TV) Badalamenti.

Dabbing her eyes with a tissue, Graziano looked straight ahead and did not glance at the relatives of the other indicted gangsters sitting around her in the courtroom.

I don’t feel uncomfortable around anybody,” Graziano said later. “I send my apologies and I feel horrible, but I’m not responsible (for Pagan’s treachery). I didn’t do anything.

But I can understand they may feel uncomfortable around me,” she added.

Her surprise appearance at a routine status conference surprised some observers.


She’s the one with the fake face and the black shoe polish hair, right?” snipped a lawyer.

A gossip Web site had reported that she suffered a panic attack last month when prosecutors unsealed the indictment against her father, although Pagan’s double-crossing had been known since Anthony Graziano’s arrest two months ago.

Pagan wore a hidden wire since at least last August, recording incriminating conversations about extortions and the armed robbery of a Bonanno-controlled illegal social club, according to court papers.

But Renee Graziano insists she’s not a drama queen.

This is real life — this is reality,” she said. “If I had known what (Pagan) had done, I would have told my father, 100%.

He (Pagan) is dead wrong,” she continued. “My son loved his dad. He’s destroyed by this.”

Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Nicole Argentieri disclosed in court that the feds have a reality show of their own — a videotape of federal agents executing a search warrant at Badalamenti’s social club in Bensonhurst two years ago.

Renee Graziano’s co-stars include Karen Gravano — the daughter of mob rat-of-all rats Salvatore (Sammy Bull) Gravano, who testified against the late John Gotti — and the wives of a couple of Mafia wannabes. The show was created by Renee’s sister Jennifer.

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2 Responses to “Joe Bruno on the Mob – Renee Graziano Weeps in Court”

  1. Joe,
    A an Italian American I have such mixed feelings on these type of shows. On the one hand epics like the Godfather are art Even shows like Goodfellows, Bronx Tale etc. are entertaining The thing that slays me about this show is that everyone acts like a victim here. Are you kidding me? Choices guys! You chose the life. Even those of you who were born into can find their way out.

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