Dolores Catania Reflects on Her Ex, Frank Catania, Getting Disbarred — and How They Got Back on Track
The RHONJ businesswoman opens up about learning about her ex-husband’s career woes.
When Season 9 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey kicked off, Dolores Catania was dealing with an issue regarding her ex-husband, Frank Catania, who had been disbarred for misappropriating client funds — but had waited a bit of time before telling his ex about the major change in his life. Luckily, the exes have since bounced back from the incident, which took place late last year, as Dolores made clear recently on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen (clip above), as well as when she stopped by The Daily Dish offices. She also elaborated a bit more about that saga in their relationship.
While she wasn’t happy that he wasn’t upfront with her, she noted to The Daily Dish, "It was so devastating what he went through, that I understand it was too hard to tell me. So I have compassion for him. It’s not acceptable, but I kind of understand where it came from."
Dolores Catania Says She and Ex-Husband Frank Catania "Are in a Better Place Than Ever"
Dolores was first confronted with Frank’s disbarment during the Season 8 reunion, but at the time she was in the dark about that news regarding the father of her two kids, so she really couldn’t address the issue. When she eventually learned all the details after the big sit-down with Andy Cohen and the crew, she wasn’t happy. "No matter how hard something is, have I ever turned my back on him? No. So, I was pissed off," she said, before revealing how they were able to mend fences: "You have to drop [it] and move on from it."
You can track Dolores and Frank’s journey every Wednesday at 9/8c. Preview, below.
Dolores O’Riordan splits from husband of 20 years days after air rage arrest
The Limerick Leader last night tweeted that the star’s mother confirmed the split in a detailed interview after air rage incident
- 17:41, 20 FEB 2018
- Updated 15:01, 21 FEB 2018
Dolores O’Riordan’s mum has revealed that her daughter is separating from her husband after 20 years of marriage.
The superstar singer, who was arrested this week over an alleged air rage incident, is in a "very vulnerable" state and is under the care of a psychiatric doctor, her mother Eileen O’Riordan said.
Eileen, who lives in Ballybricken, Co Limerick, said: “She is going through a marriage separation at the moment. That’s hard for anyone."
The 43-year-old Cranberries lead singer was arrested at Shannon Airport shortly before 5am on Monday in connection with alleged assaults on a flight attendant and a garda on board a flight from JFK airport in New York.
While Dolores, a mother of three, is “doing much better”, she failed to recognise her mother when Eileen visited her at Shannon garda station following the incident.
Eileen said that medical results indicated there was no alcohol or drugs detected in her daughter’s system.
Eileen, speaking to the Limerick Leader newspaper, recalled seeing her daughter when she arrived at Shannon Garda Station.
She said: “Dolores was inside in a room, she was lying on the floor, curled up. She had her head covered and her face covered up. She was trying to protect herself. I gave her a hug. I tried to talk to her. She didn’t realise I was there at all. I put Lourdes water on her.
“She didn’t know who I was, she was trying to cover herself from me.”
Eileen first became aware of the incident on Monday morning after her son received a call.
“I was getting up at about half past six or seven in the morning. I was expecting her, getting her breakfast ready,” she recalled.
She had spoken with her daughter the previous day but a mother’s instinct told her something wasn’t right with Dolores.
“She rang on Sunday to say she was coming. She was OK then but she wasn’t herself. She wasn’t Dolores. She would hide it from me. If I asked ‘are you sleeping?’ she would say: ‘Oh I am, I am.’”
While she hadn’t seen her daughter for a number of months, Dolores would ring Eileen most days, and going on their conversations Eileen feared that something was going to happen.
“I was waiting for it, hoping that it wouldn’t happen in New York.
"It would be awful because she wouldn’t have the support there. She is suffering from lack of sleep over the weeks and her brain is racing all the time.
"She is working very hard. When she was in New York she kept saying ‘when I go home to my mother in Ireland, I will be fine’. She was working in New York producing a new album.”
While the singer continues to receive medical attention, “she is a lot better than what she was, thanks be to God”.
“She was so bad when I saw her first in Shannon,” Eileen recalled. “She is under the care of a psychiatric doctor at the moment, a very nice lady. She is still in Ireland. She has a nurse with her and a doctor visits her every day because she can’t go out.”
Dolores speaks on the phone to her children Taylor, 16, Molly, 13, and nine-year-old Dakota who are currently with their father Don Burton in Canada.
“They just know that mommy isn’t well at the moment,” said their grandmother.
