Arlington real estate developer and restaurateur Michael Darby, a cast member on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Potomac” has been charged with second-degree assault and improper sexual contact, according to court documents.
The two misdemeanor charges stem from a Sept. 1 incident, according to records in the District Court for Montgomery County (Md.). TMZ first reported that Darby, who is married to cast member Ashley Darby (though their status is unclear — last we heard, the couple was splitting), allegedly groped a cameraman during the filming of an episode of the reality series.
The couple owns Oz restaurant in Clarendon.
Darby, 59, could not be immediately reached for comment. In an emailed statement, Bravo said it and production company Truly Original had “suspended filming” with Michael Darby. “We take all allegations seriously,” the statement read. Production company Truly Original in an emailed statement that it had initiated an internal review after learning of the allegations. “We … took all appropriate steps to ensure the safe working environment and safe forum for communication for everyone associated with the production.”
Darby is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 16.
Update: Prosecutors have dropped the charges against Michael Darby. Read the story here.