The ex-husband of a “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast member and a reputed mobster have pleaded not guilty to plotting to assault the star’s current husband.
Tommy Manzo, 55, of Franklin Lakes, NJ, allegedly hired John Perna, 43, a purported soldier in the Lucchese crime family, to attack the new beau of Manza’s ex-wife, Real Housewives star Dina Manzo, in July 2015.
Both men pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges Wednesday during an arraignment hearing conducted through videoconferencing.
Perna, of Cedar Grove, used a slap jack to beat David Cantin, the TV star’s current husband, in a strip-mall parking lot in Passaic County, the federal indictment said.
In return for the attack, Tommy Manzo allegedly gave Perna a hefty discount to throw a large wedding reception the following month at a Paterson catering hall that Tommy co-owned.
Perna threw a “lavish wedding reception at Manzo’s restaurant for a fraction of the price.” More than 330 people attended the soiree, including scores of Lucchese mobsters, prosecutors said.
Tommy Manzo, 55, and Perna, 43, both face charges for committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity, as well as fraud and other charges.
Tommy and Dina were married for 11 years before their divorce was finalized in 2016.
Perna, 43, has also pleaded not guilty to beating up Cantin, who was dating Dina Manzo at the time. Cantin and Manzo later tied the knot in 2019.
He was also hit with a count of insurance fraud for falsely reporting his Mercedes Benz was destroyed in 2016 after setting it on fire with other Lucchese mobsters.
With Post wires
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