Dolores married Don Burton, a former tour manager of rock band Duran Duran, at Holycross Abbey, Tipperary in 1994 with the reception taking place in Aherlow House Hotel.
The couple who met when The Cranberries and Duran Duran were on tour have owned a number of properties including Riversfield Stud outside Kilmallock where they lived for a number of years as well as homes in Dublin and Canada, during their 20-year marriage.
Reflecting on the alleged air rage incident itself, Eileen said Dolores was being hassled on the flight for autographs.
“She had two glasses of wine with her dinner when she started off but she had no alcohol or drugs in her system. That is completely clear.
“She was accompanied by a producer and songwriter. I believe there were people hassling her to sing and for photographs on the plane. She just lost it.”
Though the full facts have yet to be established, it is reported that Dolores – whose band The Cranberries has sold over 40 million albums worldwide – stamped on a flight attendant’s foot and headbutted a garda. She was arrested and subsequently hospitalised at University Hospital Limerick.
“She is not like that. Everyone is saying the media have blown it out of all proportion. There is a lot of anti-Limerick in it, a lot of that in it,” said Eileen who last spoke to Dolores this Wednesday morning.
The flight attendant received medical attention at University Hospital Limerick.
“That girl is a friend of hers. She is a very nice girl. She knows her for years. She was getting out of her seat because as far as I know the man behind her was poking her – the couple were well drunk, free drink of course. She just lost it and got up and walked on the girl. She had big old boots on her.”
While Eileen said she hasn’t read the media coverage, the general public have been very kind and respectful of her daughter at this difficult time, including the gardai.
“I must say they were extremely nice. They couldn’t have been nicer to Dolores and myself at the time. There is an email from somebody who was on the plane to say that it is a terrible reaction – an over-reaction.
“Anybody I have spoken to – my friends, my parishioners and all the community, all I have got is prayers and good wishes and love from everybody I have spoken to.”
She credits her strong faith with giving her the strength to remain strong and steadfast for her daughter.
“I never cried about it,” she said.
“I pray. I don’t know what I would do only for my religion. There are so many good people – so many I have met are lovely and are thinking of her and praying for her and what more can we do at this stage.”
RHONJ Star Dolores Catania’s Ex-Husband Frank Catania Is Disbarred from Practicing Law, Find Out Why Plus Dolores Reacts to the News
The shocking disbarment actually occurred late last year, but the news completely flew under the radar. However, it will be a hot topic on the new season of the RHONJ, which premieres tomorrow night.
According to court documents, on November 17, 2017, the Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled that Frank “be disbarred for the knowing misappropriation of client and escrow funds” which is described as “conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.”
Since then, Frank, who was admitted to the bar of New Jersey in 1991, has been restricted from practicing law with his name “stricken from the roll of attorneys.”
A September 2014 report, from NJ Advance Media, reveals Frank was accused of misappropriating client funds in 2010 after he allegedly put one of his client’s funds into a private business account. At the time, it was noted that if he was found guilty, Frank would be facing an admonition from the ethics office.
In the complaint, it was alleged that Frank had moved $15,000 from a client’s escrow account into his business, Cattino Fitness Corp., and paid $10,000 for legal fees from another account.
In his own court filings, Dolores’ former husband said it took him several months to pay back the money because of a “delay in remembering the existence of those loans.”
It also appears Dolores will be addressing Frank’s disbarment on the RHONJ, as a sneak peek of the season 9 premiere episode shows Dolores sitting down with Teresa Giudice, who informs her that Danielle Staub recently brought up her ex-husband’s legal issues.
“It was weird because she did bring you up and she was saying something about how Frank was disbarred. I’m like, ‘We don’t really talk about stuff like that,’” Teresa explained.
Dolores is not pleased about the news and proceeds to slam Danielle.
“Teresa, tell f**face to f**king shut her mouth,” Dolores fumed. “She’s a f**king nag. She’s a troublemaker. She’s a f**king wakadoo.”
“If I see Danielle at Melissa’s birthday, I’m either going to be the person that’s going to ignore her or I’m going to be Patterson Dolores and flip out like I always do,” Dolores added in her confessional.
When it comes to discussing the actual disbarment, Dolores makes it clear she doesn’t want to talk about it.
“There’s like an unwritten law in Italian culture where you don’t ask someone their personal business,” Dolores said in her cast confessional. “You don’t address the pink elephant in the room. If I choose to share it, that’s my choice. Of course, Danielle missed the memo on that I guess.”