‘Real Housewives’ stars appear in court

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Teresa and Joe Giudice breeze past reporters on their way into Newark Federal Courthouse for a first appearance.

A combative Teresa and Giuseppe Giudice arrived at Newark Federal Court Tuesday morning to face charges of fraud and tax evasion.

A red-faced Giuseppe (Joe) Giudice slapped a news camera out of his way as, he and his wife strode into the courthouse surrounded by a media scrum.

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“Calm down, Joe,” his lawyer, Miles Feinstein, pleaded. “Don’t do that.”

“This is strictly a first appearance, a routine one,” Feinstein told reporters. “They’ll set bail.”

The Giudices are accused of hiding their success in a bankruptcy filing following their first season aired.

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The Giudices are accused of hiding their success in a bankruptcy filing following their first season aired.

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The couple, stars of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” declined to answer reporters’ questions before their court appearance.

“They’re presumed innocent,” Feinstein said. “They maintain their innocence. They’re supporting each other.”

Teresa Giudice, 41, and her 43-year-old husband are accused of exaggerating their income while applying for loans before their reality TV show debuted in 2009 — then hiding how well they were doing in a bankruptcy filing after their first season aired.

The combustible couple, who live in Montville Township, N.J., were charged in a 39-count indictment with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud.

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