‘Real Housewives’ star says his life is ‘shattered’ after self-reported rape

Jen Shah, a star of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New Jersey, is doubling down on a non-story, claiming her husband Steven was injured in an accident (shoved headfirst into a closet and hurt his…

‘Real Housewives’ star says his life is ‘shattered’ after self-reported rape

Jen Shah, a star of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New Jersey, is doubling down on a non-story, claiming her husband Steven was injured in an accident (shoved headfirst into a closet and hurt his neck), rather than a rape.

Last week, Mr. Shah—a radiation oncologist—wrote a guest column for Upworthy, explaining that the pain of a sexual assault had pushed him “to the brink of manhood.” She responded on Facebook: “You ruined my life by deciding on how to think about me.” It’s all one big non-story now, but Mr. Shah says the story remains a raw subject for him.

“The intent of the article was to be moving and powerful,” he told Upworthy. “Not mawkish or sentimental. Not meant to be softcore porn.”

Through Upworthy, Mr. Shah also said that he and his wife were being condemned for being homophobic and for not calling the police on his violent death threats.

In an interview with The Cut, Mr. Shah said that real friends are “very passionate,” and that he and his wife are “not in this to make a huge mountain out of a molehill.”

He said that the housewives have never been violent toward him, and that the story of the “head-butt” is not about his privacy or his career, but about staying true to the story he wrote.

Mr. Shah said he had never felt “even mildly threatened” by the cast, and that he wished the show would focus on the wealthy, self-proclaimed “jaded professional fight clubs” that make up its periphery.

“They’re the one’s that run with the most awesome sauce, the flashy, the fabulous,” he said. “But they’re also the ones that stand by the side of a building, when it comes time to strike someone, kind of wimping out. They’re not the hardest people around.”

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