Monique Samuels Feels “Completely Foolish” Over Candiace Dillard Brawl!
Now that the fight episode on Real Housewives of Potomac has aired, Monique Samuels is finally able to see how wrong she was.
Last week, Monique Samuels tried to claim that she was in a blackout when the incident took place, but the footage showed she was lucid.
See the footage showed that Monique Samuels described the incident in detail while in the back seat of her car on her way home. Read on since Monique Samuels feels Foolish…
CelebnMusic247.com reports that the Real Housewives of Potomac’ star Monique Samuels admits that the beatdown that took place between herself and Candiace Dillard was deeper than just the deterioration of their friendship.
Samuels, 37, tells PEOPLE of the physical altercation that aired where she hit Dillard repeatedly on the head was wrong.
Monique Samuels says she feels “absolutely remorseful” and “completely foolish.”
It wasn’t just about [Candiace] that night. Once it became physical, my response was that of defending myself, but also that pounding was for every person that has ever done anything to me. For that, I just felt like, ‘Wow, [Candiace] didn’t deserve all of that.’ I do not excuse my actions. I take full ownership of my part in the altercation.
Although she admits to being at fault, Samuels does feel that she was “egged” on. Samuels says, recalling the incident, which took place at a winery where Gizelle Bryant‘s recent literary award was meant to be celebrated.
Monique goes on to say, Candace stating “I’m through with her,” is what set her off.
She starts coming closer and then that hand comes right next to my chin and instantly, now that I look back, that was definitely a trigger. I don’t like hands in my face. I said, ‘Get your hand out of my face’ and ‘You need to back up,’ but she did not. That’s when she starts saying, ‘You gone drag me?’ Where I grew up, if you don’t want to engage in a fight and a person says back up, then you back up. That’s where the tone changed. She egged me on with that question, and I returned it by touching her hair, which I shouldn’t have done. That definitely escalated things.
That’s when she starts saying, ‘You gone drag me?’ Where I grew up, if you don’t want to engage in a fight and a person says back up, then you back up. That’s where the tone changed. She egged me on with that question, and I returned it by touching her hair, which I shouldn’t have done. That definitely escalated things.
In a statement to PEOPLE, Dillard addressed Samuels’ claim about being “egged on”:
If me ‘egging’ Monique on in a verbal altercation is Monique‘s justification for physically attacking me, does that mean that I was within my rights to physically attack her at Ashley‘s dinner when I was trying to speak and she chose to talk over and taunt me like a five-year-old? By my standards, no. This is a 37-year-old woman attempting to use a mutual verbal spat to justify barbaric behavior. I will never understand. Furthermore, after I was grabbed by my hair and yanked down onto a table, anything that I did to defend myself against a grossly emotionally deficient woman is my business and her consequence.
Samuels thought that Dillard pushed her, but later realized it was Bryant, 50, trying to innocently separate them from each other.
I didn’t know that was Gizelle. I thought that was Candiace, so I’m thinking, ‘now I’m grabbing.’ So as I grab her, and then she hits me in the face with the wine glass and wine splashes me … that moment is when I blacked out. My body just took over. I went into shock.
I was told by certain people in production that the wine glass didn’t happen. What they didn’t understand was that my lip wasn’t cut with sharp glass, my lip was busted from the impact of blunt force against my face. … Glasses were flying left and right and everyone asks why didn’t I let her go. I couldn’t even hear.
Monique says, explaining her reason for holding on to Dillard as her castmates screamed for her to stop.
My whole entire being was in a state of shock [and] I didn’t let her go because when I finally snapped out of it, [Candiace] was still throwing glasses.
Samuels adds “I couldn’t even hear” because she was so angry.
People ask why you went back after her and I’m like she’s literally yelling, ‘She’s fired, right?’ That made me feel she did this on purpose. You didn’t expect the fight would happen but you created this and took it to a whole other level and the first thing you say is, ‘She’s fired?’ I’m like okay, she wants me to be fired. Then let me go and finish this.
Monique brings up the time when Dillard pointed and threw a knife at Ashley Darby in season 4.
I’ve seen her with a knife in her hand. I’ve seen her almost fight her husband to get someone. I saw parts of the reunion that didn’t air when her and Ashley were arguing and she jumped off the couch and told her, ‘You better shut your mouth before I come over and shut it for you.’ I’ve seen her in action, so if we’re having this verbal altercation and I say back up, I don’t know what’s next.
Still, Samuels wishes she would have walked away.